MEET

DR. ODOM-WESLEY

Odom is a name you know. It stands for trust and service.

Elzie D. Odom was elected to the Arlington City Council in 1990 and became Arlington's first African-American Mayor in 1997. Scholarships and an athletic center bear his name. Ruby Odom, a former City of Arlington First Lady, has logged many decades of volunteer service in the community, at her church and Arlington Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley, their daughter, carries forth their service legacy as a member of the Arlington City Council.

 

"I learned early in life that service is the price you pay for the ground you walk on,"

She has been paying her way, serving in various professional and community organizations. 

Dr. Odom-Wesley has engaged in a lifetime of service as a community volunteer, college  professor and successful small business owner who has called Arlington home for nearly 40 years.  She has earned Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees. She has a Doctoral degree in health information management. Her record of service includes leadership in national associations,  non-profit organizations and City Council-appointed boards and commissions. She has received distinguished service awards and special recognitions. Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley is a published author, motivational speaker, wife, mother and grandmother.

Presentation of Qualifications

Career Capsule

Experience:

Consultant in Health Information Management               1991 to present

University level Medical Record & Health Educator          1973 to 2015

Medical Record Administrator                                              1968 - 1973

Competencies:

Demonstrated ability to organize and administer programs and departments and to train personnel in all areas of complex Health Information Systems operation for a variety of healthcare and educational institutions.​

  • Operations Management            

  • Information Management

  • Financial Management              

  • Public Speaking

  • Personnel Management             

  • Instructional Skills

  • Organizational Skills                 

  • Writing Skills

Professional Association Experience/Highlights:

AHIMA

American Health Information Management Association

2015 Educator Award: Making Dreams Come True
Council for Excellence in Education, Workforce Work group, 2012-2013
Judge, Grace Award, 2012 - 2014
Champion Award, 2010 Triumph Awards
Board of Directors, AHIMA Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) 2007-2009
Fellow, 2004
President 2002, Board of Directors 2001-2003

President-elect (2001) & E-health liaison

Diversity Task Force (2000)

Chair, Awards Committee (1999)

Nominating Committee & Awards Committee (1998)

Legislative Committee (1993-1994)

Accreditation Surveyor for educational programs (1985-1993)

Research & Development Committee (1992-93)

Registered Medical Record Administrator (1968) Registration # 6066

TxHIMA

Texas Health Information Management Association

Distinguished Member (2002)

President (1992-93)   Executive Board (1986 - 1994)

 Distinguished Member (1991)

National Delegate (1989-1992

DMRA

SAMRA

Professional Service

Dallas Medical Record Association: President (1982)

San Antonio Medical Record Association: President (1972)

Advisory Boards:

United Way of Tarrant County, Health Impact Council (2005-2017)

Arlington Rehabilitation Hospital (2007 – 2012)

Tarrant County Parenting Center (1998-2004)

Tarrant County Junior College: Medical Record Technology (1981-1992)

Home Health Services of Dallas (1985-1990)

Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District (1985-1992)

Consultant

Healthcare facilities and educational institutions:

Health Velocity Group, Ltd.                                                 Physicians’ Offices

Dallas Nephrology Associates                                            Texas Medical Association

Med-Alert Industrial Health Clinic                                      Trinity Terrace LTC

Medical Insurance Claims Consultants, Inc.                     James West Alzheimer Center

National Medical Care, Inc. Dialysis Services Division

 Higher Education

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD: Health and Family Science (1999)

Education: 

Texas Woman’s University  Denton, Texas

Dissertation: Consumer Informatics: A Model for Documenting and Maintaining Family Medical Records. 

Master of Arts, MA: Multidisciplinary Studies (1980) Incarnate Word College

Education, Business Management, Political Science and Health Care.

Bachelor of Science, BS: Medical Record Science (1968)

Incarnate Word College (IWC), San Antonio, Texas

 Employment History

September 1991 – present

MEDPRO Services, President

Mission: To promote quality healthcare services by improving the quality of healthcare documentation. 

Sole Proprietor of consulting firm offering consulting services to ambulatory healthcare facilities, especially physicians' offices.

July 2004 – June 2015

DEVRY UNIVERSITY, INC.

Curriculum Manager, Health Information Technology (HIT)

Chair, Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program

2003 – 2005

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON (UTA)

Health Care Administration, Internship Coordinator

1980 – 2004

TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY, DENTON, TEXAS

Senior Lecturer in Health Studies

Medical Record Administration Program Director & Tenured Professor

1973 - 1980 

 INCARNATE WORD COLLEGE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Director, Medical Record Administration Program    

Lecturer, Medical Record Science     

1969 – 1973  

BEXAR COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Senior Medical Record Librarian                            

Medical Record Department Director                     

"These experiences have prepared and positioned me for a higher level of service leadership.  To whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48)."

Purposed. Prepared. Positioned. 

Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley I  Arlington City Council

At Large, District 8