By Debbie Sparks, Development and Marketing Manager
Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners’ function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants (MA) are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to Sharon Trongaard, Clinic Director and Risk and Compliance Officer, “Medical Assistants deserve enormous appreciation as they are the backbone of our health care clinic.” Some of their tasks and talents include putting patients at ease, helping them navigate the health system, performing testing and documenting care, as well as collaborating with providers to improve patient care. At HPC the MAs “shepherd” the providers to ensure clinics run smoothly.
Sharon notes, “we have MAs who are our subject matter experts in Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Diabetic Clinic, Medication-Assisted Treatment and Referral Coordination. Another key role filled by a MA is our Vaccination Coordinator, who has played a key role in providing COVID vaccinations to our community.
We are very grateful for our medical assistants at HPC:
Carolina Barraza, Alicia Jimenez, Mayra Lemus, NRCMA, Andrea Madrigal, Tracie McIntire, Teresa Najera, NRCMA, Tracie Ostermeier, RMA, Abby Rose, Alexis Sanchez, Taylor Sanders, RMA, and MA Extern Jessica Magallanes.