Community Home Health & Hospice employees achieve advanced certifications and promotions

LONGVIEW, Wash., March 8, 2016 – Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) encourages and promotes the intellectual growth and professional development of its employees. Community is pleased to announce several employees have achieved advanced certifications and promotions.

Christina Carpenter passed the Medical Coding Specialist for HomeCare ICD-10 test earning her certification in February 2016. Carpenter has been with Community since 2013 as a coding specialist. In her free time Carpenter is a member of the Kelso Lions; enjoys gardening, crochet, and watching her favorite sporting teams, the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks.

Bettina Fitzgerald, BSN, RN, earned her certification in hospice and palliative care. Fitzgerald has been a hospice nurse for the last seven years and loves her work and what hospice stands for. Fitzgerald and her husband have four children, one grandchild and two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys nature, gardening and scrapbooking.

Stephen Sande was promoted to information systems director. Sande started with Community in 2008 as an information technology technician and has worked in the field since 2000. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science in information security in 2006 from ITT. His free time is spent with his wife Katie and their two children, playing board games, reading, and being involved in their church.

Angelica Thomas, RN, has been promoted to QI/medical records manager. Thomas joined Community in 2010. She graduated from Lower Columbia College with her RN degree in 2009 and holds a 4.0 GPA with UTA’s BSN program.  Thomas and her husband Dave have five children, four grandchildren with one on the way, two dogs and enjoy time spent at the beach.

Melissa Young was recently promoted to human resource manager. Young started with Community in 2007 in the day care. Since 2008, Young has been with Community’s human resources department as an HR & payroll specialist. In her free time, Young enjoys trips with her husband Matt and their daughter, photography and reading.

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