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May 9, 2018

A 'Thank You' to Our Nurses

AmyBannisterAmy Bannister
Clinical SME

"I wanted to go into a profession that offered professional growth along with the opportunity to help people."

Why did you go into nursing?
I wanted to go into a profession that offered professional growth along with the opportunity to help people. There are many different paths in nursing - from bedside care to implementations. I think I have walked down all of them at one time or another!
Where did you go to school? 
I went to school in Beverly Mass.
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I have been doing implementations supporting client clinical business owners since 2011. Due to a series of sales and mergers I found myself in a place where I felt a disconnect from my personal professional beliefs and values.  When I heard about the position at Altruista, I jumped on it! In the application process, I was able to meet and talk to the team that I would be working with. I felt the connection then and still do now.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
Mostly the people I work with and the way we all work together to manage the day to day challenges. Mike is a great boss and I have learned a lot from him and from the rest of the team– thank you Nancy, Danielle, Sarah, Dr. Hema and Jennie and Dr. Khaneja! 
 
Danielle Sontz-Morrison, RNDanielle Sontz-Morrison, RN
Clinical Senior Medical Expert

"I like being a part of the innovation as we move our application to the next level in meeting the national needs of the medical community  and the members it serves. "

Why did you go into nursing?
I went to nursing school because I was always intrigued by medical care and helping to educated and support people and families in a time of need. I started as a Paramedic in High School which only increased my desire to help others in a time of need.

Where did you go to school?
I went to Curry College in Milton, MA and University of New England in Biddeford, ME  for my Undergraduate nursing degree and am in the process of finishing in June my Graduate degree in MSN - Nursing Informatics at Chamberlain University in Chicago, IL
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I was recruited to Altruista from a community based acute care hospital in which I was the outpatient applications manager for all hospital based practices which included specialty practices, primary care, internal medicine, and pharmacy. I was instrumental in implementing the electronic financial, medical care, and pharmacy systems for our hospital based practices.  
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
I like being a part of  the innovation as we move our application to the next level in meeting the national needs of the medical community  and the members it serves. I also, like being part of a team which supports and fosters personal and professional growth. Another area which makes me proud of being part of the Altruista team is the  work we do with businesses in providing the best possible services to their community and members they serve.

Mike-McKitterick-Headshot-CroppedMike McKitterick
Executive Vice President, Clinical Services

Altruista Health salutes nurses this week and every week including our own Mike McKitterick, RN, Executive Vice President, Clinical Services.

Why did you g
o into nursing?
It was a way to align my education with the work I was doing.  I was working at a residential treatment center for adolescents and really developed a passion for that work.
Where did you go to school? 
University of Texas at Austin
How did you come to work for Altruista?
 It was a transition w my work with Colorado Access.  I was ready for a change and had a lot of respect for Ashish and the product.  I was honored that Ashish wanted me to join the Altruista team.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
We have a really strong clinical team at Altruista, both stateside and in Hyderabad. I really enjoy the intersection of clinical work with technology and this is a great team to work with!

PoornimaPoornima Uppandla
Clinical Research Lead

"This is the definition of nursing and this is exactly what impelled me to take it up."

Why did you g
o into nursing?
Nursing, as an integral part of the health care system, encompasses the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled people of all ages, in all health care and other community settings. This is the definition of nursing and this is exactly what impelled me to take it up. Not only did I enjoy coordinating and delivering patient care and educating patients in different settings, but also overlooking the research program and training for the junior nurses as a nursing instructor for 3 years.
Where did you go to school? 
Following my Bachelors in Nursing at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences and Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing at Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences at Hyderabad, India. 
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I got a chance to position myself at the forefront of health care change with Altruista Health in 2013 where essentially I am able to deal with standardized data and use it to inform patient care while supporting one of the strongest tenets of nursing — educating the patient and family.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
I have the chance to learn SQL, SAS and ORACLE and this helped me in the analysis of care gaps, development and implementation of healthcare quality measures (such as HEDIS etc.) in GuidingCare. I am ever thankful to my mentors at Altruista Health and glad to be part of my Altruista family who all work towards the common purpose of translating troves of member data into meaningful, improved care protocols and outcomes.

DeepikaSalomeDeepika Salome
Clinical Research - Team Lead

"Growing up and seeing the satisfaction they felt every day by helping people in their job inspired me to enter the medical field."

Why did you g
o into nursing?
I come from a family full of nurses. My grandmother, aunts and my mother are all nurses. Growing up and seeing the satisfaction they felt every day by helping people in their job inspired me to enter the medical field. My interest and commitment to the field became even more strong as I found that I’m truly making a difference in people’s lives. As a nurse, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of medical, research and educational settings.
Where did you go to school? 
Bachelors in Nursing from Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences & Post Graduation - Master's in Nursing from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences - Specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecological Nursing. Registered Nurse, Midwife and Public health nurse. Member of the Indian Nursing Council.
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I wanted to do something in my career that was challenging, interesting, and what could bring a difference in people's lives. I was always attracted to computers and technology apart from my love in science. Altruista happened when I was pursuing my Masters in Nursing and I grabbed the opportunity instantly and there has been no looking back.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
What I like best at Altruista health is being a part of this extensively growing organization for 7+ years. Although I don’t deal directly with patients I know that I can have a greater impact on patient care through research and development. As a Clinical team Lead I have been using my clinical skills, knowledge and experience to help larger patient populations by creating the assessments, rules, health educational material etc. to improve patient care, enhance our healthcare services and enhance positive outcomes of our patients through technology.

NeelimaMadisettyNeelima Madisetty
Senior Clinical Research Analyst

"Nursing made me a new person and my understanding and judgment changed completely."

Why did you g
o into nursing?
I stepped into Nursing profession purely by chance but soon realized this was my true calling. Nursing made me a new person and my understanding and judgment changed completely. I was lucky to advocate patient care in different settings such as Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Care, Psychiatric Unit, Health Camps and Primary Health Care Centers. The best part of being a nurse is that every day is a new beginning and a great learning experience.
Where did you go to school? 
I am proud to have graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the Nizam's Institute of Medical sciences, Hyderabad which is one of the oldest and deemed universities in Hyderabad, India
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I have always had a hidden passion towards the field of information technology and therefore I grabbed the opportunity of working on Altruista’s GuidingCare platform which is an exquisite blend of medicine and technology.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
My nursing experience has helped me address the clinical, analytical and workflow needs that are critical to effective care coordination. As an educator and counselor, I have helped patients and their families in understanding their condition, medications, and self-care skills. I am happy to extend this to the lives of a colossal many through AH.

JennieGiulianyJennie Giuliany
Lead Clinician

"I love the ability to share knowledge about the health care industry and things that I have learned during my own career journey with others. "

Why did you go into nursing?
I started working in the health care industry back in 1994. As I moved to different departments and different positions one thing really stood out to me. There were so many jobs and opportunities for nurses. As a nurse you could work in acute care in a hospital setting, you could work as a case manager in a hospital or as a nurse educator, you could become a practitioner in a number of different specialties, you could work in a payer organization doing utilization management or care management, or you could even work as a nurse consultant or for a software company. There are so many options for nurses and so many ways to further your education. How could you go wrong?
Where did you go to school? 
I graduated from San Bernardino Valley College School of Nursing in California.
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I was working in a payer office in which we chose Altruista’s GuidingCare as our care management software solution. After working with Altruista as a client for a few years I made the change to work for Altruista. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the Altruista Family.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
There are so many things, how can you choose one? I love working with the different client organizations. I love working with my team members at Altruista. I love the ability to share knowledge about the health care industry and things that I have learned during my own career journey with others. I love learning new things and helping to innovate new solutions to meet the ever changing world of health care we at Altruista support.  
 
BallaSailajaBalla Sailaja
Clinical Research Associate

"I’ve always loved nursing. Interacting with patients and their families is extremely rewarding."

Why did you go into nursing?
I wanted to do something that is challenging, interesting and makes a real difference in people’s lives. I feel very passionate about the healthcare profession and also see it as a way of contributing positively to society.  I’ve always loved nursing. Interacting with patients and their families is extremely rewarding.

Where did you go to school?
I have a Bachelor’s and a Master's degree in Nursing (Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing) from the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences.
How did you come to work for Altruista?
I came to know about Altruista from a colleague of mine. I liked the fact that I could serve the patients and also be instrumental in delivering pro-active care management through GuidingCare. I am particularly excited about the whole idea of "nursing informatics" and its many implications. 
What do you like best about being a nurse at Altruista?
I love the fact that Altruista serves millions of members and one can coordinate overall patient health, service utilization and grievance handling, all on a single platform. As a clinical research associate in the Clinical Research team, India; I help in the creation of assessments, health articles, analysis and development of the HEDIS and condition rules etc. What I like about Altruista most is having a supporting team which has helped and guided me throughout my journey here.