Local Risk Manager Earns Professional Certification

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Nov. 15, 2010 – The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that Amy S. Wasdin, R.N., CPHRM, director of Risk Management, at Southeast Georgia Health System has earned the American Hospital Association’s Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) designation. The CPHRM is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite in a critical field of health care risk management.

Wasdin has been with the Health System since 1991, starting out as an Intensive Care Unit nurse before joining the Risk Management Department. In 2007, she was promoted from manager of Risk Management to director of Risk Management. In this role, Wasdin is responsible for the Health System’s risk management program, which includes promoting patient safety initiatives and managing risk exposures. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Brunswick College (now the College of Coastal Georgia) before going on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing from Armstrong Atlantic University. Wasdin then went on to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Brenau University in 2009. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

To earn the designation, an individual must pass the CPHRM Certification Examination, meet a set standard of experience and education and agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of conduct. The examination assesses knowledge required of a competent health care risk manager in the areas of loss prevention/reduction, claims management, risk financing, regulatory/accreditation compliance, operations and bioethics. The program supports health care risk managers and is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of a well-defined body of professional knowledge and continued professional development.