Health Information Manager of
Centralized Release Information
Occupation: Kimberly McGhee is health information manager of centralized Release of Information for UnityPoint Health. She manages the daily operations and supervises the staff involved in collecting, reporting and analyzing patients’ medical and health records, all of which play a key role in patient safety, healthcare decisions and billing. Though UnityPoint Health is no longer in Peoria, she continues to work for the Iowa-based healthcare system remotely.
Community Involvement: Ms. McGhee serves on the Illinois Central College Health Information Technology Advisory Board, City of Peoria Downtown Advisory Commission, the City of Peoria Community Development Block Grant Public Services Advisory Commission and volunteers for the Peoria Equity Accountability Program. She is also vice chairwoman of the board of Peoria Public Schools Foundation. She has participated in the Peoria Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School and various organizations and projects.
Education: Associate of applied science, health information technology, Midstate College
Three things she’s passionate about: “I am passionate about leadership, whether it is in my career or the community. It is important to be a positive and relatable leader in all aspects of life. The youth are our future and investing in them will have a positive impact.”
Three favorite hobbies: “I love learning new things so I am constantly reading books and listening to them on Audible. I love decorating my home for holidays and the changing seasons. Also, I love baking with my Nana, Lucille Barnett.”
Career influence or inspiration: “I have three people who heavily influenced my career and serve as daily inspiration. First is my mom, Yvette Washington. While I was growing up, I watched her work towards her dreams no matter what obstacles she faced. She was determined to obtain her degree in finance and banking from Illinois Central College. She never gave up and that has stayed with me throughout my career. Second, is my first mentor, Dr. Patricia Humbles-Peagues. She not only mentored my career, but also provided guidance and advice in all areas of my life. Finally, Dr. Leah Grebner. She has led by example and helped to encourage many of the advancements I have made in my career today.”
Inspirational quote: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Former President Barack Obama
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