People & Professions

PEOPLE AND PROFESSIONS: Reported April 17, 2016

Posted: Apr. 17, 2016 12:01 am

Kelsey Gray of Keokuk, Iowa, a charge nurse for the cardiovascular unit at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., has earned Critical Care Registered Nurse certification from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Requirements for the certification include 1,750 hours of bedside care to critically ill patients in the two years before taking the examination, and passage of the examination. Gray has a nursing degree from Southeastern Community College in Keokuk. She is studying to become an acute care nurse practitioner through Walden University. Gray is a five-year member of the Blessing nursing staff.

Kimberly Pitcher, supervisor, health information management at Blessing Corporate Services, has earned Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) status from the American Health Information Management Association. A RHIA is an expert in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies. RHIAs possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to health care delivery and the privacy of patient information. Requirements for certification included completing baccalaureate level academic requirements of a Health Information Management program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, and passage of an examination. Pitcher completed the certification program through Weber State University. She is an eight-year member of Blessing Health System.


Dr. Robert Reich of Animal Medical Clinics of Quincy recently attended the 88th Annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Reich participated in both advanced internal medicine and orthopedic surgery sessions. More than 14,000 veterinarians and technicians attended the five-day conference.


Kathy Dancer has launched a career in real estate as a broker/Realtor with Zanger and Associates Inc. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University and has experience in economic development and community affairs as well as providing temporary furnished housing in Quincy for the past 10 years.


Officer Kris Billingsley has been named Quincy Police Department's April Employee of the Month. He joined in 2004. He graduated from Police Corps in 2004 and has a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. In addition to being a patrol officer, Billingsley is a motor officer, a member of the Emergency Response Team, and a Crisis Intervention Team officer.