Jamie Hermann, Ortho Care Coordinator at Kings Daughter’s Medical Center Ohio (KDOH) in Portsmouth, brings a unique background in therapy and administration to the table, something she’d anticipated for a very long time.
“I am physical therapy assistant by trade. I graduated from Shawnee State University in 2000, and I’ve worked as a PTA for several years. I have been their therapist up until about three months ago,” Hermann said. “In 2010 I finished my bachelor degree in Health Care Administration. When I went back to get my degree in Administration, I would joke with my husband and say one of these days I’m going to find somebody that wants a clinical background with kind of a niche for understanding reimbursement and regulations, and they’re going to want that particular combination, which is a strange combination actually. In health care it is usually nursing and administration, not therapy. But that was my joke, that one of these days I would find someone that’s going to really want that, and then this position opened up and that’s exactly that kind of position.”
In addition to working in her position at KDOH, Hermann is also co-owner of Therapy Plus, Inc.
“I am co-owner in, Therapy Plus, Inc., contracts into local nursing homes including Crystal Care Centers of Portsmouth, Franklin Furnace, and Coal Grove and most recently JoLin Nursing Home in Ironton. At this point in time I am a co-owner, I have partner that helps with operations, so that I can be able to do the work that I do here at Kings Daughters of Ohio,” she said.
She was encouraged by a former manager to pursue business ownership.
“I love patient care, but very early in my clinical years I took on management roles, and that sort of thing. The administrator of the building that I was working at said look, you’ve been my manager for years, why don’t you just start your own company,” she said. “I really did not have any aspirations of being a business owner, but he kept encouraging me, and saying, you know more than what you think you know, and you should do this. So he was actually my first business partner, and he helped me to get it started.”
These days, Hermann very much enjoys working in geriatrics, and providing the necessary support to patients through the entire process.
“As a child, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse, but as I got older I became very more sports oriented, my family is very sports oriented,” she said. “Ironically, sports is one area that I tend to not like working in these days, I find myself liking the geriatrics and the older adult population a little bit more. That is more of my speed. I really believe in the whole continuum of care, starting from doctor Trinadad’s office, and getting the patients in and getting them the help and care that they need into going into surgery, and trying to help make that process as smooth as possible. What we do here impacts the therapy that the patients get down the road.”
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