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Leader of the Month: Paula Vassaur

Paula Vassaur ADC Meaningful Use Program ManagerMeet Paula Vassaur, Meaningful Use Program Manager

As Meaningful Use Program Manager, I am accountable to the coordination and oversight of all stages of ADC’s Meaningful Use (MU) Program across our eligible provider population.

I have been in Austin for almost 20 years. So, this is home to me now, but I spent most of my childhood in Copperas Cove, Texas before moving to Waco in high school.

I have been a nurse for 12 years, and I received a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Health Systems Leadership last Spring. Although I loved patient care, I have spent the majority of my nursing career as a consultant in informatics and cultural transformation which has also been very rewarding work.

What I like most about ADC is the potential for growth in this organization, and I believe it is already heading in a really good direction. I look forward to being a part of that journey!

My short term goals are focused on building a solid foundation with the Meaningful Use Program and providing clarity and guidance around the complicated and ambiguous CMS requirements. A long term goal that I have for ADC ties into what I said in the last answer. I think there are a lot of people here that are very committed to the clinic and want it to continue to improve and thrive in our community.

I don’t really have just one specific philosophy that guides me although I do appreciate that about others. I think I have just always relied on my instincts to know what to do in work and in life, and it has served me well so far. At the end of the day, if I feel I have made a difference, big or small, I am good with that.

The one thing I would want others to know is that I want to be seen as a resource to everyone. Meaningful Use branches across so much of what the providers and staff do in the clinics and therefore so does my job. I want to be seen as someone that can be counted on to address questions and provide support in working through issues that arise.

My favorite things to do involve all of what makes living in Austin and this area of Texas so great like seeing live music or running on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as they call it now). When I can find time for it, I really love to do Bikram yoga for exercise. The most important thing that ties up most of my time right now is my 9 month old daughter. So, these other activities are pretty rare occurrences these days.