Meet Our Health Information Administration Degree Faculty

Stephanie Donovan, Ed.D.

Stephanie Donovan,

Stephanie Donovan

Professor and Faculty Chair

M.B.A., LaSalle University
B.H.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
A.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College

Subject Areas: Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Leadership and Management, Electronic Health Records, Health Law

Professor Stephanie Donovan serves as faculty chair of the Health Programs division at Peirce College. In this role, she is responsible for supporting students and faculty and providing oversight of the undergraduate healthcare-related degree and certificate programs.

Professor Donovan has worked in the outpatient setting and has spent the majority of her career teaching in accredited Health Information Management degree programs. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Information Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College (University), Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Management of Information Systems from LaSalle University and she is currently working toward her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Delaware Valley University, where her dissertation research focuses on disruptive innovation in higher education.

She has held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels of the American Health Information Management Association. Past leadership contributions of note include serving as State Advocacy Coordination for the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association, which involved coordination and participation in Hill Day in Washington, DC advocating for healthcare reform. She also served as an appointed member of the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education which was assembled to establish standards for HIM education curricula. She currently serves on Albert Einstein's Institutional Review Board (IRB) as a secondary reviewer for research involving human subjects.

In her spare time, Professor Donovan enjoys spending time with her family in Cape May, NJ and traveling, especially to Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Contact Stephanie Donovan, Ed.D.: sadonovan@peirce.edu

    The full-time faculty members of Peirce College's Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration degree program are dedicated to preparing graduates for employment. They teach our students the lessons and knowledge necessary for assuming roles in administrative and managerial positions in hospitals, multi-specialty clinics and physician practices, long-term care, mental health and other ambulatory settings, software vendors, consulting firms, education and pharmaceutical managed care organizations, health insurance companies, health marketing firms, non-profit community-related organizations and associations, government agencies (local, state and federal), law firms focused on healthcare issues and other healthcare regulatory bodies.

    Early in the program, the faculty focuses on advanced quality management and performance improvement in healthcare, teaching students about benchmarking, utilization and resource management, risk management, case management and critical paths. They also instill in students crucial knowledge about HIPAA regulations and compliance in regards to privacy and security in healthcare. Plus, you'll learn from them proper healthcare research methodology, including lessons on surveying, observations, experimentation and quasi-experimentation and epidemiological research. And you'll also receive teachings from the faculty on how to operate in a modern electronic health record environment.

    As you move through the program, the faculty will instruct you on strategic planning and organizational development in healthcare, which means you'll learn how to perform an organizational assessment and bencmarking as well as lessons in problem solving, negotiation techniques and decision making. They'll also impart their knowledge of HIM compliance for hospital outpatient services, physician practices, long-term care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, long-term acute care and behavioral health.

    Finally, Peirce's Health Information Administration degree faculty will lead you in a professional practice workshop, a capstone project proving your understanding of all previous lessons and in receiving experience in a professional practice.

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