Author: Renee Aird Dengler, RN, MS, CPMSM, CPCS, FMSP; Senior Consultant / Independent Contractor; VerityStream
Senior Director, Credentialing and Medical Staff Operations
A bit about Tameka’s career…
Many paths lead to the “medical staff services profession” and Tameka’s journey began with patient accounts, coding, and collections. Every new position provided opportunities to increase her knowledge and responsibilities. She gained new skills in human resources, scheduling, and was introduced to medical staff services. As a native and life-long resident of eastern North Carolina, Tameka took a leap of faith and moved across the state to Charlotte NC to work at Novant Health in 2017. While adjusting to Charlotte traffic, Tameka assumed a new position in 2019 as Senior Director Credentialing and Medical Staff Operations. And, no, that’s not a typo – CBCS stands for Certified Billing and Coding Specialist!
The relationships that I have established since working at Novant Health are my biggest “likes”. It’s important to have partnerships if you plan to advance a team. You can’t do it alone.
Humility. I take nothing for granted. Coming from a poor, black community I’ve learned to be a good steward of things received. This may be just a job to some but for me, I cherish the means to be able to provide for my family and I’m thankful for Novant giving me the opportunity to exercise my gifts and talents.
The formation of one big team and rebranding the department. Previously, we were a CVO and many MSO teams. I knew that we had to work together, and a unified structure was necessary to avoid issues with our onboarding process. After I received approval to have all teams report to me, I decided that for us to come together we needed a new identity. The new name is CMSO – Credentialing and Medical Staff Operations.
Personally - I struggle to find time for myself and my needs. I lead at work and home so the work/life balance that I preach to my teams are hard to manage myself. I have a large family and I’m “it” for them. I am also in grad school, so I wear many hats.
I wish I had known about the politics/power struggles/undermining beforehand. Why can’t we be who we are and not wear a mask just to accommodate the audience? I’m Tameka in every dimension.
Both – by choice. The central office team is totally remote because we are paperless. The MSPs at the facilities are mainly onsite but working remotely on Fridays. I choose to go to the office two days per week just to get away from my family (kidding…not kidding).
That I’m a grandma…well I’m a “MeMe.” I have 3, soon to be 4, grandsons; and I enjoy every second with them.
Way before the age of 10 I had a plan to become the next Oprah. The plan included getting an education in broadcast journalism, getting a job at the local news station, then gaining national attention and working for the Today show or something. Finally, someone would offer me my own talk show because Oprah had to get old one day and I’d take over. I enjoy communicating and swapping real life stories. I think that hard life experiences make us a resource for others.
Lioness - Lionesses are hunters. Each lioness has a role to play within the pride. Lionesses are known for their strategy and creating opportunities where they might not appear to be any. There is also a definite social hierarchy which denotes the leadership of the pride. The lionesses within a pride are pivotal to the prosperity, growth, and survival of the tribe. As they hunt primarily during the evening or at night, they represent the connection to the divine feminine lunar energy of the moon.
Late fall when it’s not as hot and not quite cold yet. I love to see the leaves change and just take a road trip to enjoy the fall foliage.
Jem from Jem and the Holograms. It only aired for a couple of years in the 80s, but I had a hidden desire to be her.
A notebook to journal with hopes that someone would find it one day. Photos, so memories with my family never go away. Of course, that’s only if there’s no cellphone tower because if so, please give me a cellphone!
My first pick is my daughter – Aaliyah. She knows me best and can even imitate my facial expressions and voice.
Growing up, people often compared me to Vanessa from The Cosby Show, so Tempest Bledsoe would be my celebrity pick.