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Josephine Valencia Sets the Record(s) Straight

Josephine Valencia

Keeping patients' medical records in proper order, accurate and up to date is a demanding task, especially when those patients may require a long-term stay in a skilled nursing facility such as The Fountains in Yuba City. For the past 10 years, Ward Secretary Josephine Valencia has analyzed patients' medical records, along with informing and calling the physicians to come in for their monthly visits in a timely manner, keeping all admission, discharge, laboratory logs updated, coding new admissions with the appropriate codes and sequencing, transcribing doctors orders and filing all the records.

"Making sure our patients' medical records are accurate and up-to-date is important for ensuring continued quality of care," says Josephine. She joined the staff at The Fountains 14 years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and then completed the additional training to work in medical records.

A native of Roseville, Josephine decided to pursue a career in the medical field years ago when she and her husband lived in San Jose. "I worked in a nursing home there, and I really enjoyed it," she recalls. "Later, when we lived in Modesto, I got my certification as a nursing assistant, and then we moved to Yuba City in 1994."

Josephine has always enjoyed caring for patients, whether working as a nursing assistant or helping them in her current job. "I especially like working with elderly patients," she says. "They all have such interesting stories - some make you laugh; others make you cry. I don't have as much patient contact now as I did when I was a CNA, but patients still come to me for various needs. I'm always happy to do whatever I can to make life better and easier for them."

In addition to keeping track of medical records, Josephine has been busy setting some "records" of her own. Now married for 30 years, she has three grown children - ages 29, 27 and 23 - and five grandchildren. Those are great numbers in anyone's record book!