Shakirah, MedRisk Patient Advocate
Shakirah, MedRisk Patient Advocate
I started at MedRisk in the Provider Relations Inquiry department (now called CIT) as a temporary employee in November 2013. I became a permanent employee of MedRisk in March 2014. Shortly after, I became an Account Representative, helping to support our executive account management team and valued customers. During this time, I became more involved with a variety of client facing projects and meetings. I learned a lot about the organization as a whole and became more familiar with reporting and analytics. This made my transition into the IT world a little easier. In July 2015 I moved into a position as a Junior Process Engineer. I was able to build on my knowledge of the business from a more technical standpoint. I began looking more in-depth into processes and workflows. Ultimately, this opened up the door for me to move into the Supervisor of Data Analytics role and most recently the Manager of Data Analytics position. Each position I have held with MedRisk enabled me to continue to learn and grow within the organization. Experiencing multiple departments including operations, account management and IT has made me well-versed and given me the ability to continue to develop in my career.
When I was first hired it was the IT department's uniquely collaborative atmosphere that initially struck me. I felt welcomed. Every office door was wide open. There were groups of people writing on walls and exchanging ideas. Within that first month, our Director and CIO voluntarily stayed late with us while we tackled an urgent project. These demonstrations of teamwork resonated. I found this same collaborative spirit permeating throughout the entire organization when I was asked to supervise the Help Desk after my first year. We felt supported. I cannot stress how crucial MedRisk's, "we're-in-this-together" approach was to my team's overall success. I became a System Administrator two years later, a position I'd been working towards for my entire adult life. As rewarding as that is, it's the environment that fosters these uncontrived relationships I’ve built with colleagues and friends that makes it fulfilling. The first time I met our CEO she gave me an enthusiastic hug and thanked me for joining the team – even before asking me who I was or what I did!
Throughout the last 4 and a half years, MedRisk has provided me more opportunities than I could have imagined. I first stepped through these doors to begin my professional journey in a temp to perm role as an Advocate Admin. Not long after, I was promoted to a Customer Advocate. Along the way, I have built many relationships with our clients as I served as their go-to for providing status updates on their claimants’ treatment. Later that year, I was able to get more involved in the department as a Senior Customer Advocate by assisting with our Customer Advocate Support inbox and helping my co-workers as needed. One year after I started my permanent position, I was given the opportunity to step into a leadership role taking on a Team Lead position in Advocacy. I continued to further develop the necessary skills to be an efficient leader while managing a team of about 10-15 Advocates. Shortly thereafter, I was offered the position of Assistant Supervisor and within a couple of months was promoted to an Advocacy Supervisor. I spent about two years in the Supervisor role while leading a group consisting of Team Leads and Advocates. Last year, I was given the opportunity to transition into a Senior Supervisor position for the Advocacy Program which helped to further develop my leadership skills. I am thrilled to say that I have now transferred to the Human Resources department and have started a new role as a Human Resources Generalist. Although I have decided to go down a different path, I am looking forward to continuing my profession with this company. I can’t thank MedRisk and my managers enough for their continued support and assistance throughout my career.