Mary Ellen McLaughlin Joins Eagleville as Corporate Compliance Officer
Mary Ellen McLaughlin has been appointed Corporate Compliance Officer of Eagleville Hospital.
Her decision to accept the new position came down to one thing: an immediate synergy with the team with whom she would be working.
â€œThe leadership team that Eaglevilleâ€™s CEO, Gene Ott, has put together was the driving force for me,â€ McLaughlin says. â€œItâ€™s comprised of some really greatâ€”very talentedâ€”people. Beyond that, Gene is incredibly supportive of the hospitalâ€™s compliance program, and thatâ€™s important to me and the role Iâ€™ll be filling.â€
According to McLaughlin, compliance only works if the message is coming from the top downâ€”and thatâ€™s exactly the environment that Ott is fostering. â€œIâ€™m really excited to know that this effort is supported by the leadership,â€ she says. â€œCollaboration is important when youâ€™re working to build a culture of compliance, and with this team, I know Iâ€™ll have the information necessary to make sound decisions from the get-go.â€
McLaughlin spent the last 12 years at Revint Solutions/IMA Consulting, in Chadds Ford, Pa. Most recently, she served as the firmâ€™s Senior Organizational Coding and Compliance Officer, directing corporate compliance and ethics programs for the many healthcare organizations with whom Revint partners. Previously, McLaughlin served as the Interim Compliance Leader and Advocate for two of Revintâ€™s local health system clients.
â€œMy prior roles have taught me the importance of working as a team to gather sound information,â€ she says. â€œAfter all, the decisions that I make are only as good as the information I have. And when youâ€™re talking about compliance and the success of an organization, good information is very important.â€
Another critical component is staff buy-in, and this is where McLaughlin expects to invest much of her energy. â€œThe organization is in the midst of a culture change, and one of my challenges will be gaining the trust of the staff,â€ she says. â€œI want them to know that if they come to me with a concern related to compliance, I will look into it and provide them with an answer. My hope is that I can help staff do their job better.â€
McLaughlin earned a Masterâ€™s degree in Public Health (with certification in Gerontology) from West Chester University and a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University. She holds a Certification in Healthcare Compliance, a Paralegal Certification, and sheâ€™s a Certified Professional Coder. Additionally, McLaughlin is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders. She has also had articles published in HCCA Compliance Today.