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Jodi Mouton
MHA, BSN, CGRN

Excellence in Leadership, Quality Improvement, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

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About me...

I grew up in South Florida and have since lived in Louisiana, Illinois and currently Georgia. I knew as a child I wanted to become a teacher or a nurse. Working in many areas of a hospital in Illinois gave me a sense of satisfaction, but not to the degree I had always dreamed of achieving. So I decided to become a paramedic and obtained a degree in Paramedic Supervision. I enjoyed the new skills and was able to apply greater knowledge to my patients, but missed the long term relationships I was able to build with patients in the hospital.

I later moved to Georgia and began working at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in the PICU while going to nursing school at Brenau University. I really enjoyed working in Pediatrics in Illinois, but it was at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that I realized I had found my calling. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Brenau, I began my nursing career in the Cardiac Stepdown Unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Cardiology had always been a second love of mine, and now I was able to combine my two favorite passions. During this time I worked very closely with the case management team while preparing these very sick children to safely transition from the hospital to their home. I was able to be the teacher and the nurse I wanted to be as a child.

Shortly thereafter, I married my best friend & had the privilege of becoming the step mother to three wonderful children. A few years later, my son was born. Although I loved working in Pediatric Cardiology, an opportunity presented itself to help open a Pediatric Endoscopy Center for one of the largest Pediatric Gastroenterology practices in the country. What a great opportunity! I was able to spend weekends and holidays with my family... this was a win-win situation. I was responsible for QI data collection, analysis and reporting to the physicians, and really enjoyed my position with the practice. However, though I was still providing patient care, it wasn't to the extent I enjoyed in the hospital. I found myself again feeling as if I wasn't making a difference in the lives of my patients.

I then received an email from a Home Health Care company looking for a Clinical Manager for a Pediatric office. After further research and multiple interviews I began my career in management. Now I was able to combine teaching clients and staff with case management and Medicaid authorizations. It was a great combination and use of my strengths! I had found my calling! I built amazingly strong bonds with my patient-clients, nursing staff, and co-workers. Our team took the bull by the horns and worked as a unit to achieve great results, even securing the first perfect unannounced audit in the history of the office (4 years).

Although I'm devoted, dependable, and reliable to any organization I commit to serve, work-life balance is and always will be important. Territory case-loads, company policies and staff structure began to demand 70+ hour work weeks and over 700 miles per week of driving from the Clinical Manager position in our office; something I was unable to continue. As such, I had no choice but to resign my position. Upon resignation, I received numerous recommendations from the organization as well as our clients... a testament to our success.

I have been on staff with Northside Hospital since 2013 primarily working as a nurse educator in the GI/Pulmonary Labs. Though I started as a Nurse Clinician in the Northside Forsyth hospital location, my responsibilities grew to include the Atlanta and Cherokee hospital locations where I served as a Clinical Development Specialist. I have since achieved my Masters in Healthcare Administration, become active in the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) Inc. and have received my certification in Gastroenterology Nursing. Today I serve as the Clinical Specialist for GI with Patient Care Administration for the entire Northside Hospital Organization. In this role, I am currently monitoring and performing data analysis related to Endoscopy Clinical Outcomes in preparation for our ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP) re-certification as well as oversee and research current evidence based practice for the entire Northside organization. In addition, I am leading the organization-wide Dobhoff policy review and competency design - redesign including research of current evidence based practice and new product implementation.

In addition to my love of nursing and family, my other interests include hot air ballooning, boating and spending time at the beach with my family. Football season is a big deal at our house, and there is nothing like dinner parties with all of the children and their friends in the house (do you have any idea how much fun it is to watch 20 kids in Georgia under the age of 16 try to eat authentic Louisiana gumbo and jambalaya?) I continue to look for new opportunities in healthcare leadership and am excited to find new opportunities where I can serve. I strive for excellence in everything I do. I am sure the next opportunity will present even greater success and achievement than ever before.   

 

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