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Sarita Smith

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Community and Public Health

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Newton, IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Capstone Behavioral Healthcare
Company/Organization website: http://www.capstonebh.com/Pages/Home
Title: Administrative Intern
Destination: Newton, IA
Timeframe: May 9th, 2016 -- August 31st, 2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Responsibilities during internship: -Balance $200,000 worth of accounts receivable and accounts payable -Organized and filed away client information -Updated client insurance -Pulled remittances to bill secondary insurances -Assisted with the 2016 Audit -Created treatment plans for IHH and BHIS clients -Scheduled appointments for Capstone clients -Worked with Capstone residents to go over crisis plans, medication review, and menu plans -Input medical records -Assisted with the first annual Capstone Care Fair that showcased various mental health agencies around central Iowa -Billed secondary insurance companies for Capstone services -Sat in on one to two staff meetings to discuss updates and changes occurring at Capstone

I accomplished...
-Created treatment plans for BHIS and IHH clients -Worked with Capstone regiments to improve their overall health -Assisted with the first annual Capstone Career Fair by contacting various agencies

My most valuable effort...
I think the most valuable part about this internship is that I got to work in almost all the departments that Capstone currently has. By having this opportunity I was able to gain valuable and useful knowledge that I can take forward into my future career. I feel as though it has made me a well-rounded candidate for any future careers in the healthcare field as I have worked one-on-one with clients, worked in the financial department, and have worked in both the IHH and BHIS programs which are now state-wide issued services.

I will never forget...
The most memorable part of this internship was being able to form new relationships with co-workers and clients that I have worked with. It makes the job more enjoyable and easier to get the work done that I need to.

Advice for others...
Be open-minded and take every opportunity that comes your way even if it might not be exactly what you want to do.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned about this career opportunity back in high school as I did a lot of job shadowing for various classes.

I landed this assignment by...
I was fortunate enough to land this position because of the connections I had through Capstone. I have several family friends who are currently employed there and the director of Capstone has known my mother for the past few years now.

I wanted this experience because...
I wanted this particular position because I have always been interested in the mental health side of healthcare. Mental health is such a complex world and there are many moving parts. I also have enjoyed working with clients who have mental illnesses because it's interesting to see how they interact with other individuals. I have also enjoyed helping with client treatment plans because I like seeing the progress clients make.

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