Wanda started in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the early 90’s.  She initially provided staff support to several of our faculty, but in the late 1990s became interested in the challenges presented by coding and billing.  Over the next few years she took classes and trained to become a certified coder which allowed the Department to create the position she occupied in our department until all coding was centralized under the Enterprise a few years ago.  This positions was one of the first Department based professional coders in the institution.  While she was eventually physically moved under the IBU system, her devotion to our department and it’s physicians activities never wavered.  She has since  trained several new staff and under her guidance we maintained excellent audits and exceptional billing turnaround time.  We have all benefited immensely from working with Wanda and her presence at the other end of the email string will be sorely missed.