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National Healthcare Unit Coordinator Week

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Jessica Shaw

As this weekend (August 23) marks the beginning of National Healthcare Unit Coordinators (HUC) Week (August 23 - 29), now more than ever, it is important to remember the resilience of healthcare professionals around the world as well as appreciate the sacrifices they have all made in order to best protect our communities’ health and safety. That is why we wanted to raise some awareness for HUC Week  by offering some insightful facts and resources on why HUC’s are so important to the healthcare industry. Be sure to share this information with others and promote National HUC Week by using #NAHUC on social media. 

What Is A Healthcare Unit Coordinator? 

A HUC is a certified medical professional that helps facilitate the operational and administrative responsibilities for a medical setting such as hospitals, surgical centers and large enterprise clinics. Some of their duties include managing patient communication, processing medical records, monitoring patient admissions, discharges and transfers in addition to ensuring the overall safety of both physicians and patients. 

Why Are Healthcare Unit Coordinators Important? 

Not only does their role entail a multitude of tasks that are essential to the success of any medical setting, but these tasks help streamline workflow efficiency which saves time and enforces cost effective routines that benefit business operations. Most importantly, they serve as a facility’s primary organizer for administrative communication by making sure each department is fully equipped to provide excellent patient care. 

The History Of Healthcare Unit Coordinators

Also referred to as service specialists, medical secretaries or unit information clerks, the HUC role was not explicitly defined until the end of World War II when hospital nurses were becoming overwhelmed with the influx of patients from battle. Then known as “floor clerks” or “ward managers”, HUC’s were brought into hospitals to better manage the duties of different departments as well as assist in easing the demanding workload for physicians and lab specialists. Additionally, the first recorded mention of HUC was in 1940 when a medical journal called, The Modern Hospital wrote an article titled “In Favor of Floor Secretaries”. However, it wasn’t until the 1960’s when educational programs were implemented to properly train HUC and in 1983, the first official HUC certification exam was given. By 1991, over 10,000 HUC’s were recognized for their profession within the healthcare industry while millions of HUC’s continue to serve today.

The Significance Of National Healthcare Unit Coordinators Week 

Myrna LaFleur is the founder of the National Association of Healthcare Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) and is dedicated to bringing international awareness to the significance of HUC around the world. With their responsibilities contributing to the vital health of the public during the pandemic, they especially deserve to be honored for their hard work and continued perseverance. 

Sources 

https://nationaltoday.com/health-unit-coordinators-day/

https://wecareonlineclasses.com/history-of-the-health-unit-coordinator/

https://nahuc.org/about/nahuc-history/


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