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Childs, Bernice L. Oct. 3, 1920 - Apr. 12, 2014 Bernice L. Childs, 93, of Sarasota, Florida passed away Saturday April 12, 2014. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Rose Sheiniuk and the late Max Litman. A leader in the field of Health Information was lost. Bernice lived primarily in New York and had a career primarily in New York City. She started her career in 1950 and reached the level of A.H.I.A. - R.H.I.A, C.C.S. Bernice was an administrator and medical coder. She started in the field of Medical Records as a Registered Record Administrator and continued in the Medical Health Information Management field where she eventually became a professor at Hunter College and Lehman College in the Health Science fields, also as a Medical Records Directed Practice Teacher. At the same time the field of Health Information Coding was developing and evolved to the C.P.T. and H.I.C.D. medical coding which is to this day used for billing of medical services. She assisted in the transition of standard nomenclature to H.I.C.D. which is now in Stage H-I.C.D. The first time the C.P.T. examination was given she was the first coder in Sarasota to pass. She retired in 1996. Bernice was a Hospital Administrator at Yonkers General Hospital in Yonkers, New York where she served for nine years as Assistant Administrator, then went on to Associate Director of Harlem Hospital in New York City where she served for 3 years. During this time she remained a computerized volunteer for A.H.I.M.A., having assisted with computer volunteering in Queensland, Australia, Boystown and Eskimo Village in Alaska. She moved to Sarasota, Fla. in 1986 but continued to work in New York City for H.I.P for 10 years until 1996. From 1980 to 1986 she worked for H.I.P in New York City as Health Information Management Advisor. In 1986 she retired to Sarasota, Fla. and was asked to come back as consultant in Health Information. She is preceded in death by her husband, Chandler I. Childs and her daughter Leslie Cheryl Goldstein Bernice is survived by her two daughters, Margaret Vodnansky, Kathlyn Susan Levine; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held 11 A.M., Friday April 18, 2014 at Venice Jewish Community Center in Venice, Florida. Read Obituary
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