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Eileen Garrity’s first draw to the medical field came through her interest in Christiaan Barnard’s work as a cardiac surgeon. After deciding to pursue nursing instead of medicine, Ms. Garrity entered the Jefferson School of Nursing’s Diploma program, graduating in 1976. She began her career as an ER and ICU nurse, working at Atlantic City Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald. She eventually left hospital nursing to work at Blue Cross, ending there as the manager of their risk programs department before moving on to Taylor Hospital as a director of social work case management and later manager of clinical documentation improvement. Ms. Garrity is currently the director of clinical documentation improvement programs for the Jefferson University Hospital system.

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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, February 2016


Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Eileen Garrity on January 28, 2016

Eileen Healy Garrity