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Melva D. Visher, MA, RHIAnext

Melva D. Visher, MA, RHIA

Melva D. Visher

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Business, Management & Leadership
Program Director: HIM

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About Melva D. Visher:

Melva D. Visher was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director, Health Information Management online Bachelor’s Degree program in October, 2015.  Prior to joining Medaille College, Professor Visher served as an adjunct professor at Canisius College in the online School and Community Health graduate degree program; at Daemen College in the MIS/Business and Health Care Studies departments, and at Erie Community College in the Health Information Technology department.

Prior to joining Medaille College, Professor Visher enjoyed a 38-year career at Buffalo General Hospital and Kaleida Health, serving as Vice President of Community Health when she retired in 2012. While at Kaleida Health, she developed and administered community health education, health promotion and outreach programs, and more than a dozen community-based outpatient clinics.  Professor Visher successfully secured more than $40 million in grant funding for school-based health services over a 10-year period, providing nursing and health services for more than 40,000 students attending Buffalo’s public and non-public schools.  

Professor Visher held numerous leadership and managerial roles prior to her most recent position at Kaleida Health, including Assistant Vice President Ambulatory Services, Director School Health and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Director, Ambulatory Services, Clinic Coordinator, and Supervisor, Medical Records, among others.  Professor Visher indicates that one of the most rewarding collaborative projects that she participated in was the creation of the Health Sciences Charter School, a grade 9-12 high school in the City of Buffalo that prepares youth for academics   leading to careers in the health care industry.

Ms. Visher earned the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Credential from the American Health Information Management Association in 1988.

Master of Arts in Business and Policy Studies: SUNY Empire State College
Bachelor of Science in Business: SUNY Empire State College
Certification in Medical Record Administration: Daemen College, Post-Baccalaureate