BENEFITING: American Red Cross
Jeanne H. Tucker, M.A., RHIA was born in Chicago, IL in 1922. She lived through the great depression and World War II. Jeanne started out her career in Health Information Management in 1958, at West Orange Hospital in Winter Garden, FL where after being a volunteer in the department for 6 months, she was asked to take on the duties of manager full-time. Jeanne was the Director of Medical Records at Sunland Hospital, Orlando; Orange Memorial Hospital (now Orlando Health), Orlando; HIM Consultant for Care Communications, Inc., Chicago; Director of Quality Assurance at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, Winter Park, FL; Associate Professor University of Central Florida; Director of Quality Assurance for Whittaker Hospitals in Saudi Arabia; and President and Founder of Jeanne H. Tucker and Associates, Inc. Jeanne held a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and in Health Information Management and a Masters of Arts in education from the University of Central Florida.
Jeanne was President of the American Medical Record Association (now the American Health Information Management Association) 1976-77 and President of the Florida association in 1974-75. Jeanne was the author of many instructional manuals in the HIM field for Care Communications, Inc., CodeMaster Corporation, AHIMA, InterQual and many more.
Jeanne moved to Central Florida in 1947 from Chicago, IL. Jeanne married Richard (Dick) H. Tucker in March 1951. Jeanne has two children, Terry R. McGee (Big Pine Key, FL) and Barbara J. Flynn (Bushnell, FL). Jeanne has 6 grand children and 9 great grandchildren.
Jeanne was extremely dedicated to the HIM profession from the first day she took on a role in medical records, even including her professional credentials on her personal business cards up until her death on May 16, 2013. She was always waiting for the chance that someone would ask her what an “M.A., RHIA” was and what did they do. Her career took her all over the world. She was in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the early 80s and in the 70s she went to Russia with a group of colleagues. She mentored many up and coming HIM professionals and was always a champion for the HIM profession. She will be missed by her family, friends, business associates and colleagues.
Jeanne made donations to many worthy causes. Nothing bothered her more than to see the devastation such as the bombing in Boston or the tornados that ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas a week ago. She would have been one of the first to donate what she could to the American Red Cross to assist the disaster victims. So, her children and grand children are asking that in lieu of flowers or travel to a memorial service, please make a donation in Jeanne’s name to the American Red Cross.