TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Darlene Simion, a medical biller and coder, was working in a medical office for seven years, when out of the blue the doctor called the entire office and gave a one day’s notice that the business was closing.
“I just lost my job, and it was very overwhelming,” Simion said.
That was about two years ago. She started going on the computer every day looking for a new job and even was a frequent visitor on the Ohio Means Jobs website, but found out no one was interested in her experience.
“I had nothing, I had one interview in four months. People were not knocking their doors down for me, and I couldn’t tell you how many jobs I was applying for. There was a ton of them and I just wasn’t getting them,” Simion said.
She lost that job to a person who had a billing certification, so Simion figured school was her best option to get her own certification for medical insurance billing. She got help from unemployment to pay for school and enrolled at the Ross Medical Education Center.
“The first couple days I was so overwhelmed. What did I get myself into because I had been out of school for so long?” she said.
Simion got her certification as a billing and coding specialist in nine months, then started noticing employers were looking for her.
“It opened doors amazingly for me. I was shocked,” Simion said. “I had four job offers. So then I decided which job offer to take.”
She finished school on May 29 and started a new job three days later, which pays more than her old job did.
For more information about medical billing and coding, as well as jobs in the area, visit the Ohio Means Jobs website.