Elizabeth “Beth” Verrette is a Project Manager/Quality Control Manager for the Registry Partners Oncology Services Division. Beth has worked with Registry Partners Incorporated since April 2013. She started as a part-time Project CTR but transitioned to full-time in May 2014 before being promoted to Project Manager/QC Manager in February of 2015. Prior to joining RPI, she worked for Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, AR as Cancer Registrar. Before entering the cancer registry profession Beth held positions such as Director of Information Systems at a behavioral health residential and treatment center; Insurance Coordinator for a Pediatric/Adolescent Medicine physician’s office; and Accounts Receivable Specialist for a skilled nursing, rehabilitation and hospice center.
Beth is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management and became certified as an RHIA in September 2006, and a Certified Tumor Registrar in September 2011.
She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association, National Cancer Registrars Association and the Arkansas Cancer Registrars Association.
Beth resides in Greenwood, AR with her husband, Matt; daughter Naomi (4) and son Gavin (2). Her husband is a band director so she attends and enjoys many band events. In her free time she enjoys teaching colorguard to local schools, playing disc golf, running, bike riding and spending time with family.
Q&A with Beth
Q: How did you become involved in the cancer registry profession?
A: I graduated college with a degree in the HIM field so I first pursued coding/billing. I didn’t enjoy it so I knew I had to find something else. At that time, I had a friend in the cancer registry field so I started asking her questions & quickly grew an interest in the field. As I worked FT in the coding field, I also pursued the AHIMA cancer registry program. I completed the online program & sat for the CTR exam without any cancer registry experience & I was pleased with a successful passing score.
Q: What advice do you give to other individuals considering pursuing their CTR?
A: An individual that is pursuing the CTR would benefit from observing a cancer registry department, if available. NCRA offers a mentoring program in which a mentor can be assigned to an individual pursuing the cancer registry field to help with guidance & education. They may also find benefit from reviewing the NCRA & the SEER website. The NCRA can also be followed on Facebook. I found it extremely helpful with developing professional relationships with other CTRs as well.
Q: What do you feel you have gained while working at Registry Partners?
A: By working at Registry Partners, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge, confidence, & lifelong friendships. I have also developed my organizational & communication skills. I find that participation in the QC monthly calls has been incredibly valuable in developing my registry skills as well.