Patient Account Representative Linda Wirkkala will retire from Longview Orthopedic Associates on September 24th after more than 27 years with the company.
Linda was hired as a billing clerk on May 11, 1987. At that time, the LOA staff consisted of orthopedic surgeons Bruce Blackstone and Dave Black and seven additional employees. Today, Longview Orthopedic Associates features six surgeons and 35 support staff.
During her tenure, Linda’s duties have included insurance billing and follow-up, payment posting and collections, and credentialing, transcription, and computer-related housekeeping.
“The biggest change that occurred while I was with LOA,” Wirkkala said, “was the shift from manual financial posting and insurance billing to computerized posting and billing, as well as the move to electronic medical records.”
Linda plans to make full use of her retirement by traveling, doing volunteer work that involves children, and spending more time with family and friends.
“I’ll miss the doctors and staff at Longview Ortho,” she said. “They’re a great group and it’s been a wonderful place to work.”