After 12 years in health care administration, Lindsay MacDiarmada has joined the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine as the director of hospital information management. She will play a key leadership role in the transition to the veterinary hospital’s new ezyVet record system, which will replace the UVIS system supporting billing and medical records.
What is your background?
I majored in biology at the University of Wisconsin and got a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina. I am an animal lover, and I really always wanted to be part of this world. I started out working in the human health care system, but I volunteered part time in a veterinary clinic and in animal shelters. And now I’m finally here.
What will you be doing in your new job?
My role will be helping manage the change to the ezyVet and Orchard IT systems that will be replacing UVIS. I’ll be working closely with the faculty, staff, students, vendors and clients to ensure our medical record technology allows us to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients.
What are you most excited about in your new role?
As an animal lover, I’m excited to be in this environment. But beyond that, I think this is an opportunity that only happens once or twice in a career. That is, helping to build a new system that will bring us into the future and serve our needs for years to come. Implementing new technology during the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly added complexity, but from what I’ve seen so far, this is an outstanding team that can overcome any challenge.
What is something someone would be surprised to learn about you?
I run triathlons. I’ve completed five full Ironman Triathlons, and several half triathlons. I have been on a break for a while, but I just started training for the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in October. [The event, held in Wilmington, N.C., involves swimming 1.2 miles in open water, riding a bicycle 56 miles and running 13.1 miles.] I have a fairly relaxed personality, so people are surprised that I do that.
When you’re not on campus where could we find you?
With my family. My daughter recently turned 6 years old, and I planned a unicorn party. And I love to be outdoors in nature. My favorite event in the triathlon is swimming in the open water. I enjoy the quiet.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have a 1 1/2-year-old mix that we adopted after she was rescued following Hurricane Florence. Her name is Shelby. We think she was from the New Bern area. She was one of eight puppies rescued along with the mom. When I was growing up we had all kinds of animals — bunnies, hamsters, turtles, everything.