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Netsmart FUTURES- Week Seven

This week, our FUTURES participated in their second EDM Day, where they learned Mental Health First Aid. With the FUTURES Strut quickly approaching, they are also working hard to prepare for their presentations. This week, Joseph, Peter and William discuss their seventh week at Netsmart.


Joseph Giardina: Software Engineer FUTURE

WOW! I can’t believe we’re almost done. It seems kind of weird that in just a few short weeks this internship will be over. I am astonished how much I feel that I have acclimated to Netsmart in such a short amount of time. Netsmart has done an exceptional job of making me feel like a real employee and not just an intern.

Starting as a FUTURE I was a bit nervous to work in the real world outside of academia, and had a few goals set forth that were very important to me. My main goal was to experience working in a real company. I assumed it was likely much different from school, and I was right. I wanted to prove to myself that I can work in a company, as I feel like I never know enough and there is always more to know.

My secondary goal was to learn just learn basically anything and everything that I could. With the help of my amazing mentor, David Fann, and my assignment which challenged me by introducing many new and unfamiliar technologies I definitely feel I have done just that.

I just completed my personal project and am currently working on a group project that includes myself and 4 other interns. Since we are completely in charge it is teaching me a lot about software development, and how it may not always go as planned. But as a group we were able to band together as a team and despite challenges I feel that our project is still on track and going strong.

One thing that Netsmart does that I feel is extremely important is that the interns work on real projects and features that the company really uses, and not just some intern project that will never be used. This was super important for me as it made me feel as if I am a valued associate not just an intern.

This was greatly conveyed to me in our group project. We currently are working on an app to make scheduling conference rooms easier. Throughout our time here we have heard time and time again about how much different associates, including executives, are looking forward to using this application. This makes me feel that what I’m doing matters, and makes me want to work hard and do everything to the best of my ability.

This is exactly the type of experience I was hoping to get out of the summer. It’s going to be weird going back to school, this experience almost makes me feel as if I already graduated and am in the workforce. The Netsmart FUTURES internship has surpassed my expectations in almost every way. The people are great to work with, my mentor is amazing, my fellow FUTURES are great, and I’ve learned so much.


Peter Geiss: Software Engineer FUTURE

After a month and a half at Netsmart, I have to say I’m impressed with the environment. This is my second internship (my first one was not at Netsmart) so my experience is slightly different from some of the other FUTURES but I feel like I also have a better base of comparison. At my last internship, we were given a project and told to run with it. However, we didn’t build a perfect project seeing as we lacked oversight such as QA and I’m still not sure if our project was ever actually used. Here, we have proper guidance and structure, and our projects are actually integrated into the solutions Netsmart provides. Likewise, our teams actually interact with us and act as mentors rather than just throwing us into the deep end like they did at my last internship.

It’s the Great River (NY – Long Island) office’s first time having FUTURES and they’re taking it in stride. We’ve recently had our primary summertime event called Coding on the Beach where the SWEs (not just the FUTURES) had a day of work at Robert Moses Beach. Prior to this trip, our manager surprised us by sending us (just the FUTURES) on an afternoon at the beach to check where the best internet reception was. We have a couple more FUTURES events scheduled, like an EDM day in the Bronx and a scavenger hunt throughout NYC, so I’m excited to see how they will turn out.


William Givens: Cloud Systems Engineer FUTURE

Working at Netsmart this summer has been great hands-on work experience. From day one I was working on projects that directly impacted clients and Netsmart. When a client decides to join the Netsmart family, new hardware is needed onsite to use our services. I have built, configured, and shipped over 30 routers and vpn appliances to client sites, enabling them to connect to our data center. I have also been doing a large amount of work inside Winchester Data Center. Having access to the Netsmart suite and the Allscripts suite I was able to complete several projects. I researched, configured, and installed remote console managers in both suites. These allow us to reach network devices even in the event of a catastrophic failure. On top of this I went through every piece of hardware in the data center and matched their network names to the asset tags, enabling easier communication between the network and facilities teams. This summer has granted me an abundance of new knowledge and experience that I will use throughout my entire career.


Netsmart FUTURES- Week Six

Week six is here and between working and preparing for the upcoming FUTURES strut, our FUTURES are keeping busy. This week, Shaina, Austin and Jordan reflect on their experiences with the FUTURES program.

Shaina Bachelani: Finance FUTURE

The summer at Netsmart has been flying by for the FUTURES. It’s hard to believe we’re already on week six! We’ve all been pretty busy, but it’s been fun and definitely a good learning experience. As a Finance FUTURE, I’ve been working on a variety of projects. The biggest one has been analyzing expenses that have been incurred since January to see which vendors we spend the most with, as well as which departments those expenses come from. Some other projects that I’ve been working on have been looking at how the number of clients has changed by region from January of this year to now, and which of Netsmart’s products each region uses the most.

These past few weeks have been an awesome experience. I’ve learned so much and gotten to know some amazing people both on the finance and FUTURES teams. I can’t wait to see what these next few weeks have in store for us!

This week’s contributors, Shaina, Austin and Jordan, discuss the upcoming FUTURES strut, which will take place during their tenth and final week at Netsmart.

Austin Davis: Software Engineer FUTURE

Week six is here!  We’ve come so far in such a short time.  On Saturday there was R.Y.A.N.,  which was an event that promoted suicide awareness and prevention.  It was such a great opportunity to hear the speakers tell their stories and raise awareness for such a great cause!  You never know what other people are going through, and one of the event’s big messages was to remember that you are always needed.  It was inspiring to see all the jerseys, which had Ryan’s name and team number, 5, on them.

I feel like the FUTURES this year have such a great, uplifting attitude and we’ve been able to grow as a team over the past six weeks.  Netsmart has not only given us opportunities to grow in our skills with our jobs, but also to come together as a cause connected team through all the different events we get to participate in.  Even during meetings with the engineers, we connect how our individual projects contribute to our clients, which I find exciting!

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FUTURES work Netsmart’s EDM Foundation table during the R.Y.A.N. soccer tournament on Saturday, July 9 at the Olathe District Activity Center.

Jordan Erisman: Software Engineer FUTURE

The FUTURES program is past the halfway point, and I could not have asked for a better experience. As my first internship, I was nervous coming into the program. However, my mentor and team members have been extremely helpful. They have been more than willing to answer all of my questions and concerns. As a result, I have learned more than I thought possible in the last six weeks.

For the first five weeks, my project was to extract data from CareManager, which will later be used to predict patients’ risks for various medical conditions. For the remainder of the summer, I will be working on front-end web development. I am fortunate to get such a wide variety of meaningful work in the short, ten week program.

Along with projects for my team, the FUTURES have been working on a project to present at the end of the program in August. We have been making videos to display the daily lives of the Netsmart FUTURES, and how the work we are doing impacts the lives of our clients.

Aside from work, there have been several events for the FUTURES that have kept me busy. From Top Golf to weekly ultimate frisbee matches, there is always an opportunity to connect with other interns and associates from Netsmart. I have met some amazing people, and developed friendships here that will last a lifetime.

On Saturday, July 9, a group of FUTURES attend the R.Y.A.N. soccer tournament at the Olathe District Activity Center. The tournament promoted suicide prevention and awareness.

#NatCon16 – Informed and Inspired

The National Council Conference or #NatCon16 offered a unique experience for each attendee.   There was much to see, learn and so many knowledgeable and talented people to meet.

Sunday morning in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, where to go first?  The Netsmart booth of course! It was all hands on deck, our Leadership, Marketing, IT, Client Org, Support, Engineering, RCM, and Consulting teams were busy making sure our booth was going to be ready to go for clients and partners (and prepping us with a booth training session).

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Volunteering, Where to Begin?

Do you want to volunteer and give back to the community, but you’re not sure where to start?  What are you passionate about, underserved youth, cancer research, mental health, animal rescues?  Whatever issues motivate you to make a difference, there is probably an organization out there focusing their efforts and they most likely need volunteers!

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Bok, bok… The Chicken is coming!

Now that the gnomes are starting to receive homes with the welcoming associates of Netsmart, the rest of the garden animals are trying to get in the action!  Out of the goodness of their hearts, the FUTURES and EveryDayMatters are looking to find a home for The Chicken.   Continue reading Bok, bok… The Chicken is coming!

Making EveryDayMatters – Intimate Partner or Domestic Violence

Making EveryDayMatters – Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence
1005608_10151529459371034_208173909_nThe numbers may surprise you, Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence affects both men and women. Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical domestic violence assaults in the USA annually, but that numbers is considered very low, due to the stigma men feel they face with reporting. 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Women ages 18-34 are at the greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence and more than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners. In fact 1 in 3 female homicide victims are murdered by their current or former partner every year. Victims and abusers come from all walks of life and every community (upscale residences to homeless). No one is immune from it. Continue reading Making EveryDayMatters – Intimate Partner or Domestic Violence

Loss and Hope: How the suicide of one teen is bringing change and awareness

When someone commits suicide, the central question loved ones seek to answer is “why?” Understanding suicide, however, is akin to making sense of the nonsensical. It simply defies reason, logic and — for many — closure. Surviving family, friends will always struggle to understand, to accept and to live on.

In this short film, EveryDayMatters provides a snapshot in time of what will be a lifelong journey for family and friends of Ryan Hill. Their courage and transparency is a gift to all of us – that gift is awareness. And prevention can only come when awareness is raised. Special thanks to Ryan’smother, Linda and to Ryan’s brother, Stephen. Thanks, also, to all of Ryan’s family and friends who want you to remember you’re always needed …

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Reflections on Week #3 of the Netsmart FUTURES program!

Blog Week 3

Netsmart’s Futures program is filled with team building activities, networking events, educational luncheons, along with meaningful work and opportunities to learn about the industry, build our professional skill set, and grow as an individual. Here, we three Futures, Claudia, Brett, and Jake, reflect on our third week of our summer internship.

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Making EveryDayMatter at the Arlington Pet Expo


I have had my greyhounds now for 3 years.  I found out soon after adopting my first greyhound that the whole greyhound community of volunteers comes with.  I volunteer regularly and have done a variety of tasks and attended several events over the last 3 years.

This year for my EveryDayMatters day I volunteered to bring an adoptable dog to the Arlington Pet Expo.  It is an all-breed event with rescue groups, breeders, vendors, entertainment and anything and everything else you could think of. Continue reading Making EveryDayMatter at the Arlington Pet Expo