The Fellowship program is a program of earned recognition for AHIMA members who made significant and sustained contributions to the profession. Individuals who earn fellowship may use the designation Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA), and their names will be maintained in the AHIMA Registry of Fellows.
The purpose of the Fellowship program is to:
The Fellowship program has two designations: Fellowship and Candidacy for Fellowship.
View the list of AHIMA Fellows
Fellowship is open to any individual who is a regular, honorary, or Emeritus member of AHIMA, and who meets the following eligibility requirements:
Once conferred, the fellow status is a lifetime recognition, subject to continuing AHIMA membership and compliance with the AHIMA Code of Ethics.
Candidacy serves as a preparatory period for those individuals whose portfolio does not meet the criteria for fellowship but who want an opportunity to formalize lifelong learning and development plans. Admission to candidacy does not automatically result in the conferment of fellowship.
Candidacy is open to any individual who is a regular, honorary, or Emeritus member of AHIMA, and who meets the following eligibility requirements:
The normal candidacy period is one to five years, depending upon individual background. A candidate can apply for fellowship status at any time. An individual may remain in candidacy status with one renewal period to extend candidacy to a total of five years.
The AHIMA Fellowship Review Committee meets quarterly. All applications must be submitted online (letters of recommendation may be uploaded into the online application in Word or PDF format). Applications will be reviewed and notifications sent within four weeks of the submission deadline.
Please remember to retain a copy of your entire application and all other materials for your records. Your application will not be returned to you following review by the committee.
There is a one time application fee of $250 for either candidacy or fellowship status. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Applicants who achieve candidacy status, or who are not initially accepted to fellowship status, have up to five years to resubmit their application and to achieve fellowship status. One resubmission during that five year period will be accepted. If Fellowship status has not been achieved following resubmission or five years (whichever occurs first), an additional application fee must be paid for further resubmissions,
(Application fees are nonrefundable.)
Fellowship Application Categories
Procedures for Determining Years of Work for the Fellowship Application
The application period for the 2015 Grace Award will open in March 2015
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, TX, was presented AHIMA’s prestigious Grace Award for 2014 at the AHIMA 86th Annual Convention and Exhibit, this past September in San Diego, CA. Children’s was recognized for successfully integrating HIM professional expertise enterprise-wide in numerous ways to achieve the triple aim of healthcare. With HIM credentialed professionals working in compliance, finance and information services, among other areas, Children’s continues to build upon a solid infrastructure, maximizing the use of technology with HIM professionals engaged in all ventures.
For example, the Director of the HIM department assumed oversight for the 3-year, $65 million HER system implementation that began in 2007. The project included the evaluation and improvement of business processes across operational area to achieve a “One Patient, One Record” EHR system. Completing the implementation allowed Children’s to achieve a HIMSS Level 7 in 2010, the first in the state of Texas. Results of the HER implementation have been phenomenal, and include decreased length of stay in the Emergency Department by 30%; reduced time to completion of ambulatory provider records from 8 days to 3; decreased delinquency rate from 21% to 0.4%; reduced medication delivery time to floors from 12 hours to 4 hours; reduction by 50% of sentinel events from March 2010 through June 2012; and more than 15,000 patients using the patient portal with 15% actively involved.
Additionally, Children’s Medical Center joined forces with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to pilot a personal health record (PHR) program to promote the concept of “consumer-mediated exchange,” placing control of the medical record in the hands of the patient, removing the administrative burden and traditional constraints around consent and differing state laws, and thereby empower individuals to become more actively involved in the management of their condition. Sickle Cell patients residing in the Tyler, Texas area, a 2.5 hour drive from Dallas, were selected. Baseline survey results of the participants with resurvey at three and six months showed positive results. At six months no patients missed multiple doses a week, a significant increase from 36% at the beginning of the program; and 64.3% of patients were extremely satisfied with managing their healthcare needs, another significant increase from 14% at the project’s star.
Accepting the 2014 Grace Award from AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon (right), MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA, and 2014 Grace Award Commitee Chair Mark Dietz (left), RHIA, are Katherine Lusk, Chief Health information Management and Exchange Oficer, and Pamela Arora, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, at Children's Medical Center of Dallas is Marcia Johnson, Associate Administrator Strategy, Planning and Performance Analytics, and Seth Katz, Assistant Administrator Information Management and Program Execution.
2014 – Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
2013 – Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, MO
2012 – University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic, Madison, WI
Since their inception in 1994, the AHIMA Triumph Awards have honored those professionals responsible for advancing the field of health information management (HIM). Each year, AHIMA members nominate those that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, volunteerism and talent. As part of a long and cherished tradition, the Triumph Awards continue to be the highest recognition of excellence, dedication and service, and are presented annually at the AHIMA Convention & Exhibit.
Award Categories: Descriptions, Qualifications, and Guidelines
Previous Triumph Award recipients
Application for AHIMA Triumph Award- Nomination Due by June 1, 2015
Download the 2014 Triumph Award Winner brochure
Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS
Linda L. Renn, RHIT, CCS, CPC, CPC-H, CHTS
Joanne Valerius, PhD, MPH, RHIA
Joan C. Hicks, MSHI, RHIA
Diann H. Brown-Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA
Carolyn Valo, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA
Kathy Westhafer, RHIA, CHPS
Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA and Therese Jorwic, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Patricia Shaw, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Donna J. Slovensky, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Susan White, PhD, RHIA, CHDA
Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
Alice Noblin, PhD, RHIA, CCS
Megan Munns, RHIA
Kaley Schnitker, CCA
Janice Wishart, RHIT
Potential sources for nominees include the following: ACE members, State Leaders, Fellows, and other HIM professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders.
All nominations must be submitted using the Triumph Awards Nomination Form, completed in its entirety. Nominations must follow the nomination guidelines and must include the supporting materials listed below. Nominations for the 2015 Triumph Award nominations are due by June 1, 2015.
Individuals who have previously won a particular award are not eligible to win that award again, even if it has been reformatted. They may, however, be nominated for a different award. The Nominator is responsible for assuring that all required documentation is collected for the nominee. Incomplete submissions may adversely impact the committee's ability to adequately and fully evaluate a nominee.
The AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee will review all nominations for determination of award issuance. If none of the nominees for a particular award reflect the level of achievement expected of an award recipient, the committee reserves the right to recommend that the award not be presented.
Members of the AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee, the AHIMA Board of Directors, the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors, and AHIMA staff are not eligible for awards during their term of service, even if the service for which they would be nominated occurred prior to their term of service or employment.
All nomination materials become the property of AHIMA. Materials cannot be returned.
AHIMA strives to reflect in its membership and leadership the diversity within the United States, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, special needs and other diverse populations. AHIMA encourages the celebration of promotion of diversity through education mentoring, recognition, leadership and other programs.
The 2014 nomination process is now closed. Nominations for 2015 will be accepted through June 1, 2015, for recognition in 11 award categories (See award categories tab). Nominees must be AHIMA members or corporate sponsors (see nomination guidelines for rules and exceptions) Nominations are only acceptable via the online application. No exceptions.
Application for AHIMA Triumph Award
AHIMA Triumph Award winners for 2014 will be notified on or before August, 2014; and presented with the awards at the 2014 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in San Diego, CA. While not mandatory, all recipients are encouraged to be present or to designate an individual to accept the award on their behalf. Please note that attendance at the convention, registration fees, and associated travel fees are the responsibility of the recipient. Award winners will be featured in the Journal of AHIMA and on the AHIMA website in the AHIMA Triumph Awards section. In addition, AHIMA will provide all awardees with a press release for distribution to recipient’s local media outlets.
Marion K. Gentul, RHIA, CCS
Margaret H. Gallo Kyriakos, PHD, RHIA
Judith Gizinski, MPH, RHIA
Angelia F. Hamilton, RHIA, CCS
Merida L. Johns, PhD, RHIA
Andrea G. Koppelmann, MS, RHIA
April D. Robertson, MPA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA
Heather Shankland, MBA, RHIA
Marilyn K. Render
Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom, MBA, RD, CAE