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
Ann Chenoweth, left, and Lynne Thomas Gordon, far right, present the Grace Award to Allina Health’s Stephanie Luthi-Terry and Susan Heichert.
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AHIMA Presents Allina Health of Minneapolis with Grace Award for Innovation in Health Information Management
HIM consolidation efforts show significant results in information governance
Allina Health of Minneapolis is honored for its innovative approach to health information management by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The healthcare system was presented with AHIMA’s Grace Award at the association’s 87th Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans.
Named for AHIMA’s founder Grace Whiting Myers, the AHIMA Grace Award: In Recognition of Excellence in Health Information Management honors healthcare delivery organizations that demonstrate outstanding and innovative approaches in health information management. This is the fourth year AHIMA has presented the award.
“Allina Health is honored to receive the AHIMA Grace Award. It is recognition of how fully health information management has been integrated in our day-to-day operations and the tremendously positive impact it has made in the care we deliver to our patients across our broad array of care sites including 14 hospitals, 60 community clinics, 23 hospital based clinics, homecare, hospice, retail pharmacy, and ambulatory care centers,” said Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina Health’s president and CEO. “Thousands of lives have been improved through the integration of our information through the use of the information by care teams to continuously improve care and support wellness.”
Susan Heichert, Allina’s SVP and chief information officer accepted the award today.
Allina was recognized for exemplifying a model of “HIM Without Walls” with HIM professionals involved at a variety of program levels; chairing and participating on several enterprise-wide committees; serving as subject matter experts for electronic medical record (EMR) user groups; and providing education and training.
Through its HIM consolidation efforts, Allina has organized an enterprise information governance program including key components such as:
“The Allina Health Excellian™ EMR was designed to contribute to patient-centered care through a ‘one patient, one record’ model,” said Wheeler. “During the first year of Meaningful Use Stage 2, our patient portal access increased 33 percent, patient-to-provider messaging increased 46 percent, and we extended access to Allina’s EMR system to 13 non-owned community organizations who are our regional partners in care. Our HIM team supported the development and operation of our Family Health Manager, our Live Well® and Healthy Set Go blogs that encourage information self-sufficiency. They have been critical to our implementation of our Personal Primary Care Team approach in community clinics and they support our Kirby Puckett Eye-Mobile that provides eye exams to underserved school age children throughout our service region.”
“By implementing these organizational and innovative tactics into its HIM systems, Allina shows the critical steps healthcare systems need to take to ensure health information is available to both medical professionals and patients where and when it’s needed,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “That is at the heart of what the Grace Award means to AHIMA. We’re extremely honored to recognize Allina Health with this award.”
Evaluation criteria included how organizations contribute to a patient-centered model of care, advance electronic health records and integrate HIM throughout their organization.
“Every facet of our operation is touched by our HIM professionals,” said Wheeler. “They are critical to our success as they lead and direct regulatory affairs, privacy and compliance work, helping us streamline workflows, improve clinical quality and operational efficiency, and reduce our total cost of care.”
AHIMA also recognized Texas Health Resources (THR) with an honorable mention for its important role in ensuring accuracy and availability of patient data. THR is a large faith-based, nonprofit healthcare system serving 6.8 million people in North Texas.
This year’s Grace Award committee includes: Ann F. Chenoweth, RHIA, MBA, FAHIMA, Director of Industry Relations, 3M Health Information Systems ; Mark Dietz, RHIA, President, Dietz Consulting; Jane D. Duckert, RHIA, MA, Director, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics; Diane E. Ferry, RHIA, MS, President/CEO, Star-Med, LLC; Sheila M. Green-Shook, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA, MHA, Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer, Evergreen Healthcare; Marcia F. Johnson, RHIA, MBA, MPA, Associate Administrator Strategy, Planning and Performance Analytics, Truman Medical Centers; Diane Premeau, RHIA, CHP, MBA, CHC, Director, Health Information, Daughters of Charity Health System; Stacy L. Sochacki, Executive Director, Association Management Center; Steven J. Steindel, PhD, FACMI; and DeGloria S. Williams, RHIA, Director of Health Information Management, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Previous winners of the award include Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (2014), Truman Medical Centers (2013) and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic (2012).
Whiting Myers established AHIMA in 1928 in partnership with the American College of Surgeons who wanted to “elevate the standards of clinical records in hospitals and other medical institutions.” This farsighted recognition of the importance of medical record quality to patient care and research underlies the organization today.
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, 2016
2015 Triumph Award Winners
View Triumph Award Brochure
Patty Thierry Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS
Melinda A. Wilkins, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Kelly Wilson, MBA, RHIA, CHP, HCRM, FAHIMA
Darice M. Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Danielle P. Berthelot, MHI, RHIA, CHTS-IM
Prerna Sethi-Dua, PhD, RHIA, CHTS-IM
Priscilla O. Keeton, MS, RHIT
Nonica Isabelle D. Santiago
Potential sources for nominees include the following: State Leaders, Fellows, and other HIM professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders.
All nominations must be submitted using the 2016 AHIMA Triumph Awards application, completed in its entirety. Nominations must follow the nomination guidelines and must include the supporting materials listed below. Nominations for the 2016 Triumph Award nominations are due by June 1, 2016.
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 2015 nomination process is now closed. Nominations for 2016 will be accepted through June 1, 2016, for recognition in 11 award categories (See Award Categories: Descriptions, Qualifications, and Guidelines). 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 recipients will be notified on or before August 2016; and presented with the awards at the 2016 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in Baltimore, MD. While not mandatory, all recipients are encouraged to be present or to designate an individual to accept the award on their behalf. Award recipients 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.
Cindy Zak, MS, PMP, RHIA, FAHIMA
Virginia Bell, RHIA, FABC
Danielle Berthelot, MHI, RHIA, CHTS-IM
Robert Garrie, MPA, RHIA
Ryan W. Johns, RHIA, CHPS
Priscilla Keeton, MS, RHIT
Dana C. McWay, JD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Susan Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
Carol Smith, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Julie Wolter, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Marilyn K. Render
JoAnn V. Coleman, MPA, CAE