AHIMA Presents Grace Award to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Award Recognizes Innovative Advancements in Analytics, Information Governance Resulting in Enhanced Patient Engagement, Leadership in Health Information Management

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) was honored as this year’s prestigious American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Grace Award recipient. The OSUWMC was presented with the AHIMA Grace Award at the association’s 88th Annual Convention and Exhibit in Baltimore. Named for AHIMA’s founder Grace Whiting Myers, the Grace Award honors healthcare delivery organizations that demonstrate outstanding and innovative approaches to using health information management (HIM) as a way to deliver high-quality care to patients.

“It is an honor for our organization to receive the AHIMA Grace Award,” said Andrew Thomas, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, Ohio State Health System, and senior associate vice president, Ohio State Health Sciences. “The leadership and dedicated staff in our Medical Information Management department is committed to the highest quality of health information to improve our patients’ lives. Our team embraces new technology and approaches to managing health information in support of patient care, teaching and research.”

AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA; Kristin Nelson, MS, RHIA, program manager, medical information management
and Jane D. Duckert, RHIA, MA, Director, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, AHIMA Grace Award Committee Chair

“The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an exemplary organization that is effectively using health information to improve patient care,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “In numerous initiatives, their HIM professionals are leading the way to getting the right information to the right place at the right time. AHIMA is pleased to honor them with this year’s Grace Award.”

Award evaluation criteria included how organizations support AHIMA’s 2014-2017 strategic plan by integrating HIM throughout their organization to use and analyze healthcare data, serve as a leader in their organization and community, develop and grow information governance, support and contribute to innovation, and empower consumers in their own healthcare.

AHIMA also recognized Texas Health Resources (THR) with an honorable mention for its important role in advancing the use of analytics to improve patient care, promote information governance, and bring departments together to care for the patient in a holistic manner.

This year’s Grace Award committee includes: Tracie Allen, MS, RHIA, FACHE, MAJ, MS, US Army, Chief, Mission Support, United States Transportation Command; 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; Marcia F. Johnson, RHIA, MBA, MPA; Stephanie J. Luthi-Terry, MA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, Director, Enterprise HIM Integration/eHIM Business Solutions, Health Information Management, Allina Health; Diane Premeau, MBA, RHIA, RHIT, CHP, CHC, Director, Health Information Management/Privacy Officer, Daughters of Charity Health System/O’Connor Hospital; Steven J. Steindel, PhD, FACMI; Nicole F. Walker, RHIA, Associate Director, Health Information Management, MD Anderson Cancer Center; and DeGloria S. Williams, RHIA, Director of Health Information Management, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. 

Previous winners of the award include:

  • Allina Health of Minneapolis (2015)
  • Texas Health Resources (2015 Honorable Mention)
  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (2014)
  • Truman Medical Centers (2013)
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic (2012)