AHIMA Presents 2017 Grace Award to SCL Health 

SCL Health is being honored as this year’s prestigious American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Grace Award recipient. 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. AHIMA has presented the award since 2012. SCL Health will officially be presented with the AHIMA Grace Award at the AHIMA 89th Annual Convention and Exhibit in Los Angeles.

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization offering comprehensive, coordinated care through multiple care settings including hospitals, physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas, and Montana.

Award evaluation criteria included how organizations are applying the initiatives outlined in the AHIMA 2017 & Beyond Strategic Objectives document and on the results of these focus areas, including taking leadership roles in informatics, data analytics, information governance, and consumer education, while creating health intelligence that can be used to lower costs and improve patient care.

SCL has shown exemplary work in the area of informatics and analytics as evidenced by their hiring of a data scientist type role and enhanced skill sets of new HIM Data Analysts. SCL HIM associates demonstrated leadership by creating and chairing an interdisciplinary Health Data Exchange Advisory Committee, advancing organizational health information exchange and interoperability efforts. Additionally, they were the first in the state to offer physician video visits, giving patients immediate access to their provider from the comfort of their home .

AHIMA also recognizes the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center with an honorable mention.

This year’s Grace Award committee includes: Tracie Allen, MS, RHIA, FACHE, MAJ, MS, US Army, Chief, Mission Support, United States Transportation Command; Elizabeth H. Curtis, MA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, Administrative Director, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Mark Dietz, RHIA, President, Dietz Consulting; Diane E. Ferry, RHIA, MS, President/CEO, Star-Med, LLC; Seth J Katz, RHIA, MPH, Associate Administrator, Information Management, Truman Medical Centers; Stephanie J. Luthi-Terry, MA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, Director, Enterprise HIM Integration/eHIM Business Solutions, Health Information Management, Allina Health; Kyle McElroy, RHIA, MS-HSA, AVP Health Information Management, Steward Health Care; 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: