Hello to all, I am honored to be the 2017-2018 West GHIMA Region President. The merge of the regions has been challenging but rewarding. We have seen growth in membership and in education at our quarterly meetings. Networking with vetted vendors and peers has also increased. It was a privilege to work with Vernice Reed and the 2016-2017 Board of Directors and I am looking forward to this term as President and what it entails. One of our biggest challenges is the vastness of our West Region. Making a connection with each other will require commitment and teamwork. With the addition of virtual connectivity, we are hoping to close that gap to bring us closer together. Participating in our meetings, either face to face or via internet, will help you network and provide the most up to date education. The meetings will engage and encourage you on your journey as a HIM professional. This industry is ever changing and with guidance from AHMIA and GHIMA , we will be on the cutting edge. I encourage you to take part in this association not only for your benefit but for the benefit of those you will meet. We are all needed to make West successful. I look forward to seeing you at a future West GHIMA meeting.
Stephanie Mercer, RHIT, CCS
West GHIMA President 2017-2018