Dear GHIMA members and friends, We had a wonderful time in Savannah at the 2017 GHIMA Annual Meeting and Exhibit in August. The attendance was good, but if you missed it, don’t miss next year’s meeting. (I’ll give you a sneak preview at the end of this article). The roundtable discussions were very well supported and positive feedback will keep them in our annual meeting for next year. Thank you to all who made the meeting so memorable and enjoyable, the previous Board, the current Board, GHIMA Past Presidents, our outstanding Executive Director, and all of the volunteers at every level of our state and national organization.
Annette Baker, RHIA, graciously and energetically has led GHIMA for 2016-2017 and I look forward to having her input on the 2017-2018 GHIMA Board of Directors. Karen Searcy, RHIA, is our President-Elect, scheduled to take office in another year. If you haven’t met Karen, you will enjoy her bubbly personality and “can-do” persona. Kathy A lberson, RHIA, GHIMA Past President, 2015-2016, will continue on the new GHIMA Board, along with Jennifer McCollum, RHIA, past President for 2010-2011. Annette, Karen, Kathy, Jennifer, and I will be representing GHIMA at the AHIMA HOD in October in Los Angeles. Thank you for the privilege of representing you in L.A.
We are happy to congratulate Charlotte McCuen, MHA, RHIA, on her election to the CCHIIM Board of Commissioners at AHIMA. She will represent GHIMA and her region, WGHIMA, well. By the way, CCHIIM is the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management.
Congratulations to our award winners this year, with presentations and recognition given at the Savannah meeting:
- Distinguished Service Award: Charlotte McCuen, MHA, RHIA
- Champion Award: GHIMA Strike Team: Debra Boni, MBA, BS, RHIT, CCS, Vernice Reed, RHIT, CCA, Christi Snider, RHIA, Alan Soskel, RHIA, Karen Searcy, RHIA
- Mentor Award: Neisa Jenkins, Ed.D., RHIA
- Recent Gr aduate Award: Tyler Schumann, RHIA, Augusta University
- Clinical Site Award: University Healthcare System; St. Joseph’s Candler Health System
- Established Professional Award: Debra Boni, MBA, BS, RHIA, CCS; Vernice Reed, RHIT, CCA; Christi Snider, BS, RHIA
So, as promised, I’ll let you in on next year’s location for the GHIMA Annual Meeting….Callaway Gardens, at their newly renovated spa hotel located near Columbus, GA. Plan to come early and stay late, as the group hotel rates are available three days in advance of the meeting and 3 days after. There will be information forthcoming on how to obtain those special rates. The meeting dates are Aug. 19-20, 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.
Jan House, MS, RHIA
GHIMA President, 2017-2018