Kerry Wolford, RHIA, CHPS, stands tall as the recipient of WHIMA’s esteemed Distinguished Member award for 2024. The honor was bestowed upon her amidst the recognition lunch at the WHIMA Annual Conference held in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This accolade is a testament to Kerry’s unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to the Association and the Health Information (HI) profession.

A stalwart advocate for WHIMA, Kerry’s dedication shines through her multifaceted involvement. She has served on the Board of Directors and has been an integral part of the Policy Advocacy and Legislative team for years, serving as a member and Team Lead. As a Team Lead, Kerry fosters active participation and spearheads the development and submission of WHIMA’s comments on proposed legislation. Her astute insights into the potential impacts of regulations on organizational operations have been instrumental in shaping WHIMA’s stance on crucial matters like HIPAA Proposed Rulings and 42 CFR Part 2, earning federal recognition for the Association’s contributions.

Beyond her legislative endeavors, Kerry’s passion for sharing knowledge is palpable. She actively cultivates an environment where members feel empowered to ask questions and delve deeper into regulatory nuances. Kerry’s expertise spans health information management, compliance, interoperability, privacy, and healthcare operations, making her a valuable resource for WHIMA members and healthcare professionals.  Her dedication to education extends to delivering presentations at WHIMA educational meetings, and workshops, and enriching the collective understanding of HIM practices.

Kerry’s impact transcends the boundaries of WHIMA, as evidenced by her involvement in initiatives such as the HIPAA COW deliverables and the State of Wisconsin Department Health Services eHealth Initiative workgroup. Her tireless efforts and unwavering dedication epitomize the spirit of WHIMA’s mission and the WHIMA Distinguished Member.

To Kerry Wolford, we extend our heartfelt congratulations! Your leadership and advocacy serve as a beacon of inspiration for us all. Here’s to celebrating your remarkable achievements and the indelible mark you’ve made on the healthcare landscape.

For those wishing to extend their congratulations, Kerry can be reached at kawolford55@gmail.com.