Awards

WHIMA sponsors an award program to recognize excellence in the health information profession and service to the association.  Individuals are recognized at the association’s Annual Conference.

Here are the categories:

  • Distinguished Member
  • Distinguished Service
  • Rising Star
  • Motivator
  • Educator
  • Professional Practice Mentor Award
  • Spirit of WHIMA Award

Questions?  Please contact Sheila Siegler Johnson at Sheila_johnson_@hotmail.com or Susan Summerfield at SummerfieldS@westerntc.edu.

Help us recognize those who serve!

Complete the 2019 Nomination Form

Submit your nominations by March 1, 2019.

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2019 Leadership Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is to recognize WHIMA members and non-members who have made significant, commendable and long-standing contributions through service to WHIMA. Criteria for the award include completion of a major project for the Association in an outstanding manner; Display innovation and creativity through service projects; Service to the Association in a particular role in a manner of excellence over multiple years; Contribution as a volunteer in the advancement of WHIMA goals and objectives; Support to the Association through special efforts or leadership in accomplishment of a goal.

Bryanna Schoeffel, RHIA

Bryanna Schoeffel, RHIA

2019 Distinguished Service

Karen Nay, BS

Karen Nay, BS

2019 Distinguished Service

Rising Star Award

The objective is to identify and honor promising new professionals who have the potential to make significant contributions to his or her career. A professional who has been credentialed within the last seven years who demonstrates significant potential for future leadership, innovation, creativity and administrative capacity.

Brandi Ferge, RHIT

Brandi Ferge, RHIT

2019 Rising Star

Tanya Banasik, RHIA

Tanya Banasik, RHIA

2019 Rising Star

Motivator Award

The objective is to identify and honor outstanding members who are dedicated to continued learning for others and themselves. For a long record of encouraging students and colleagues to become all they can be, and helping them find ways to achieve their best.

Cathy Hansen, RHIA

Cathy Hansen, RHIA

2019 Motivator

Susan Nigon, RHIT, CCS

Susan Nigon, RHIT, CCS

2019 Motivator

Educator Award

The objective is to identify and honor those who demonstrate excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for their HIM careers. For those who teach in a health information administration, technology and other related programs and who are involved in WHIMA’s activities at the state and local levels.

Trina Blaschko, RHIT

Trina Blaschko, RHIT

2019 Educator

Professional Practice Mentor Award

The objective is to identify and honor outstanding organizations or individuals who support and mentor the upcoming generation of health information professionals. This individual or organization willingly serves as a role model and consistently provides meaningful opportunities for students to gain invaluable professional practice experience in the workplace.

Mary Faile, RHIA

Mary Faile, RHIA

2019 Professional Practice Mentor

Amy Hoaglund, RHIA

Amy Hoaglund, RHIA

2019 Professional Practice Mentor

Kendall Phillips, RHIT

Kendall Phillips, RHIT

2019 Professional Practice Mentor

Spirit of WHIMA Award

The objective is to identify and honor  individuals who work behind the scenes to help coordinate, support, or accomplish projects. Though these quiet individuals may not lead a work team, their hardworking efforts are key to a project’s success.

Charley Wessberg, CCS

Charley Wessberg, CCS

2019 SPIRIT OF WHIMA