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:

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2023 Leadership Award Winners

Distinguished Member Award

The Distinguished Member Award is WHIMA’s highest award. The objective of this award is to identify and honor outstanding members for their loyal service to the association and their contribution to the profession. These members have been active within the organization at all levels and have contributed through publication, teaching/educational presentations and administrative activities, showing leadership, innovation and creativity.

Sheila Goethel, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

Sheila Goethel, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

2023 Distinguished Member

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 this award may include contributions such as exemplary service to the Association in a particular role in a manner of excellence, innovation and creativity, volunteering in the advancement of WHIMA’s goals and objectives, or other support to the Association’s mission, vision, values and/or strategic plan through special efforts or leadership.

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.

Tanya Mulder, RHIT

Tanya Mulder, RHIT

2023 Educator Award

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.

Bryanna Schoeffel, RHIA

Bryanna Schoeffel, RHIA

2023 Motivator Award

Outstanding Student Award

The objective of the Outstanding Student award is to recognize students who demonstrate excellence, leadership, and commitment to the HIM profession and their future career, who are student members of AHIMA and WHIMA, involved in WHIMA activities at the state and local level, and who have completed two semesters at a CAHIIM-Accredited School with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Miah Hansen, RHIT

Miah Hansen, RHIT

2023 Outstanding Student

Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill

2023 Outstanding Student

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.

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA

2023 Professional Practice Mentor

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 careers. A professional who has been credentialed within the last seven years who demonstrates contributions to AHIMA and/or WHIMA, is an active WHIMA member, and exhibits significant potential for future leadership, innovation, creativity, and administrative capacity.

Kimberly Halverson, RHIT

Kimberly Halverson, RHIT

2023 Rising Star

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.

Tyler Barkeim, RHIT, CCDS-O

Tyler Barkeim, RHIT, CCDS-O

2023 Spirit of WHIMA Award

Julie Larsen, RHIA, CCS, CDIP

Julie Larsen, RHIA, CCS, CDIP

2023 Spirit of WHIMA Award