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

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 2018 Nomination Form

Submit your nominations by March 1, 2018.

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2017 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.

Debbie Rickelman, RHIT

Debbie Rickelman, RHIT

2017 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 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.

Christine Williams, RHIA

Christine Williams, RHIA

2017 Distinguished Service Award

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.

Kari Bjorge, RHIA, CCS

Kari Bjorge, RHIA, CCS

2017 Rising Star Award

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.

Margie Konik, RHIA, MA

Margie Konik, RHIA, MA

2017 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.

Marianne Baumgarten, RHIT

Marianne Baumgarten, RHIT

2017 Professional Practice Mentor

Alice Yanna, RHIT

Alice Yanna, RHIT

2017 Professional Practice Mentor

UW Health Coding Apprenticeship Program

UW Health Coding Apprenticeship Program

2017 Professional Practice Award