Descriptions, Qualifications and Guidelines for Nomination

Distinguished Member Award

Rising Star Award

Mentor Award

Unsung Hero Award

Member of the Year (Similar to Champion Award on National Level)

Board Member/Committee Chair of the Year Award


Distinguished Member Award

Award Description:

The Distinguished Member Award is AHIMA’s highest award honor. This award celebrates an individual with a long, exceptional history of HIM contributions to the field over many years is truly exceptional.

Qualifications:

Qualified individuals are HIM professionals who have made significant contributions to the HIM field through dedicated volunteer service, innovative professional practice, education, research, or publishing. These are just a few of the ways an individual qualifies.

Guidelines:

Nomination criteria for this award include the following:

  • Volunteer service as an officer, director, committee or council chair or member, task force chair or member, special project director, CoP Facilitator, or representative of the HIM field at government hearings for AHIMA or other national healthcare associations.
  • Significant original research or authorship, editing, or service on editorial board for journals, books, monographs, and other publications that advances the HIM profession.
  • Advancing professional practice through development of new theory; active dissemination of knowledge about cutting-edge practice innovations; or leadership in specialty area.
  • Regular presenter at HIM conferences and other educational events; respected instructor in academic HIM programs; or developer of groundbreaking teaching strategies.

Rising Star Award

Award Description:

The Rising Star Award recognizes and encourages the best of the fresh new talent being trained in health information administration or health information technology degree granting program nationwide. It honors a gifted student or promising new professional who embodies great hope as we look to the future of the HIM profession.

Qualifications:

Qualified individuals are a) students enrolled at the time of nomination in an approved HIA or HIT degree program, or who have graduated in the last three months; or b) HIM professional who have been credentialed within the last seven years. Nominees must demonstrate significant potential for future leadership, innovation, creativity, and administrative capacity.

Guidelines:

Nomination criteria for this award include the following:

  • Willingness to change tradition, take risks, and think critically and to lead others in these processes.
  • Exceptional problem solving ability with the capacity to envision the “Big Picture” in health information management and to make decisions accordingly.
  • Demonstrates excellence in the management of personnel, finances, information systems or other areas of interest.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the HIM profession through active participation in local, state, and national AHIMA activities, especially those that promote HIM education.

Mentor Award

Award Description:

The mentor Award honors individuals with long records of encouraging students or colleagues to realize their full potential, who have helped others, find ways to achieve their best.

Qualifications:

Qualified individuals are those rare professional colleagues and friends who touch our lives and launch us toward new horizons.

Guidelines:

Nomination criteria for this award include the following:

  • A record of motivating talented young people to enter the HIM profession.
  • Providing ongoing, longterm career guidance to one or more HIM professionals.
  • Encouraging young professionals to become involved in AHIMA activities at the state and local level and supporting their efforts.
  • Fostering enthusiasm for the profession.
  • Willingness to provide clinical sites and supervision for multiple students designed to help them achieve exemplary HIM competencies.
  • Support of the training process for new professionals through teaching, serving on panels or advisory committees, and advising individual students.
  • Service as a mentor who guides students to new opportunities and fosters their enthusiasm for the profession.

Unsung Hero Award

Award Description:

The Unsung Hero Award honors individuals who have long history of support and love for the profession with a strong commitment and compassion to assist patients who are in need of assistance with Health Information. This person is recognized for their commitment and love for the profession which usually goes unnoticed by most.

Qualifications:

Qualified individuals are those rare professional colleagues who do not look to be recognized but truly love the profession and the work they do. These people work the trenches while meeting great accomplishments due to their love of their work.

Guidelines:

Nomination criteria for this award include the following:

  • This person is selfless and has a love for the profession evident through everyday commitments and responsibilities.
  • Willingness to go the extra mile for the patient or family who is looking for guidance with their Health Information record.
  • Willingness to assist any health professional in guidance with any functions within the Health Information field.
  • This individual has a strong ethical background and commitment to the profession.

Member of the Year (Similar to Champion Award on National Level)

Award Description:

The Member of the Year Award is designed to honor an outstanding professional who volunteers their time and talents to benefit the
profession and the SDHIMA members. They show enthusiasm and support for
AHIMA/SDHIMA and the HIM profession in a capacity to help achieve the mission and/or advance the HIM practice.

Qualifications:

Qualified individuals demonstrate leadership within SDHIMA and the HIM profession by introducing innovation and creativity to current practice. This individual goes above and beyond to make the HIM profession thrive.

Guidelines:

Nomination criteria for this award may include the following type of characteristics or other similar qualities that prove an individual worthy of this annual award:

  • Advancing legislative initiatives that promote the interests of the HIM profession.
  • Serving the needs of AHIMA members through advocacy of patient rights and confidentiality; educating the public regarding health information; or support and promotion of professional practice standards.
  • Positioning the HIM profession as a leadership force in the healthcare industry.
  • Introduction of creative practice innovations through advances in technology, development of more effective quality management measures, or new methods of promoting employee motivation and job satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated leadership in HIM education.
  • Employing HIM practice in alternate careers not limited to the healthcare industry.
  • Providing inspiration, guidance, and opportunities for emerging leaders to participate in AHIMA’s volunteer structure and to build meaningful leadership experiences.
  • Significant support of key AHIMA initiatives.

Board Member/Committee Chair of the Year Award

Award Description:

The Board Member/Committee Chair of the Year Award honors those individuals who put extra effort and volunteer time into the success of SDHIMA. This individual supports the vision of SDHIMA by “doing what it takes” to provide quality services for the members SDHIMA by listening and giving back to the members.

Qualifications:

This individual provides 100% commitment to the volunteer role either elected into by the members or selected to serve as a Committee Chair by the President. This award speaks highly of an individual who demonstrates excellence in the functions and roles demonstrated on behalf of SDHIMA. This individual is a leader and a “get things done” individual.

Guidelines:

This individual will demonstrate these or like qualities.

  • Highly motivated and willing to work.
  • Demonstrates commitment to SDHIMA and the members.
  • Enthusiastic about the profession and the volunteer role served.
  • Partners with members and associated board and committee members to provide the best outcome to the task at hand.
  • Willing to do what it takes to make SDHIMA and AHIMA a success.

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