Monthly Archives: February 2018



You spoke … We Listened!! Jackie Judd, CCS Director of Communications MaHIMA Thank you to all who participated in the Connect/Stay Connected Survey.  In response to overwhelming member preference, after today you will be receiving “Stay Connected” on a bi-weekly basis.  “Connect” will continue to be published quarterly. In the survey, members gave us some great suggestions for future articles:  [...]

AWARDS 2018: Outstanding New Professional

Ashlee Purcell, RHIT Winner of 2018 MaHIMA Outstanding New Professional Award Ashlee Purcell was nominated for the MaHIMA Outstanding New Professional Award by her Director, Bibi VonMalder.  The following comments were adapted from the nomination: Ashlee received her RHIT this year.  I became Ashlee’s director a year ago as she was finishing school and preparing to sit for her RHIT [...]

AWARDS 2018: Champion

Marianne Garfi, RHIA, CCS-P Winner of 2018 MaHIMA Champion Award Marianne Garfi was nominated for the MaHIMA Champion Award by Ellen Butler Vaitkunas, RHIA.  The following was excerpted from the nomination. Marianne has been an active MaHIMA member for 25 years.  I have had the pleasure of working with Marianne on the Nominating Committee for over four years now but [...]


Considering Running for the Board?  Busy People Wanted! Do you think you are too busy run for office?  Well you know the old saying “give it to a busy person and it gets done.”  Being part of MaHIMA leadership is a rewarding experience.  The value of working with similar minded (and not so similar minded) professionals allow you to grow [...]

IG Corner

IG: Does Your Information Governance Plan Incorporate Your e-Discovery Strategy? Submitted by Lori McNeil Tolley, RHIA, BS., M.ED., MaHIMA Board Member at Large The e-discovery elements of the IG plan require a healthcare organization to identify all information assets and then develop policies to include

AWARDS 2018: Professional Achievement

Danielle Roy, RHIT, CCS, CPC  Winner of 2018 MaHIMA Professional Achievement Award Danielle Roy has worked in the HIM field for over 20 years.  Danielle began her career in healthcare at Southcoast Healthcare as an Emergency Department registration staff.  She attended Bristol Community College to receive her HIM degree and eventually became an outpatient coder.  As the organization grew, she [...]

AWARDS 2018: Professional Achievement

Cheryl Rau, RHIT Winner of 2018 MaHIMA Professional Achievement Award While finishing her last HIM classes at Fisher College, where she was on the Dean’s List, Cheryl Rau interned at Morton Hospital. Following graduation in 2011, Cheryl returned to Morton as a coder.  After a couple of years she left and moved on to another positon at another facility during [...]


Streamlining Employer Registration By Barb Glondys, MA, RHIA, CHPS, Apprenticeship Navigator and SME, AHIMA Foundation The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently recognized the AHIMA Foundation as a National Program for Apprenticeship.  The recognition helps to provide a centralized approval process and streamline the route for employers to become registered apprenticeship employers through the Foundation’s National Standard of Apprenticeships.  Employer’s [...]

2018 AWARDS: Distinguished Member

Walter Houlihan MBA, RHIA, AHIMA Fellow Winner of 2018 MaHIMA Distinguished Member award Walter Houlihan is the senior director of Health Information Management and Clinical Documentation at Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts. Walter has been a director of health information management in major teaching hospitals in New York City and Chicago over the past 35 years. He is past President [...]

2018 AWARDS: Outstanding Mentor

Mary Beth Brouillard, MBA, RHIA, Winner of 2018 MaHIMA Outstanding Mentor Award Mary Beth Brouillard was nominated for the MaHIMA Outstanding Mentor Award by Patricia Fountain, BS, RN, MBA, CCDS, a colleague who knows first-hand the impact Mary Beth has on others.  The following is excerpted from the nomination: I am writing this letter to nominate Mary Beth Brouillard, MBA, [...]

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