Sunday found me, along with the MHIMA delegation’s CSS alums Laura Blabac, Kristi Lundgren, Jean MacDonell and Christina Wallner, in the House of Delegates. Among other topics, one particular focus was ICD-10, using Twitter and Facebook to connect with Washington legislators and to engage others to join us in the AHIMA #ICD10Matters campaign en masse; the room was rumbling with energy.
Monday’s 2014 TriumphAwards were exhilarating as multiple CSS alums received recognition: Megan Munns, RHIA, Rising Star Award; Dr. Joanne Valerius, MPH, RHIA, Educator Award; Patricia Shaw, MEd, RHIA, FAHIMA, Literacy Legacy Award and Susan Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, Mentor Award. Brava, brava to all! “Medical advances in in technology” was renowned cardiologist, geneticist and researcher Eric Topol’s fascinating keynote address. Several faculty attended the Assembly on Education/Workforce luncheon regarding strategies for teaching our students the soft (human) skills that prepare them for success in the work place. The evening had us gathered with over one hundred CSS alumni at our reception with School of Health Science Dean Dr. Ron Berkeland, and Lisa Roseth, Executive Director, Alumni Relations. Vicki Zeman was recognized for her years of service to the HIIM department as she prepares to retire at the academic year’s end. One highlight of the event was San Diego HIM MS alumni Connie Rendas’ inspirational story she shared of her intention of “just getting an online degree” and leaving CSS with that, plus a treasured relationship with members of the Monastery. She ended her witness with a generous contribution to the department and encouraged others to join her gifting. Connie returns to campus multiple times a year simply to bask in Benedictine hospitality and visit her fans. The HIM undergraduate seniors were introduced and warmly received as well.
Tuesday evening, HIM graduate student, John Mashiklan, received his award from the AHIMA Foundation for the 2014 National Convention e-Poster Contest; his poster theme was ‘Web Database Design with EHR integration for Hospital Hospitality House.’ Congratulations, John! We ended the evening with the Appreciation Celebration at PetCo Park featuring KC and the Sunshine Band and a 70’s theme, complete with beautiful weather.
Wednesday, Janelle and I were able to hear CSS alums present in their areas of expertise. Cheryl Stephens discussed the impact of HIEs on public health and Rita Bowen and Alisha Smith’s EHRs and information governance. No doubt there were more CSS alumni on the speaker roster for the convention that are not listed here; there’s regrettably never enough time to take in all there is to do, see and hear. At the convention closing, Rob Lowe shared his moving story of why he stepped up to be the first male representative for the Stand Up to Breast Cancer having lost his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to the disease.
Next year the festivities commence in New Orleans…I’ve already got ‘When the Saints Come Marching In!’ in my mind’s eye, complete with a meandering jazz band in tow. Calling all Saints; see you there!