Letter from the President

June 17, 2019

Greetings CtHIMA Members!

The long-awaited results of the CtHIMA Annual Election for 2019! And the winners are, for the three open Director positions, Wendy Fisher, Kristen Piccirillo and Danielle Wilcox! Congratulations and welcome! The two runner-up candidates by a close margin, Sara Cozza and Danielle Foss, have been invited to serve as non-voting volunteers and to utilize their skills and knowledge on various committees.

Thank you for all who voted! We had an overall voter turnout of over 13%! Though seemingly low, better than our voter turnout for the national AHIMA election and better than most CSAs.

The Board met on Saturday, June 8th for several hours for the 2020 Strategic Planning Meeting. The usual governance matters were addressed, but more importantly, various committees were organized to better promote our mission and to better engage our membership:

  • Annual Committee
  • Volunteer Committee
  • Student Advisory Committee
  • Coding Committee
  • General Education Committee
  • Networking Committee
  • Policy & Advisory Committee
  • Nominating Committee

Anyone interested in participating in any of these, please contact us! We need volunteers!

Karen Lawler, most recently acting on the CtHIMA Board as past-president has decided to resign her position “to dedicate all of my energies to my work and personal responsibilities” as of June 15th after serving on the Board for more than five years. Best of luck to Karen and thank you for your tenure on the Board!

Thank you to all of you who completed the 2019 CtHIMA Meeting Survey! The results were tallied and reviewed at the Strategic Planning Meeting. Although the results were quite broad, some direction did come from this and we will try to offer some Saturday sessions particularly for coding since there seems to be a demand there!

Reminder, the Annual is just around the corner! So be sure to save the date! Friday, August 16th! The final agenda will soon be posted complete with pricing!

Former Board member Elizabeth Taylor is seeking any memorabilia that you might have stashed away to be shared as a display at this year’s Annual!

(Click here for information on submitting memorabilia)

We have been fervently working to tidy up our Connecticut site on Engage – eliminating some outdated posts and adding some new! If you have anything worthwhile to post, particularly anything specific to Connecticut, please do! We will better monitor the site to more quickly respond to any questions you might post there.  As mentioned in my last letter, CtHIMA was recently included at the Illinois Hospital Association’s presentation on sepsis held June 12th. Someone there connected to the project had found the sepsis presentation on our website and contacted CtHIMA to participate! Small world! The presentation can be viewed here. And a recording of the web conference can be found here.

Jim Donaher
President CtHIMA



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