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Letter from the President

January 19, 2021

Greetings CtHIMA Members!

What a bumpy road this has been indeed! All the “norms” seem to have just blown away! CtHIMA did manage to have a successful live session at the hotel in Rocky Hill back in October thanks largely to our president-elect Marty and administrator Tara’s determination and perseverance against all challenges and obstacles! So, thank you much to Marty and Tara! Although we were not able to show a profit, those who attended gave positive feedback and were happy to again attend a live session and to network with their peers and, as we all do, look forward to more such sessions soon! With that said, we have sadly decided not to hold a previously planned live education session for February due to Connecticut’s recent spike in COVID. But sit tight and be patient! Things are looking brighter with a vaccine making the rounds! We so look forward to a spectacular Annual this year to make up for having to cancel last year’s!

CtHIMA continues to offer webinars to our members and others via our website and to provide information and updates particularly relating to COVID on our Connecticut site on Engage.

Jill Flannigan, the Program Director for the HIM program at Middlesex Community College reports things to be going well at the college through the pandemic. Fortunately the program had already been offering online learning options. We look forward to again holding some of our education session in the beautiful pavilion at the college!

Should you have time on your hands or if COVID has you feeling bored, and with pent up energies, you may want to think of creative ways to engage students virtually. Or you might volunteer like our CtHIMA Board member Kristin Piccirillo has been doing for the Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) within their Civic Engagement Committee. HYPE is an initiative of the Metro Hartford Alliance to retain and attract talent in the Hartford Region. The organization spotlighted Kristin as their member of the month in November.

https://www.hypehartford.com/get-involved/membership/member-spotlight/kristen-piccirillo

CtHIMA would love to spotlight members who are doing worthwhile or extraordinary things either within or outside of the profession. Should you know of anyone please contact Tara at We could also post the spotlighted members on Engage!

On a sadder note, one of our peers, Linda Gagnon, has passed. Linda was the HIM Director at the Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=linda-ann-gagnon&pid=197506132&fhid=4309

So, after all my doom and gloom, remember to keep your chins up! The end of the pandemic is nearing and spring is fast approaching!

Stay safe! Keep well! And here’s looking forward to our next live education session whenever that may be!

Jim Donaher
President CtHIMA


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