The College of St. Scholastica - Health Information Management
Happy New Year from the HIIM Department!

As another year comes to a close and I put this newsletter together, I'm reminded of how fortunate I am to be a part of this HIIM community. This newsletter reflects just a fraction of the work that is being conducted by our faculty, students, and alumni, and it demonstrates the impact that CSS HIIM grads are having in the industry. Thank you for all you do for the program, the profession, and for healthcare generally. Please let us know the good things that you're doing so we can share it with this community. 

From your friends at CSS, we wish you many blessings as you ring in the new year. 



HIIM Faculty and Staff

Patricia R. English

Patricia English '66
Long-time HIM faculty member, Patricia R. English '66, 73,
died Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2015 in
Pat English
Pat English
Duluth, MN. Pat began working for The College of St. Scholastica in 1969 and served as an instructor and Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Health Information Management until retiring in 1998. 

Pat had a lifelong commitment to learning and her field. She was a member of the American Health Information Management Association and served on the Panel of Accreditation Surveyors and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Professional Journal. She served as an officer and committee member for the Health Information Management Associations in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The Minnesota Health Information Management Association awarded her its Distinguished Member Award in 1994.
Pam with HIM Alumni
Pam with HIM Alumni

Giving to Sr. Loretta Scholarship Fund
As an instructor, educating the students for their future as a HIM professional meant a great deal to Pat.  One way the HIIM Department is able to promote and encourage continuing student education is through the Sr. Loretta Scholarship.  The Sr. Loretta Scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate students to assist in the funding of their education.  
As chair of the Scholarship Committee, I am requesting that donations to the scholarship fund be made this year in honor of Pat English and her dedication to HIM students and the profession.

To give to the Sr. Loretta Scholarship Fund, click the following link,  select "Other" in the Designation drop box, and type in "Sister Loretta Scholarship."    Give Now

Thank you,

Anna Kelly, Chair of the Sr. Loretta Scholarship Committee 

Vicki Zeman Retires

Congratulations to Vicki Zeman who retired from St. Scholastica after teaching for thirty years in HIIM. For the last fifteen years, Vicki spent the majority of her time mentoring students and connecting with HIIM professionals through the Department's Professional Practice Experience program. Vicki had the opportunity to mentor hundreds of students over the course of her career, and she has made a lasting impact on our program and the profession generally. 

We wish Vicki all the best in her retirement!

CSS HIIM Students Earn Top Honors
Three MS HIM grad students (Jennifer Robertson, Theresa Wilkes and Ashley Lackner) were selected as the finalists to present their final research projects at the 2015 AHIMA Convention in New Orleans.
Students Honored at AHIMA
L to R: Torrey Barnhouse, Chair of AHIMA Foundation, Jennifer Robertson, Theresa Wilkes, Ashley Lackner, Bill Rudman, AHIMA's VP of Education and Executive Director of 

Congratulations HIIM Faculty Members

Dr. Amy Watters, EdD

Amy Watters,
Assistant Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Watters, EdD who successfully defended her Dissertation in July 2015.   

Dr. Danika Brinda, PhD
Danika Brinda,  
Assistant Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Danika Brinda who successfully defended her Dissertation in June 2015.

Great job on both of your accomplishments!
Marc and Sandefer's Textbook is Available!

Our own Ryan Sandefer and David Marc co-authored Data Analytics in Healthcare Research. The printed copy of their textbook finally arrived. Check it out here.
David Marc and Ryan Sandefer 
Danika Brinda Elected to AHIMA Board

Dr. Danika Brinda 

Congratulations to Dr. Danika Brinda, Assistant Professor, who was elected in August to the AHIMA Board of Directors for a three year term.   

Faculty Publish with student, alumni in JAHIMA

David Marc and Ryan Sandefer have recently published two articles in the Journal of AHIMA. The first was published in July 2015, and was published with alumni Desla Mancilla and Debbie Hamada.
 Read the July 2015 article here.

The second was published in the October issue of JAHIMA and was co-written with Jason Weinberg who is a current student in the MS Health Informatics program and Stephanie Peterson who is an alumna from the HIM undergrad program. 
Read the October 2015 article  here.
Faculty Publications on
Dr. Brooke Palkie and David Marc co-wrote two articles for VPBMonitor - "What Value Are We Gaining from Value-Based Purchasing?" in April and "How Your Hospital's Total Performance Score (TPS) Will Impact Your Medicare Payments" in June.
Read the April and June publications here. 

Great job, Brooke and David! 
MS HIM Student Presents at CSS

MS HIM Student Chris Wheat, who was recently awarded the ILHIMA Outstanding New Professional Award, was invited to provide a presentation about his experience as a Scholastica student at the annual all faculty and staff institute in August. Click the image below to watch the video. Great job, Chris!
Congratulations to Student Representatives 

2015-2016 Class Representatives to the Faculty/Student Committee are as follows:
    Senior:  Abby Ceglar and Rachel Pazdernik
    Junior:  Alyssa Anderson and Rebekah Blaschko 
    Sophomore:  Rachel Aiken and Nick Gilbert 
SHIMA:   Meagan Krey, president
               Allie Raich, vice president
               Gladys Reyes, treasurer
               Mikaela Vadnais, secretary
SSHIP:   Junior:  Brandon Nash and Ben Thell
               Sophomore:  Anwar Kemal and Patrick Gillespie  
Article by Recent HIM Grad, Heather Chartier

Heather Chartier is a recent Health Information Management (HIM) Director at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC). She will received her joint Master's degree from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in HIM/IT Leadership on May 8, 2015.
A Whole New World 
By: Shelby Zemke
As a senior student in the Health Information Management (HIM) program at The College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, I was very anxious for my first AHIMA National Convention. Our professors told us to, "Network, network, network!" It was as simple as that - we were going to network. But, how easy is it for a small town girl to break out of my shell amongst thousands of people in a place that was foreign to me?  Continue reading full article here. 

Senior HIM students from The College of St. Scholastica volunteering at the AHIMA Student Academy in New Orleans, LA.  
MS HIM Onsite - Summer 2015

This last June, we hosted the annual MS HIM onsite where 51 students presented their capstone research. It was a great opportunity to visit with our students in person and to hear more about their research projects. Our students had a wonderful time touring campus, connecting with their classmates and visiting the Duluth. The students came from across the country. 
  June 2015 
HIIM in the News

HIIM Student Featured on Local News Station

The College of St. Scholastica held their 2015 fall commencement on December 19, 2015 which brought in a lot of good media coverage. Of the 500 students who graduated this fall, one of our HIIM students, Adam Holden, was featured on our local NBC news station (KBJR-TV Channel 6) here in Duluth.
Read the full news article here.

David Marc Highlighted in Journal of AHIMA

David Marc, Assistant Professor, was highlighted in the Journal of AHIMA in April talking about the value of higher education and specialty credentials.
Read the full article

Marc was also highlighted in the Journal of AHIMA in May in the "Workaday Informatics" article. Read the full article
Eurasian Delegation

The HIIM Department had the opportunity to host a group of health care leaders from the former Soviet Union in October who were interested in learning more about healthcare in the U.S. in hopes to bring back to their own countries. This turned out to be a very successful event for CSS.
Read the full Duluth News Tribune article here.
Read the full Fox 21 news article here.
HIIM Department is Blogging -- Register!

The HIIM Department has started blogging. In an effort to engage alumni and current students regarding timely, interesting and important issues facing our department and the profession generally, we are taking to the pen (so to speak). To register for our blog and read the first blog post, click here.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 29-Mar. 4, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
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April 27-29, 2016
Rochester, MN
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May 4-6, 2016
Elkhart Lake, WI
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June 5-8, 2016
Melville, NY
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October 15-19, 2016
Baltimore, MD

With the economic financial crisis today, students and families are stretched to afford a St. Scholastica education. 

As one of our teasured alums, we are reaching out to you to support the College with a gift to the Sister Loretta Scholarship Fund and/or the LaTour Eichenwald Forum.

Sister Loretta Sheehan Scholarship Fund
Includes the Patricia Pierce Memorial Graduate Scholarship and Sue Watkins Progression Scholarship
When making a donation, please select "Other" in the Designation drop box and type in "Sister Loretta Scholarship."

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"Donating to the Sister Loretta Scholarship has become one of life's good habits!  The [Sr. Loretta] Committee knows how important even small contributions are to the scholarship and encourages wider giving so students continue to benefit in this outstanding educational program."

CSS Alumni, Monica Pappas, RHIA

LaTour Eichenwald Forum
Annual event on HIM Leadership and Innovation
When making a donation, please select "Other" in the Designation drop box and type in "LaTour Eichenwald Forum."

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Contact Us 
If you would like more information about our program or financial aid contact:

Ryan Sandefer
Chair, Health Informatics and Information Management Department
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