The College of St. Scholastica - Health Information Management
We're set to shut the doors on 2016, a year of change and success for the College of St. Scholastica.  In the past year we've welcomed a new Dean of the School of Health Sciences, a new CSS President, and the first graduates of our Masters in Health Informatics program. Students earned numerous scholarships and awards; faculty members published books and presented in many venues; a faculty emeritus named MHIMA distinguished member.  By any measure, 2016 exceeded expectations, and we have high hopes for 2017.  
As you come together with loved ones during this holiday season, know that we in the department are thankful for all of you, our extended family of friends and alumni. We cherish your ongoing support and engagement. 

Personally, I'm looking forward to time on the ice rink and sledding hill with my family during winter break. Hopefully you have equally exciting plans, or at least time for a bit of relaxation. Remember to drop us a line anytime to let us know how you're doing. Happy holidays!



HIIM Faculty and Staff

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Oachs/Watters Publish Concepts Textbook
Faculty members Pam Oachs and Dr. Amy Watters published " Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles, and Practice, Fifth Edition" as primary editors. This book will be a central piece of HIM education for years to come, and replaces the previous LaTour/Eichenwald-Maki text. 
Brinda Publishes CHPS Book
  Faculty Member Dr. Danika Brinda published a "Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) Exam Preparation" book this year, a wonderful tool for any professional looking to sit for this exam and credential. Way to go, Danika!
Palkie Publishes ICD-10 Book
  In December, faculty Member Dr. Brooke Palkie released the 2017 version of the book "ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding" with LouAnn Schraffenberger.  What a way to close the year! 
LaTour-Eichenwald Forum a Success

In October, alumna/board of trustees member Beth  Haenke Just, CEO and president of Just Associates, Inc. gave an excellent keynote presentation, blending stories of her beginnings and time at CSS with reflections on leadership from her time in the industry. We couldn't have been happier to host Beth and provide a wonderful learning opportunity. A video of the presentation is available for viewing as well!  Click this link to view
Student earns  AHIMA Merit Scholarship
M.S. HIM student David Lee has been awarded a 2016 AHIMA Merit Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000. The Merit Scholarships are always highly competitive and have stringent requirements. Congratulations, David! 
MHIMA Scholarship Award Winners
In April, two CSS students, Mary Lehet and Rebekah Blaschko, received scholarship awards at the 2016 MHIMA conference in Rochester, MN.  It is always amazing to see our students earn honors and recognition!
New CSS President Inaugurated
Dr. Colette McCarrick Geary has been inaugurated as the 12 th president of CSS, having started her new position July 1st.  Department Chair  Ryan Sandefer and Student Representative Emily Jansen served on the presidential search committee and worked on the presidential transition team. Ryan spoke at the ceremony, offering a welcome on behalf of the faculty. HIM student/Student Senate President Stephanie Peters spoke from the student perspective. Thanks for your service, Emily, Ryan, and Stephanie! 
President Geary looks at home with HIIM Faculty and Students!
Zeman named MHIMA Distinguished Member 
Faculty Emeritus Vicki Zeman received the Distinguished Member Award at the 2016 MHIMA Convention.  Both Katie Kerr and Shirley Eichenwald-Maki reflected on her achievements and Vicki received a standing ovation. She surely deserved this recognition, and we hear she is making the most of her retirement!
Sr. Loretta Scholarship Winners
The following awardees have been chosen for the 2016-17 School Year.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

Undergraduate Traditional Sr. Loretta Scholarship - Emily Jansen
Undergraduate Online Sr. Loretta Scholarship - Ashley Knealing
Undergraduate Online Sue Watkins Scholarship - Cynthia Gould
Graduate Patricia J. Pierce Memorial Scholarship - Christine Daley
Larson Receives Sr. Alice Lamb Award
We would like to congratulate alumna Diane Larson on receiving the Sr. Alice Lamb award from The College of St. Scholastica in June. The award recognizes an alumni who is well established and has contributed significantly to their profession while maintaining a life-long commitment to the College. Diane recently retired from St. Luke's in Duluth after many years of service. She is pictured with faculty member Pam Oachs and 2016 grad Kara Warren (who recently started at St. Luke's!). Well done, Diane!

Shaw earns PHD
CSS alumna Pat Shaw, the current  Chair, HIM Program Director, and Associate Professor, Health Administrative Services at Weber State University earned her Doctorate  of Education, Education Technology and E-Learning, 2016 from Northcentral University, defending her dissertation, " The Relationship between Education Delivery Format and Program Outcomes  Summary:  Assessment of educational outcomes is a vital component of delivering successful higher education" in September 2016. 

From Pat: This assessment provides information to students, parents, employers, government policy-makers, and other interested parties about the effectiveness of the institution or program. As degree programs transition to offering coursework online, there may be a period of time when students cannot take all courses in one delivery format or the other (i.e., all online or all on-campus). How this mixed course delivery format affects program outcomes is unknown. This quantitative correlational study examined the full-degree program outcomes of graduates from online and on-campus educational delivery in an associate-degree health information management (HIM) program using the following measures: a) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination scores, b) program graduates' perception of competency, and c) employer's perception of graduates' competency.Time from graduation was significantly correlated to the HIM course delivery format rate (H-DFR), and time to employment was significant for the required course delivery format rate (RC-DFR). It was found that the delivery format rates were not a good predictor of program outcomes for this associate-degree HIM program. This study was limited by its small sample but may serve as a pilot for further research to continue the investigation of how educational delivery format affects program outcomes. A larger sample may yield different results and can continue to expand our knowledge about online education delivery. 

Wow! Congratulations! 
Ziemba earns Educator Award
In June, adjunct professor Wanda Teresa Ziemba was given the Educator Award by the California Health Information Association, in recognition of her excellence in training new HIM professionals. Excellent work, Wanda!
Student Presents at Faculty/Staff Institute
In September, Health Informatics student Godwin Okafor was on campus to present at the annual CSS Faculty/Staff Institute.  Godwin spoke on his background, experience at CSS, and plans for the future. It was a wonderful opportunity to look into the life of one of our online students. He's pictured with advisor Laura Munson, HI Program Director David Marc, and Department Chair Ryan Sandefer. Thanks, Godwin!
Student awarded AHIMA Merit Scholarship
M.S. HIM student David Lee has been awarded a 2016 AHIMA Merit Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000. The Merit Scholarships are always highly competitive and have stringent requirements. Congratulations, David! 
Marc elected to AHIMA CEE
During the 2016 AHIMA elections, David Marc was elected to serve with the Members on the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE). Congrats!
CSS Faculty/Alum Publications
Faculty members Ryan Sandefer and Dr. David Marc, along with alums Beth Just and Megan Munns published an article examining common patient identifier matching discrepancies, "Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge: Research on Master Patient Index (MPI) Data Discrepancies in Key Identifying Fields" in AHIMA's online journal,
Perspectives in Health Information Management

Dr. Amy Watters article "Advance Your Education, Ensure Your Success" appeared in the November/December Issue of the California Health Information Association (CHIA) Journal. 

Dr. Danika Brinda wrote an article for the Yelp Blog titled "An Expert's Guide To Patient Privacy And Online Reviews", published online on December 1st. Check it out here

Dr. Amy Watters, Ryan Sandefer, and CSS Masters of Education Program Director Amy Bergstrom published "Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use: Assessing the Impact of the EHR Incentive Program on Cultural Competence in Healthcare" in the Fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Cultural Diversity. 
Thank you, Spring 2016 PPE Mentors!

We would like to extend a hearty thank you to the mentors who worked with our students doing the Professional Practice Experience during the Spring 2016 semester! Their time and efforts are greatly appreciated.  The list of mentors can be found here
Connect with Us! 
Students, alumni, and faculty/staff of this department have always been exceptionally involved in various activities.  We aim to engage our community even further by highlighting events and telling our story through these social media platforms. We ask that you consider liking, following, or joining us on this new adventure.  Find us on our Facebook page: College of St. Scholastica Health In formatics and Information Management, Twitter Account: @CSSHIIM, and our group on LinkedIn: College of St. Scholastica Health Informatics and Information Management (or click the icons at the top and bottom of this newsletter)!
Congratulations to Student Representatives 
2016-2017 Class Representatives to the Faculty/Student Committee are as follows:

Senior:             Allie Raich and Gladys Reyes  
Junior:            Jimmy Kripotos and Alison Hoeper
Sophomore:    Alli Weiss and Brianna Hautajarvi

SHIMA:           President:  Mikaela Vadnais
                       Vice President:   Amy Haney
                       Treasurer:   Ben Thell
                       Secretary:   Brittany Szybczynski
Giving to Sr. Loretta Scholarship Fund
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.  
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 
Alumni Reminder
If you're a CSS alum, stop by the alumni page at to update contact details if you move.  There's also great information on reunions/events/goings-on with the Alumni Association!
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 recent posts, click here.
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Upcoming Events
February 19-23
Orlando, FL 

MHIMA Conference
April 26-28
Prior Lake, MN

With the economic financial challenges 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."

Give Now

"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
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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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