The College of St. Scholastica - Health Information Management
Springtime again, and love is in the air! (The love of learning, that is...) Students are wrapping up their studies and preparing to spread their newfound knowledge as they join or advance in the profession. We're looking forward to seeing friends at MHIMA in April, celebrating graduation in May, and then hosting the Faculty Development Regional Meeting for Minnesota (through AHIMA) in June. It's a busy schedule, just the way we like it! Remember to look for us on social media and read our blogs in order to keep up with all of the happenings.



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Sandefer earns PhD
Department Chair/Assistant Professor Ryan Sandefer successfully defended his dissertation, "Predicting Personal Healthcare Management: Impact of Individual Characteristics on Patient Use of Health Information Technology", in February. Congrats, Dr. Sandefer! 
Boppre named Chair of CCHIIM 

Deb Boppre, MSM, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA was selected  by the AHIMA Commission of Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) to Chair the Commission for 2017.  Ms. Boppre is a 2007 graduate of the CSS HIIM program.  CCHIIM is dedicated to assuring the competency of professionals practicing HIIM. CCHIIM serves the public by establishing, implementing, and enforcing standards and procedures for certification and recertification of HIIM professionals.  Several goals of the Commission this year is to update the continuing education (CE) standards as well as operationalizing the Health Information Management-Reimagined (HIM-R) initiative.
Alumni Reception at MHIMA
We look forward to seeing many of you there! 
Lee Awarded St. Mary's Scholarship

David Lee, a Masters in Health Informatics student, has been awarded a 2017 St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary
Scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarships, students needed to be pursuing a career in health sciences. Students' demonstrated volunteer activities and financial need also were taken into consideration. Students applied for the scholarship through financial aid offices and a selection committee chose the winners. Congratulations, David! 
M.S. HI Program Updates 

We have exciting news to share! Students in our M.S. Health Informatics program are now eligible to sit for the Certified Professional in Health Informatics (CPHI) exam through AHIMA in their final semester of study. The program is currently in candidacy for accreditation by CAHIIM.

And, as an even better piece of news, we have already heard that a few students have passed the exam! Congratulations to Jennifer Robertson and Jennifer Shultz! Has anyone else taken the exam and passed? We'd love to know!
Faculty Development Regional Meeting
Are you an educator interested in content knowledge and instructional strategies? Join us June 1 & 2, 2017 on the CSS campus for the Faculty Development Regional Meeting! This in-person meeting, exclusively for educators (full-time, part-time, and adjunct) are intended to share content knowledge and instructional delivery strategies to assist programs in meeting the 2014 curriculum requirements, while providing a forum for professional networking. We're looking forward to a couple of great days! Additional information/registration here.
LaTour/Eichenwald Forum
We are very early in the planning stages for the 2017 LaTour/Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership & Innovation, but anticipate that it will be held during the fall semester, likely in October. Watch our social media for an announcement with more detail over the next month, and the webpage here will also be updated as more information is available. 
Thank you, Fall 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 Fall 2016 semester! Their time and efforts are greatly appreciated.  A list of mentors can be found here
Call for Employers Input
Have you hired a CSS grad in the last year?  If so, we'd love to hear from you! Please add your name and address to this document, and we will then send you a detailed survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated!
Call for PPE Mentors
We are fortunate to count many of you as current and past mentors for the PPE internship. If you have not hosted a student, and are interested in doing so in the future, please email our Program Manager, Eric Nordgren (  He will be able to assist with establishing an affiliation agreement, and coordinates all of our placements.  Thanks!
Suggestions Welcome!
We are always looking for guest bloggers, achievements to share, and news from alumni to keep our community informed.  If you have something to contribute, please email Eric Nordgren ( with your idea. We love sharing information and updates from our alumni and friends! 
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
Connect with Us! 
Consider liking, following, or joining us in the social media world!   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)!
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! To update your information with the department, please email our administrative assistant, Diana Wark, at We'd love to hear what's new with you!
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
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
Job Openings
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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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+ (218) 625-4931