WVHIMA’s Distinguished Member for 2017

Each year, one WVHIMA member is recognized as a Distinguished Member for their outstanding contribution to the profession. This person has made an exceptional impact through volunteerism to WVHIMA, AHIMA, and other health information management organizations; they have made an outstanding achievement in professional practice, through leadership in education, and also made contributions in research or published materials. This prestigious award can be presented only once in a member’s lifetime.

Debbie Parenti, RHIT, left, receiving the 2017 WVHIMA Distinguished Member Award from Debbie Lupton, Distinguished Member Committee Chairperson.

The 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Member award is Debbie Parenti.  Debbie is an RHIT and has been an active member with AHIMA and WVHIMA for the past 17 years.  Debbie has been very passionate about all aspects of HIM over her 36 year tenure and has served in various positions within the HIM Department.  She is currently serving as HIM Director at Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Debbie has been very active with WVHIMA.  She has served as Vendor Committee Co-Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Second Year Past President, First Year Past President, President, Third Year Director, President Elect, Marketing Co-Chair, Annual Convention Chair, Second Year Director, Treasurer, First Year Director, Vendor Committee Co-Chair, Membership Committee Chair, and Distinguished Member Chair.

Debbie has two grown daughters, Shelly and Lindsay and has a grandson Dylan.  Debbie and her husband, Kevin, reside in Morgantown, West Virginia, where they were born and raised.

Debbie has been a great mentor and an asset to WVHIMA and the HIM profession.  Congratulations Debbie, it is the association’s honor to name you as the 2017 Distinguished Member.


Award Application

Every year, WVHIMA recognizes one member for outstanding service within the organization. This award is known as the WVHIMA Distinguished member award.   Nominations are accepted throughout the year until approximately February 5th.

The nominations are tallied by a points system and the person nominated that receives the most points becomes the WVHIMA Distinguished Member for the year. A person may only receive the distinguished member award once in their lifetime. View our list of distinguished members.

To be eligible for nomination the candidates must have made an outstanding contribution to the WVHIMA profession in more than one of the following areas.

  1. Service to WVHIMA Members
  2. Outstanding achievement in professional practice
  3. Contributions in research or published materials.
  4. Leadership in education

Candidates for WVHIMA distinguished member must have been an active member of WVHIMA for eight years or longer.

Only one nomination per member per year is accepted.

Click here to complete the online application.