September Message – Education Heroes

September is typically the time we think “Back to School”, even with many of the schools returning in mid-late August. Education is very important to WVHIMA and our membership, and we are proud to present several opportunities to further your education, and maintaining those CEUs for your credential. I am very excited! The Education Committee has already been hard at work preparing several offerings for your professional education, and I anticipate there being more opportunities via our website! More details to come.

The first of two Fall Retreats is scheduled for Friday, September 9 at Fairmont State College, Fairmont! Many of you have registered to attend, there will be great speakers, vendors, and lots of networking. There is onsite registration in the event you missed registering online.

The second Fall Retreat will be held Friday, October 7 WVU Auditorium, Charleston! Registration and the agenda is available on

I am very pleased to know that many of you are also “back in school” working towards your Certificates, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Credentials! I am very proud of each of you investing in the HIM Profession. I too have begun my journey to attain my Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership! I am very excited! No! I am not crazy!

I am inspired by many of the folks I consider to be our HIM HEROS!!! There are so many of you to mention! I hope you are just as enthusiastic.
I looked at the newly credentialed Professionals* on AHIMA website, and so far this year, the following new certifications have been achieved:

Registered Health Information Administrator – RHIA = 1
Registered Health Information Technician – RHIT = 5
Certified Healthcare Privacy and Security – CHPS = 1
Certified Coding Specialists – CCS = 4
Certified Coding Associate – CCA = 9

Congratulations to each of you for your accomplishments!!
*(names are not printed to protect individual privacy)

How are you contributing to your education? Are you enrolled in a program, certificate, credentialing exams? Let us hear your HERO story!

There are also many offerings online to promote your interest and involvement. The Convention Committee is also very busy securing speakers for the Annual Convention at Oglebay on April 19-21, 2017.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend as many offerings as you can! It is going to be a SUPER HERO Event!


Volunteer opportunities are still available at all of these venues, Grab your mask and cape, and use the website to contact us & join the networking!!

PS: I am still Running!!! Getting my step count ready for the OCTOBER Challenge. This picture of me is when I finished my “Summer Scamper” Virtual 8K this past Labor Day! If I can do it! You can do it! You are MY HERO!