President's Message - November 2013
For many of us this is a special time of
the year. We pack our bags and head to a new city for
the annual AHIMA convention. This year it’s Atlanta, Ga.
for the 85th Annual AHIMA Convention. Your State
Delegates will attend a Leadership Conference all day
Sunday. It is always stimulating. There are expert
speakers to help us learn ways to better lead our state
organizations. We work on teams with others to identify
what our organization needs to do to succeed, what best
practices other states have found to be effective, to
gather ideas and energy to motivate us and to keep us
moving forward in an ever changing environment.
Over these past years I’ve made many new contacts at
convention that are now friends. I look forward to
seeing them again, finding out where they are working
and what they are doing. One year I met a young woman
from one of the Arab countries – only in her 20’s and
not long out of her studies, she had become one of the
first HIM professionals in her country. Another one of
the friends I’ve made is from the Deep South with a
drawl so thick you’d think he never lived anywhere else!
Surprise, he grew and still has relatives in Glen
Burnie, Md. I tease him and call him my cousin ‘cause
that’s where I’ve lived for most of my adult life (and
No, I don’t have a southern drawl!).
I continue to tell everyone coming into our field,
network, network, network. Each convention creates a
wonderful environment to learn, grow, and make new
friends. We’ll do a special report when we return from
Atlanta to keep you up to date on AHIMA goals and plans
for the coming year.
One of the areas that AHIMA
has been working on is Advocacy – they are not only
promoting our expertise and profession but also helping
us to find ways at the state level. I’d like to extend a
personal thanks to Marsha Marcus who took the initiative
to advocate for our profession. Marsha has worked in
Long Term Care for as long as I have known her. A
certified HIM professional’s oversight of long term care
facilities health records has always been required by
the state. Marsha found out there was the possibility
that requirement would be removed. She took the
initiative to contact Don Asmonga who is over AHIMA’s
Advocacy Program and ask for AHIMA’s support to show why
it is so important to keep qualified HIM professionals
in this role. Thank you Marsha for being our advocate.
I will close with the note that AHIMA is proud to
announce the first annual Member Appreciation Week,
November 11–15! See the article about the activities and
free seminars available to you during this time.
Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA 2013-2014