Dear FHIMA Members,
As your 2017-2018 FHIMA President, I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to build on the great foundation and all the accomplishments we have made over the past years and to boldly Step with you into New HIM Dimensions.
Our past accomplishments would not have been possible without the continued service of our valued members, leadership and sponsors. With that, I ask you to join me in thanking Linda Renn, my predecessor and immediate past President, Carolyn Glavan our Executive Director, and our many past presidents, directors and delegates, and committee chairs/members for their dedication to making our great Florida state association a success.
My theme this year is ‘Step Into New HIM Dimensions’.
I stepped into my HIM career coding in a basement in 2001 after graduating from Florida A&M University. The steps in my career have taken me to many dimensions including auditing, CDI, training and education, and running operations for large coding organizations in the US and offshore. After graduation, I immediately stepped into AHIMA membership and ultimately began volunteering with FHIMA in 2005 having served over the years as committee chair, board member, president elect and now President. FHIMA has been my lifeline to success in the HIM industry. I continue to appreciate FHIMA’s welcoming and engaging environment; wealth of resources for HIM education, professional development, networking and socializing; and commitment to the healthcare community.
I hope that you share these sentiments and are taking advantage of the many benefits and activities available that have supported you to Step into New HIM Dimensions. Some of these activities available to you include:
- Continuing Education opportunities – Coding Roundtable Virtual Education Series presented via WebEx webinar, Online Education for HIM and coding professionals and access to professional and knowledgeable speakers to share HIM information
- Access to various HIM Resources, Guides and Brochures on HIM information
- FHIMA Annual Convention and Workshops
My focus this year is to create opportunities to support and guide us to the many dimensions/changes that are occurring in our industry- truly supporting the ability to Step into NEW HIM Dimensions. Dimension is defined as the degree to which something extends and our profession is surely extending beyond what was known when it began.
My theme and platform this year, Step into NEW Dimensions means embarking on what is ahead and there are many opportunities and changes ahead of us in HIM. Transition and change can be difficult but the key to success is being aware, knowledgeable and prepared. We as professionals would have never guessed that the days of being a Medical Record Librarian would lead to the current days of EMR, ICD-10, CAC, CDI, and much more. HIM has truly evolved and to stay current we must continue to Step into the NEW Dimensions that are before us.
I am committed to ensuring that FHIMA provides us with the tools we need by preparing HIM students for HIM careers utilizing specific workshops and webinars; creating additional support for our HIM schools as they build future professionals; increasing awareness of HIM collectively in High Schools and across other avenues; creating additional training, education and resources for present professionals on leadership and other career paths; preparing our members for the changes that are forthcoming in the profession; promoting and recognizing HIM professionals across the state to share their experiences and knowledge.
I invite you to download our FHIMA app to learn more about FHIMA and how you can get more involved in the association either through attending events or serving on a committee or the Board of Directors. In addition, please feel free to contact me, a member of our Board of Directors, a Committee Chair or Carolyn Glavan with questions and feedback.
Thank you for your continued support. Join me as we Step into New HIM Dimensions and make this a great 2017-2018 for FHIMA!
Cortnie Simmons, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, PMP