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Integrity Awards

Congratulations, 2016 Integrity Award Winners:

  • Rising Star Award—Sarah Olson, Everett Community College
  • Educator of the Year Award—Betsy Stam
  • Membership Impact Award—AHDI-West
  • Employer of the Year Award—Mayo Clinic
  • Innovation Through Technology Award—Spectrum Health and Tyrrell Software, LLC
  • Advocate of the Year Award—Betsy Ertel, AHDI-F
  • Member of the Year Award—Barbara Naill, CHTS-IS, CHTS-TS, CPEHR, CHDS, AHDI-F
  • Distinguished Service Award—Gary David, PhD
  • Lifetime Achievement Award—Kim Buchanan, CHDS, AHDI-F

Press Release

AHDI Announces 2016 Integrity Award Winners


In support of AHDI’s professional programs, standards, and best practices, the Association conducts an annual awards program to acknowledge the significant contributions of its members, other individuals, and organizations that have made an impact on the healthcare documentation sector over the previous year. The Association is proud to promote and honor those who have supported the professional practice standards and goals that AHDI has developed for advancing the profession and positioning this sector for continued relevance in the future of healthcare delivery.

 

Below is the list of awards that address the areas of contribution that best align with AHDI’s strategic plan, goals, and objectives as an organization. In any given year, one or no award may be given based on scope and content of nominations submitted. Most require nomination by an AHDI member and many require that the nominee also be a member. Please read the policy statements for each category carefully if you wish to nominate yourself or another individual or organization.

 

Nominations are submitted to the AHDI Awards Committee. Awards Committee members will review all nominations and has the authority to remove nominees from final nominees list if an award criteria is not met. All nominees will be notified once the final ballot is decided. Voting will be completed by all AHDI voting members (professional, sustaining, post graduate, student) via electronic survey. AHDI staff will collect voting results and the winners will be announced at the annual Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference.

 

Award winners in attendance at conference will receive awards on site; those winners not in attendance will be notified by phone and will receive their awards via mail after the annual conference.

 

For more information about the AHDI Integrity Awards program, nomination process, voting, or notification, contact AHDI Member Relations at ahdi@ahdionline.org.


Hall of Fame Member of the Year Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an individual for outstanding contribution to AHDI through relevant service and activities that have advanced the mission, goals, and objectives of the Association. Unique, high-impact activities or contributions during the calendar year preceding nomination, such as a successful project or year of successful efforts, will be strongly preferred. Ongoing long-term efforts on behalf of the profession will also be considered in making the selection. It should be noted that this highest award of the Association is not designed to award a single contribution or to be used as retirement recognition. The person's sustained activities and efforts are essential for consideration. The winner will be selected from AHDI’s annual Hall of Fame winners – candidates submitted by AHDI’s component associations, representing local and state/regional association Member of the Year winners.

 

Information about the Hall of Fame for AHDI components


Employer of the Year Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize a Corporate member or Individual Professional member that employs healthcare documentation specialists (medical transcriptionists, healthcare documentation specialists, medical editors, speech recognition editors, and quality assurance specialists), for outstanding commitment to the professional development of our workforce and support of AHDI professional practice, credentialing, and continuing education goals.


Educator of the Year Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an Individual Professional member who has demonstrated excellence in the area of medical transcription/healthcare documentation education, either as an educational program instructor/coordinator, as a contributor to AHDI educational programs/initiatives, or as a trainer/instructor of online or on-site continuing education programs for AHDI members and/or the industry. These activities can be from either sustained, long-term contributions as an educator or through a single unique, high-impact contribution made to industry education during the calendar year prior to nomination.


Rising Star Award (currently not accepting nominations)

In honor of educator Marilyn Craddock, this award serves to recognize an outstanding industry student for a contemplative and informed response to the Association’s annual essay contest. Each year, staff and leadership will determine an essay topic which is relevant and timely to the state of the industry. Students actively enrolled in a healthcare documentation (or related field) program will have an opportunity to submit an essay for consideration by the awards committee. Judging is based on clarity of content, organization, creativity, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. There will be no more than one winner.


Excellence in Credentialing Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize a credentialed professional who has demonstrated a unique and measurable contribution to the industry through promotion of professional credentialing through either sustained, long-term support or through a unique, high-impact contribution made to the credentialing program/process during the calendar year prior to nomination.


Membership Impact Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an AHDI component organization that has engaged in unique initiatives and activities deemed to have had a measurable impact on component growth, retention, and/or professional development of its members. Such activities might include creative or innovative leadership in membership engagement and participation, program and event planning that creates dynamic member experiences, or any other activities that translated into measurable growth for the component over the 2-year period prior to nomination.


Innovation Through Technology Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an individual or corporation for outstanding technology knowledge and/or innovation related to the profession of medical transcription/healthcare documentation. Unique, high-impact activities or contributions during the calendar year preceding nomination, such as a successful project or year of successful efforts, will be strongly preferred. Ongoing long-term efforts on behalf of the profession will also be considered in making the selection.


Advocate of the Year Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an individual for outstanding advocacy activities related to advancement of the healthcare documentation profession. Unique, high-impact activities or contributions during the calendar year preceding nomination, such as a successful project or year of successful efforts, is strongly preferred. Ongoing long-term efforts on behalf of the profession will also be considered in making the selection.


Distinguished Service Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an individual or organization that has demonstrated consistent support of the Association, its goals and objectives, and the profession through services rendered to the industry, sponsorship of AHDI events and projects, and/or contribution of content expertise and leadership in key AHDI initiatives.

 

The nominee must demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • A history of providing supportive services to the industry that has had a measurable impact on the profession and is in alignment with the Association’s goals and objectives.
  • A history of providing support for the Association through event sponsorship(s) and/or project sponsorship(s) at the national, state/regional, and/or local levels.
  • Contribution of content expertise and leadership in key AHDI initiatives.

This award is given at the discretion of the AHDI National Leadership Board and may be given to nonmembers, past members, or present members of AHDI. Candidates may be recommended by AHDI members through an AHDI Board member for nomination. Current Board members are not eligible. For any given year, one or no award may be given.


Lifetime Achievement Award (currently not accepting nominations)

This award serves to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the Association and industry over the course of his/her professional career and has left a resonating footprint on the Association and its members. This highest honor bestowed by AHDI will be awarded by the AHDI National Leadership Board.

 

The nominee must:

 

Demonstrate a long-term, measurable impact on the Association and industry through contributory leadership and consistent service. Have a history of supporting the Association’s mission, goals, and objectives through membership, professional practice, and/or industry contribution.

 

This award is given at the discretion of the AHDI National Leadership Board and may be given to nonmembers, past members, or present members of AHDI. Candidates may be recommended by AHDI membership through an AHDI Board member for nomination. Current Board members are not eligible. For any given year, one or no award may be given.

 


 

Past AHDI Integrity Award Winners

2015
  • Brenda Wynn, CMT, AHDI-F, Advocate of the Year
  • Susan Whatley, CHDS, AHDI-F, Educator of the Year
  • Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Employer of the Year
  • M*Modal, Innovation Through Technology
  • Stephanie Kinney, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F, Member of the Year
  • AHDI-West, Membership Impact Award
  • Piyush Sharma, Rising Star Award
  • Nick Mahurin, Distinguished Service Award
  • Bonnie Monico, CHDS, AHDI-F, Lifetime Achievement Award
2014
  • Linda Allard, CHPS, Advocate of the Year
  • Audrey Kirchner, CHDS, Educator of the Year
  • Amphion Medical Solutions, LLC, Employer of the Year
  • Audrey Kirchner, CHDS, Excellence in Credentialing
  • Judy Lichtenberger, RHIT, CMT, AHDI-F, Member of the Year
  • AHDI-West, Membership Impact Award
  • Linda Curia, Rising Star Award
  • Sherry Doggett, Distinguished Service Award
  • Lea Sims, CMT, AHDI-F, Lifetime Achievement Award
2013
  • Diane M. Gilmore, CMT, AHDI-F, Educator of the Year
  • Shumaker Transcription Service, Employer of the Year
  • Tracey Walter, RMT, Excellence in Credentialing
  • New England Medical Transcription, Innovation Through Technology
  • Mid-Michigan Chapter, Membership Impact Award
  • Katrina Watkins, Rising Star Award
  • Kathryn Martin, AHDI-F, Distinguished Service Award
  • Susan M. Pierce, CMT, AHDI-F, Awarded Posthumously, Lifetime Achievement Award
2012
  • Brenda Hurley, CMT, AHDI-F, Advocate of the Year
  • Susan Dooley, CMT, AHDI-F, Educator of the Year
  • New England Medical Transcription, Employer of the Year
  • Maggie Thebeault, CMT, AHDI-F, Excellence in Credentialing
  • Peggy Allwardt, CMT, AHDI-F, Innovation Through Technology
  • Patty Barrett, CMT, AHDI-F, Member of the Year
  • AHDI-West Regional, Membership Impact Award
  • Kathy Kirch, Rising Star Award
  • Betsy Ertel, AHDI-F, Distinguished Service Award
  • Betty Honkonen, CMT, AHDI-F, Lifetime Achievement Award
2011
  • Sheryl Williams, CMT,AHDI-F, Advocate of the Year
  • Patricia Stettler, CMT, AHDI-F, Educator of the Year
  • Spectrum Health, Employer of the Year
  • Carrie McComb, CMT, AHDI-F, Excellence in Credentialing
  • Christine Tyrrell, Innovation Through Technology
  • Kathy Muelker, CMT, Member of the Year
  • Capital Chapter, Austin, TX, Membership Impact Award
  • Susan Rovito, Rising Star Award
  • Health Professions Institute, Distinguished Service Award
  • Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F, Lifetime Achievement Award
2010
  • Kim Buchanan, CMT, AHDI-F, Educator of the Year
  • Webmedx, Employer of the Year
  • Cora Clement, CMT, Excellence in Credentialing
  • Sarah Steffes and Melissa Longfellow, Innovation Through Technology
  • Kathy Dominguez, CMT, AHDI-F, Member of the Year
  • Capital Chapter, Austin, TX, Membership Impact Award
  • Amanda Taylor, M-TEC, Rising Star Award
  • Medquist, Distinguished Service Award
  • Richard Lederer, Lifetime Achievement Award
2009
  • Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F, Advocate of the Year
  • Amphion Medical Solutions, Employer of the Year
  • Tammy Moore, CMT, AHDI-F, Excellence in Credentialing
  • Scott Faulkner, Innovation Through Technology
  • Dianna Hall, CMT, AHDI-F, Member of the Year
  • Pennsylvania AHDI, Membership Impact Award
  • Kim Boyce, Rising Star Award
  • Scott Edelstein, JD, Distinguished Service Award
  • Bob Harvey, Lifetime Achievement Award
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