Each year NCHIMA accepts nominations from members to recognize others for making contributions to the association. Nominations of deserving members are accepted by the Chairperson of the Awards Committee.

Winners are announced at the NCHIMA Annual Meeting each year.

2020 NCHIMA Award Winners

Prism Award

Prism Award

Alina Hughes, MHA, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

Distinguished Member Award

Distinguished Member Award

Sharon Easterling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, FAHIMA

Special Regional Member Recognition Award

Special Regional Member Recognition Award

Colleen McComas, MHA, RHIT

Spotlight Award

Spotlight Award

Natalie M. Raper, MHS

Award Descriptions

Distinguished Member Award

Established in 1984 by the NCHIMA Executive Board to recognize and honor outstanding members of the association who exemplify the professional image of the association and who have made significant contributions to the health information management profession. Forms for nominations are printed in FOOTPRINTS for use by the general membership. Nominees for this award are evaluated by the Executive Board in the following areas:

  • Active membership in NCHIMA for five years or more.
  • Active leadership in regional, state and or national or international health information management associations.
  • Significant contribution to the development of health information management professionals.
  • Significant contribution to medical record practice in areas such as administration, information management, performance improvement, etc.

Spotlight Award

Established in 1997 to recognize any member that has made a significant contribution to the Association for which the Board deems the necessity to recognize prior to the Annual Meeting.

Special Regional Member Recognition Award

Established in 1994 to recognize and honor outstanding members of NCHIMA who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism at the regional level upon which the association is dependent.

Marybeth Hurst Award

Established in 1994 to recognize members of NCHIMA who have made a significant contribution to the profession by having a positive effect on others through dependable and consistent performance and whose contributions may be overshadowed because of personal humility and/or modesty.

PRISM (Volunteer of the Year) Award

Established in 1994 to recognize and honor outstanding members of NCHIMA who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism upon which the association is dependent.

Honorary Member Award

To recognize and honor outstanding professionals who have made significant contributions to the NCHIMA but are not members of NCHIMA. This award is not necessarily given annually.

Foster Award

To honor a Health Information Management professional that demonstrates knowledgeable, effective, and proactive interaction with other North Carolina state associations for the purpose of building and growing the CSA’s advocacy operations and effectiveness within North Carolina.

Region/Section Education Award

Established in 1994 and re-evaluated in 2011 to recognize and honor the region/section that provided the most CEU opportunities between April 1st and March 31st.

AHIMA Triumph Winners

Since its inception in 1994, the AHIMA Triumph Awards have honored those professionals responsible for advancing the field of health information management (HIM). Each year, AHIMA members nominate those that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, volunteerism and talent. As part of a long and cherished tradition, the Triumph Awards continue to be the highest recognition of excellence, dedication and service, and are presented annually at the AHIMA Convention & Exhibit.

NCHIMA is very proud to honor our state AHIMA Triumph Award winners!

Please click here to read about our 2010 Pioneer Award Winner, Kay Gooding, MPH, MAEd, RHIA.

Please click here to read about our 2011 Pioneer Award Winner, William “Lee” Ford, MHA, RHIT, CPC, CPC-H, CHC.

2019 Educator Award: Marquetta Massey, MBA, RHIA

2020 Educator Award: Susie T. Harris, PhD, MBA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA

2017 Innovation Award Winner

Please click here to read about our 2017 Innovation Award Winner, Sarah Shaver Laird, RHIA, CCS.