Congratulations go to a couple of Health Information Technology (HIT) students who have received $1,000 scholarship awards from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Debbie Ingersol, in her second year of the program, received the AHIMA (Staff) Susan M. Hull Memorial Scholarship. The 45 year-old had already earned a couple of other coding credentials and enjoyed a variety of work experiences including managing a doctor’s office, working in the Claims Dept at a major insurance company, and in compliance at a large healthcare organization. She looks forward to moving into more administrative roles after completing her degree. The scholar student is being recruited by major universities and she is considering eventually going on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Susan Hull was a Professional Practice staff employee at AHIMA who succumbed to cancer; her area of expertise was coding, so the scholarship is given out to a deserving student who already possesses a coding credential. The scholarship is funded nearly exclusively through donations given by the AHIMA staff.
Snohomish resident, Charis Yates, received the Sanfra Key/Pat Gorman scholarship made available by Health Care Contract Resources, located in Roanoke, Virginia. Currently a certified professional coder for Dr. Sanford Wright, a neurosurgeon in Everett, Yates began her career in the healthcare field at Providence in Seattle in the 80’s as an admitting clerk – “back when they didn’t have computers…,” Yates recalled. She then spent a few years at home raising children before earning her Medical Assistant Certificate, which allowed her to work in hospitals performing blood withdrawals, injections and assisting doctors in many roles. She enjoys the ease of taking classes online now while still working full-time. Yates is in her first year of the program.
“I’m very proud of both of them. They represent SCC very well,” said Program Director, Donna Wilde, who went on to say that the students earned the scholarships not on grades only, but on their professional goals, commitment to the profession and their volunteer work.
Wilde encourages all students to apply for scholarship opportunities. “Another round of opportunities will come up in the spring and I hope our students will apply. They are excellent students who possess not only the necessary knowledge and skills, but the desire to excel.”
AHIMA memorializes these two former employees of HCR Companies, who passed away while at HCR. The scholarships are intended only for HIT students, with a preference to those who are second career students. Both Ingersol and Yates are completing their two-year Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degrees.
The Health Information Technician manages the collection, analysis and use of patient clinical information that guides the health care industry. Graduates may seek positions as employees or consultants in a wide variety of settings, including physician offices and other outpatient clinics, long-term care, home health agencies, hospices, acute care hospitals, mental health clinics, chemical dependency care agencies, prison health care programs, governmental agencies, vendors, insurance companies and other health related businesses.
Shoreline’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).