Distinguished Member Award

About PHIMA-Distinguished Member Award

The Distinguished Member Award of the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association is an honor whereby one outstanding member of the Association is recognized for loyal services to the Association and contributes to the profession. It is the intent that this award be conferred at any point in a member’s career and not be limited to recognition at retirement. Nominees may be submitted on a regional basis or by any PHIMA member throughout the year.

Several documents need to be completed when nominating a candidate.

These documents include:

  1. Application
  2. At least one (1) letter of recommendation from the sponsoring individual or regional association.
  3. Two (2) additional references.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae for the Nominee.

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Current AHIMA member and designated Pennsylvania as your Component State Association (CSA)

If you have the privilege of knowing someone who meets these criteria, please take the time to nominate them for this “distinguished” honor.

For questions, please contact:

Michele Maier, MHMS, RHIA, CCS
PHIMA 2nd Year Director
Email: michele.maier@optum360.com

Click here to view past Distinguished Member recipients.

2022 PHIMA Distinguished Member

PHIMA is proud to honor Daniel K. Christopher, MBA, RHIA, as its Distinguished Member for 2022.

Dan is the Department Head for the Health Information Programs at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Records Administration from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dan has over 40 years of experience in the field of health information having served as a Director of Medical Records in three healthcare organizations before starting into the role of health information educator. Dan was the Program Director for the Health Information Technology program at the South Hills School of Business and Technology before accepting his current position at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Dan has also served as a health information consultant for several acute care and long-term care facilities in central Pennsylvania. In addition to his primary work responsibilities, Dan has been an active member of the American Health Information Management Association, the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association and the Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association). He is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association and previously served as President of Central Pennsylvania association as well as serving in various other roles in both organizations. Dan also served as a Delegate from the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association as a member of the American Health Information Management Association’s House of Delegates.

He is also active in his church and is currently serving as a part-time licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. He has been appointed to serve the Nittany Sugar Valley Charge of the State College District.