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:
- At least one (1) letter of recommendation from the sponsoring individual or regional association.
- Two (2) additional references.
- 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:
Lauren Blough, RHIA
PHIMA 2nd Year Director
Click here to view past Distinguished Member recipients.
2020 PHIMA Distinguished Member
Lisa has worked in the HIM field for over 30 years beginning her career at Lancaster General Hospital where she worked in supervisory roles in the then Medical Records Department before moving into the Quality Improvement Department. She broadened her knowledge and experience in the behavioral healthcare setting as Director of HIM at Philhaven. While education was always an interest to Lisa, she was able to begin teaching classes for Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in 1993 and contributed to development of their HIT curriculum. Later, she returned to Lancaster General Health in a Health Data Analyst role before seizing an opportunity as Program Director for Medical Billing and Coding / Health Information Technology at YTI Career Institute. Lisa developed the HIT curriculum and launched the CAHIIM accredited program at YTI in 2014. She continues to serve as adjunct faculty at YTI and remains actively involved in mentoring and developing future HIM professionals.
Lisa states her roles in education as truly rewarding as she has had the pleasure of contributing to then seeing the growth and development of outstanding HIT professionals. As an educator, she has found the HIM community, as a whole, to be supportive and available to students, with many colleagues participating as guest speakers, adjunct instructors, and site supervisors for student internships.
Lisa has remained an active member of CPHIMA and PHIMA throughout her career, including serving in various volunteer positions at the local and state level. She served as CPHIMA President twice and chaired various committees, including the Membership and Arrangements committees. At the state level, Lisa has served on committees and more recently served as PHIMA Director, a role she embraced with enthusiasm. In these volunteer roles, she promoted and expanded scholarship opportunities as well as student involvement and leadership in both organizations. Outside of professional associations, Lisa never misses an opportunity to promote the HIM field to young people searching for a career.
Lisa is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Health Records Administration and a minor in Business Management.
We congratulate and thank Lisa for her commitment and contributions to the HIM profession through her volunteer service and through her role as educator.
Click here to watch a short video message from Lisa as she reflects on her career, volunteerism, and the HIM profession.