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.

Deadline: February 28

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

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

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:

Meloney Mantsch, MS, RHIA
PHIMA 2nd Year Director

2024 PHIMA Distinguished Member

PHIMA is proud to honor Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA as its Distinguished Member for 2024.

Rebecca returned to a leadership role in a traditional Health Information Management (HIM) setting after spending many years as an HIM educator. She has served as the Chief (Director) of Health Information Management Services for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 2014 where she leads a 50-person team that serves Veterans across the 3-state region of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Ms. Harmon began her career with a tour of duty in the United States Navy where she trained and served as a Hospital Corpsman and Medical Laboratory Technician stationed primarily at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in health information management from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon. Across her professional career, she has served in roles as a Business Analyst, Community College Dean, University faculty, program/project manager, and consultant.

Rebecca continues to enjoy opportunities to speak at national, state, and local HIM and other healthcare events. Recent recognition of her contributions to the profession includes being recognized nationally as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Health Information Management Professional of the Year (2018) and receiving the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from Carlow University (2021) for her work in the Health Care Data Analytics program.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys crocheting, knitting, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren. Congratulations Rebecca!