Each year, the Nominating Committee seeks recommendations for individuals deserving of being recognized within the categories of our recognition program. Nomination is a way to recognize excellence at every level within our association, and we welcome all eligible nominations.
For questions or to submit a nomination, contact the MNHIMA Past President, MNHIMA Executive Director or your Region’s President.
Nominations are accepted during the Winter and awarded at the Annual Meeting in the Spring.
The Distinguished Member award honors those whose dedication to the profession has been demonstrated through exemplary work, service, achievement or lasting contribution to the HIM profession in a tangible way.
Eligibility: Nominees must have been an active member of MNHIMA for five (5) years or longer, and be members at the time of nomination. The nominee must have an outstanding contribution to our profession in one (1) or more of the following areas: volunteer service to our organization, outstanding achievement in professional practice, dedication to education, contributions in research or published materials.
2023 Distinguished Member Recipient
— Michelle Dick, RHIA —
Distinguished Member Recipients
|1989||Sr. Anna Hillenbrand|
|1991||Legal Manual Authors (Mary Lambert, Joanne Yohn, Sandie Helgeson, Sue Gentilli, Irene Meier, Anne Tollefson)|
LTC= Sr. Anna Hillenbrand
|2014||C. Jeanne Solberg|
|2022||Laura Blabac, MA, MS, RHIA, CHDA|
|2023||Michelle Dick, RHIA|
Mark Dietz Rising Star Professional
The Mark Dietz Rising Star Professional award recognizes professionals new to the field who demonstrates progressive leadership in and commitment to the future of the HIM profession.
Eligibility: Nominees must be an active member of MNHIMA and be employed in an HIM-related field or position. Nominees must have earned and maintained at least one AHIMA-approved credential, and have been employed for five (5) year or less from the date of credential award. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the future of the HIM profession through excellence in the workplace and/or participation in local, regional, state, or national-related HIM activities.
2023 Rising Star Award Recipient
— Elise Depew, RHIA, CCS-P —
Mark Dietz Rising Star Professional Recipients
|2021||Jera Van Damme|
|2022||Nicholas Buelow, RHIT|
|2023||Elise Depew, RHIA, CCS-P|
Shirley Eichenwald-Maki Outstanding Student
The Shirley Eichenwald-Maki Outstanding Student award recognizes students who are demonstrating excellence, leadership and commitment to the HIM profession and their future career.
Eligibility: Nominees must be a student member of MNHIMA, currently enrolled in and beyond the first 2 quarters or semesters in their CAHIIM-accredited program or AHIMA-approved coding program, at a grade point equivalent of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, and have demonstrated the qualities of leadership and commitment to the profession.
2023 Outstanding Student Award Recipient
— Cheryl Zimmerman —
Shirley Eichenwald-Maki Outstanding Student Recipients