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Call for Volunteers

Amanda Cooper, SCHIMA President-Elect, is seeking nominations for appointed SCHIMA Board positions. Please nominate yourself or another member for a position. SCHIMA is specifically looking for volunteers to serve in the following appointed positions from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021:

  • Coding Roundtable Coordinator or Committee Member
  • Communications Coordinator or Committee Member
  • Education/Program Chair
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Student Liaison
  • Student Outreach and Scholarship Chair
  • Upstate/Midlands/Coastal Region Coordinators

Please visit our website to submit your online application by May 8, 2020 (today).

You may email the central office at if you have questions or would like more information regarding requirements and time commitments for these positions. All appointees must be active members of SCHIMA/AHIMA.

Spring 2020 SCHIMA Midlands/Upstate Region Webinar Series Update

The Spring 2020 SCHIMA Midlands/Upstate Region Webinar Series held on April 23rd and 24th was a success with approximately 40 of our 50 registrants joining the live webinars. The webinar series was a combined virtual event to replace the cancelled Upstate March and Midlands April regional meetings due to COVID-19.Congratulations to Doris Sorton and Donald Calef who won the $25 registration discount drawings for the 2020 SCHIMA Annual Meeting. Also, congratulations to our three $25 gift card winners compliments of Alliance HIM:  Peggy Lanford, Kathleen Kirk and Schimanya Sullivan.

HIM Awareness

Did you know AHIMA has HIM Awareness information and flyers available for the industry and consumers?  Check it out here. See the resources tab for the following flyers:

  • For Employers: Invest in People Power – Hire HIM Professionals
  • For Students: Exciting Futures Belong to HIM Students
  • For Career Seekers: HIM Careers: Seeking an Exciting New Path?
  • For Professionals: Learning to Grow: How HIM Professionals Thrive
  • For Returning Students: HIM: A Career for Life

While HIP Week has been postponed due to COVID 19, it has not been cancelled and our need for advocacy and awareness continues.  Please feel free to utilize the PowerPoint provided on our web-site to help us educate our communities on the value of hiring credentialed HIM professionals. Don’t forget to check out our "member highlights” below.

Congratulations to OHIMA! The Ohio CSA won the 2019 AHIMA Advocacy Award!  Check out the well-produced video they are graciously sharing that helps explain our role in healthcare. 

“One of the many challenges of our profession is explaining what exactly HIM professionals do. Watch the short animated video below showcasing the diverse job settings, skills and functions that make up the HIM profession. The video can be used to aid potential students, Human Resource departments and the general public in understanding and promoting the HIM profession. Please share this video with your employer, HR and colleagues!”

COVID-19: News & Resources

AHIMA HI Pitch Podcast

Did you miss the free AHIMA HI Pitch on Privacy and Security implications for COVID-19? If so, it’s a “must listen” for HIM professionals. Listen here. MRO experts are also publishing white papers to help us navigate these challenging times. If you’ve not, be sure to catch all the HI Pitch COVID-19 series. 

AHIMA Resources

Visit AHIMA’s website for all of the latest COVID-19 resources.

South Carolina COVID-19 Data and Resources


SC Department of Mental Health

While our state transitions to a reopening phase, many of our HIM family are facing unprecedented work-related and personal challenges, including the loss of friends and family. These stressors can affect both our mental health and physical health. South Carolinians are a resilient people, but don’t let “stigma” keep you from reaching out for help if needed. The SCDMH has put together an impressive number of free resources. Visit the SCDMH’s ’s website for all of the latest COVID resources.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Did you know SC has a dedicated website with daily updated COVID-19 state specific information including Cases by County & ZIP Code, Testing Data & Projections, Demographic Data by Case, Hospital Bed Capacity, Positive Cases Indicated by Heat Map, and a variety of other community resources?

Visit DHEC ’s website for all of the latest COVID-19 resources. This hyperlink takes you to the dashboard.  Please navigate around the site to see the impressive work our state is doing, partially with data supplied by HIM professionals across SC.

Available Webinars

Sponsored by nthrive

Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 1 pm ET as we present a compelling, complimentary webinar on “COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates the U.S. Transition to Value-Based Care”.

Sponsored by intellis

Check out COVID 19: Inpatient Coding & CDI on May 14, 2020 12:00 PM EDT. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Check out COVID 19: Outpatient Coding & CDI on May 14, 2020 1:30 PM EDT. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Sponsored by himagine solutions

Check out this webinar by himagine solutions! 

Once you filled out this form, you will be added to our webinar distribution list. And here is a link to our past webinars.

Once you finish listening to the recorded webinar, please submit a ticket to request your CEU.

2020 SCHIMA Award Nominations

Annually, SCHIMA recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of members in the following 3 areas:
  • Champion
  • Distinguished Member
  • Distinguished Service
Take this opportunity to honor those in our field that have influenced your career and made contributions to the improvement of our state association and the career of Health Information Management.

Nominations will be accepted until June 1, 2020, from the SCHIMA membership and will then be voted on by SCHIMA BOD.
Award Nomination Form

SCHIMA Member Highlights and Social Media Campaign

We are continuing to highlight our members to recognize our diverse roles and responsibilities and to reinforce our #Stronger Together theme. This initiative will continue through June of 2020! Follow the SCHIMA Member Highlights icon below. Please also remember to take a moment in your spare time to “like us” on FaceBook and join the South Carolina Engage Community on AHIMA’s website. 

Let’s continue to grow our online communities and strengthen our association to pave the way for the future of HIM in our great state. Let’s get to know one another. We need your support and are actively soliciting your input!  Please feel free to volunteer a brief bio of your HIM story by contacting our Communications Chair via the SCHIMA contact page. Thanks to Linda Grimes for volunteering her personal story this week.
SCHIMA Member Highlights

2020 SCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit

Currently, SCHIMA has no plans to cancel our annual meeting in July. We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and all advisories from state and national authorities and will comply. If we do need to cancel or adjust the date of our meeting, we will provide regular updates over the coming months. Please note our current cancellation policy. We will consider virtual options if necessary.

Please join us for the 2020 SCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit on July 19, 2020 - July 21, 2020, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center. Our theme is "Stronger Together", and you do not want to miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and relax at this beautiful resort venue. Please follow the link below to learn about our very reasonable registration and hotel rates and the opportunity to earn up to 12 CEUs.

Learn More & Register

SCHIMA Job Board

Do you have open positions? Consider posting your job openings on the SCHIMA Job Board.

Cost is $75 for a 90-day posting.
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