CNN Monthly e-Alert

A Message from the CPHIMA President
Laura Rizzo, MHA, RHIA

I can hardly believe that the holiday season is upon us.  When I was decorating our house, I had the distinct feeling that I had just done it a short time ago.  Our annual meeting at the Hotel Hershey is this week already!   Again, it feels like yesterday that we were there.

This e-Alert is a dedicated to sharing with you the fun experience that was had by our members that participated in the Gold Career Days at Ephrata Middle School on November 16 and Penn Manor High School on December 1.  Thank you to Charlotte Walton-Sweeney, Lauren Houseal, Mark Inge, Adele King and Amber Mayberry-DiMaria for taking the time to attend the events to talk to young people about the HIM profession.  If you currently have or have raised children, you know that middle-school agers are in a unique stage of life.  There are so many sizes, shapes, and levels of maturity for that age group!  It was a little bit of a game to see who would come to our table.  Some of the “kids” came to our table to check out the candy basket, but there were others that seemed genuinely interested in learning about what the HIM profession has to offer. You know how challenging it can be to explain our profession to adults, imagine explaining it to adolescents!  We tried to appeal to their potential interest in healthcare, but not “blood and guts” and also to their interest in technology, touting the importance and need for HIM professionals as electronic health records continues to emerge.  We provided an informational brochure from AHIMA that is geared for young people and includes a website where there is great information on how to pursue an HIM career   Please take the time to check it out and to share it with anyone that you think might be interested.  This is an exciting time to be an HIM professional!

Best wishes to all of you for a very happy and healthy holiday season.  Thank you for the privilege of serving you as CPHIMA President.  

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Upcoming Events

CPHIMA Holiday Education Session
Friday, December 17, 2010
Hershey Hotel
Hershey, PA

CPHIMA Meeting
March 18, 2011
Select Medical
Mechanicsburg PA

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June 17, 2011
Location TBD

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