This year will be remembered for the powerful forces of nature that threatened and destroyed
communities across the county, bringing hardship and suffering to the lives lived within them.
Anyone who knows someone—and everyone who is someone—suffering in the aftermath
understands the profound loss and struggle to rebuild. Yet, our individual suffering—as health
information managers working to rebuild our personal lives—does not absolve our unbroken
obligation to recover and secure as much patient information as possible.
That is why the AHIMA Foundation is initiating the Health
Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund, an ongoing
recovery source to assist HIM professionals whose lives and
communities have been shattered by natural or man-made
catastrophes. Through the generosity of AHIMA members and
HIM’s greater professional community, and started off with a
$10,000 donation by AHIMA, the HIRO Fund (pronounced
“hero”) will provide material relief to those whose professional
practice has been shaken beyond the call of duty.
We are proud to extend this request for your assistance in helping those who are struggling
to piece together their lives while, in many cases, helping restore healthcare services for
neighborhoods that have been torn apart.
This is not the last year disasters will strike, but it will be the last year the health information
community is unprepared to immediately answer the call of entire communities of colleagues
in need. But we can only do so with your help and support. Please, be a real HIRO! Support the
AHIMA Foundation’s HIRO Fund today.
Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS
President, AHIMA Board of Directors
Lynn M. Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Chair, AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, CPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FACHE
AHIMA Interim CEO