AHIMA is honored to present
the 2017 Distinguished Member Triumph Award to Angela
C. Kennedy, EdD, MBA, RHIA.
For almost 30 years, she has advanced the field of health information management (HIM) and
health informatics in Louisiana,
(HI) through her innovative teaching, research, scholarly activities, and volunteer service.
Kennedy’s HIM volunteer service began in Louisiana and
then nationally with AHIMA. She never hesitated to assume
her role as president/chair of the AHIMA Board of Directors six
months early when our association suffered the loss of then-current president Kathleen Frawley, JD, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA.
One of Kennedy’s fellow board members says she always had
time to talk with and support her board members, and made
them feel as if they were the only thing on her agenda for the
day. As she completed her role as AHIMA past-president/chair,
Kennedy was appointed as a member of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC’s) Health IT Standards
Committee and ONC Consumer Task Force. She also has testified before the United States Senate HELP Committee.
Kennedy is well known for partnering with her daughter,
Gracie, in the national campaign to “Raise Awareness for Personal Health Information.” They have shared their experiences
of inaccurate or missing data and its impact on Gracie’s medical care for her chronic health condition. The two of them have
urged their audiences to make a commitment to consumers to
provide health information when and where they need it. Kennedy continues to share the urgency and importance of health
information exchange and the need for information governance practices in healthcare.
Kennedy has accomplished so much and continues to advance
the HIM profession in her roles as HIM educator, volunteer
leader, and mentor. She personifies the attributes of leadership
and contributions to the profession that AHIMA’s Distinguished
Member Triumph Award recognizes. AHIMA congratulations
Kennedy for the honor, grace, and outstanding leadership she
brings to the association and the HIM profession.
Advocacy and Public
AHIMA proudly selects Colleen
A. Goethals, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, as recipient of the 2017
Advocacy and Public Policy Triumph Award. Goethals is currently employed by R1 RCM, Inc.
as director of HIM at Ascension
Columbia St. Mary’s, and is an
independent HIM consultant.
As a veteran volunteer and advocate for the HIM profession,
Goethals continues to be on the forefront of HIM advocacy and
public policy. Having served as a member of the AHIMA Board
of Directors and as a member of AHIMA’s Advocacy and Policy
Council, she has championed the significance of engaging with
legislators on issues of importance to the HIM profession.
She has participated in AHIMA’s Hill Day for over 10 years,
chaired the State Advocacy Workgroup, and has led state advocacy efforts through phone calls, letters, and personal visits
with legislators. Goethals has spoken at multiple state and regional meetings offering awareness, insight, and guidance on
all aspects of advocacy. ICD- 10, HIPAA, and health information exchange have been key issues in her advocacy efforts. Her
diligence in reviewing and analyzing legislation along with her
engagement with legislators at the state and national level has
helped to influence regulations and formulate best practice
Goethals has been a tireless advocate within the state of Illinois for copy fee legislation. She also played a vital role in revising and editing the publication Managing Health Information
in Illinois (MHII), which is the recognized resource for release
of information in Illinois.
AHIMA congratulates Goethals for her legislative and regulatory efforts that help advance the HIM profession. We are honored by her efforts, which make her the exemplary recipient of
the 2017 Advocacy and Public Policy Triumph Award.