Submission of Nominations
Nominations for all awards must be made on the online nomination form. Please note that you will have the ability to save the nomination and return to work on it again at a later time. You will see “Save and continue nomination later” beginning on the second page.
The nominee’s resume and two reference letters can be uploaded on the online nomination form.
Nominations must be received no later than March 25.
Distinguished Member Award
Objective: To identify and honor members of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA) for their exceptional service to the association and their contributions to the profession.
Who Qualifies: A member in good standing of AHIMA and THIMA or, if an inactive member, one who was a member in good standing at the time of retirement. The member will have made significant contributions to the field through dedicated volunteer service, innovative professional practice, education, research, or publishing. The categories on which the nominee will be evaluated include but need not be limited to the following: association activities on the local, state, and national levels to include offices held, committee activities, delegate to AHIMA, publications, and teaching, and contributions to the profession as an HIM leader.
Objective: To honor individual members of THIMA who demonstrate administrative capability, innovation, leadership, and creativity.
Who Qualifies: HIM professionals who are paving the way to the 21st century by embracing new ideas, exploring visionary approaches to practice, and applying health information principles to new job markets; individuals who have demonstrated leadership or introduced innovation and creativity to current practice and have made substantial contributions to the field.
Objective: To recognize individuals whose long-term and enthusiastic support of THIMA has advanced THIMA’s capacity to achieve its mission.
Who Qualifies: Individuals, groups, or corporations who have worked tirelessly to support the HIM profession by advancing THIMA’s activities and leadership position. Nominees do not have to be THIMA members.
Objective: To recognize individuals who have long records of encouraging students or colleagues to become all they can be and who have helped them find ways to achieve their best.
Who Qualifies: Those rare professional colleagues and friends who touch our lives and launch us toward new horizons. HIM professionals who prepare the next generation of professionals for their Health Information Management careers.
Objective: To applaud excellence in clinical supervision; to honor the commitment and expertise of those who demonstrate excellence in clinical supervision.
Who Qualifies: Individuals who support the Health Information Administration and Health Information Technology programs in Tennessee.
Rising Star Award
Objective: To recognize and encourage individuals who have the potential to make significant contributions to the profession as her or his career unfolds.
Who Qualifies: HIM professionals credentialed within the last seven years who demonstrate significant potential for future leadership, innovation, creativity, and administrative capacity.
Objective: To honor those members whose groundbreaking work leads the HIM field. Examples of visionary work include
- furthering the implementation of the electronic patient record
- positioning the HIM profession as a leadership force in the healthcare industry
- paving the way to new HIM roles in all health care settings
- employing HIM practice in careers not limited to the healthcare profession
Who Qualifies: Those professionals who shape our future by experimenting with breakthrough approaches to time-honored practices. Those HIM professionals or organizations that facilitate the transition to e-HIM™ (electronic health information management) systems.
Objective: To recognize leaders who make significant volunteer contributions on behalf of THIMA.
Who Qualifies: Volunteers who have served THIMA and have demonstrated distinctive leadership qualities. Their efforts have led to a significant accomplishment that advanced the HIM field or addressed the needs of THIMA members.