As the staff leader of our chapter member initiatives at HIMSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work of all 57 chapters of HIMSS.
Our local volunteers, who have an immense passion for health information and technology, lead the chapters of HIMSS with more than 68,000 engaged members. Chapters offer locally and globally relevant education, events, networking, advocacy, certification preparation, career advancement, scholarships, volunteer opportunities and much more.
Each year, the award recipient selection process is led by peer volunteers from our very knowledgeable and experienced Chapters Task Force. Although the awardee selection is tough, the criteria is fully transparent so that we can recognize awardees based on relevant contributions and hard work throughout the year.
On behalf of HIMSS, I’m proud to recognize this year’s award recipients for the following categories:
The Chapter of the Year Award is designed to recognize chapters who have strongly impacted their geographical region in a meaningful way through health information and technology centered events, education, initiatives, collaboration and advocacy.
Chapter of the Year nominees receive scores based on their chapter engagement, service to members, communication, recruitment, educational/professional development, leadership training and hard work rooted in advocacy and innovation. I am proud to say the fiscal year 2018 award-winning chapters excelled in all categories. Congratulations to the entire Houston and Tennessee Chapters of HIMSS!
During the nomination process, HIMSS encourages chapters to share innovative or impactful programs that have been implemented strategically and effectively. As leader of our chapter programs at HIMSS, I have the privilege of spotlighting the initiatives of award-winning chapters each year.
Medium Chapter of the Year: Houston
The Houston Chapter of HIMSS has connected with the TMCx Innovation and has invited new innovative companies to work with chapter leadership to promote innovative technologies within our local market. The chapter continuously collaborates with the four other Texas chapters and hosts an annual conference. The conference presentations highlight transformative healthcare practices and demonstrate insight, thought leadership, diversity, expertise and lessons learned on the optimal use and value of health information and technology.
Large Chapter of the Year: Tennessee
The Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS has many innovative and impactful programs that are a testament to the hard work of the chapter leaders and resulted in eight percent chapter membership growth.
The Tennessee Chapter held their first ever “Innovators and Incumbents Better Together” event to foster collaboration between large healthcare enterprises and startups. The chapter hosts a 14-week certification program called the HIT Workforce Accelerator. Among other efforts to promote workforce education, the chapter also executed the Tennessee Chapter Ambassador program last year, which was developed to attract young careerists and promote their growth in the field.
The Chapter Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, extraordinary contributions to chapters of HIMSS and the HIMSS organization as a whole through their commitment to the health information and technology industry. HIMSS celebrates all chapter volunteers and annually recognizes the exceptional work of the Chapter Leader of the Year.
Tommy Lewis, Tennessee Chapter Past President
This year’s Chapter Leader of the Year award recognizes Tommy Lewis, Tennessee Chapter president during FY17-18. “Tommy is a true healthcare advocate and is noted in the industry for being a thought leader,” said Tom Mitchell, Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS board member. “He has taken this approach and vision to the Tennessee Chapter by reinforcing the guiding principles and tenets of our chapter: education, workforce development and advocacy. He created a strong committee structure within the chapter's operational areas and inspires and leads the board in a way that we all gravitate toward him.”
Lewis has elevated HIMSS both locally and globally within the membership and healthcare ecosystems in Tennessee, as evidenced by the deep partnerships, increased member engagement and respect of other organizations. Chapter board members and colleagues view Lewis as a motivational leader that has enacted change, driven new educational and thought leadership programs and instilled passion in others through his dedication to HIMSS.
Lauren Wiseman, Chapter President-Elect of the Greater Illinois Chapter
HIMSS is proud to award Lauren Wiseman, Chapter President-Elect of the Greater Illinois Chapter, with the 2018 Chapter Advocate of the Year award. Each year, Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) members elect a Chapter Advocate who has demonstrated leadership and has made in impact through advocacy at the state and local levels for the best use of information and technology.
Thanks to Lauren's generous dedication and Leadership, the Greater Illinois Chapter has been in the forefront of leading change in health information and technology. Among her long list of achievements, HIMSS is recognizing her for her efforts in enthusiastically leading and speaking on behalf of the CAR as the past CAR Chair, elevating the importance of advocacy through integrating it into Chapter Leader Exchange, mentoring her successor, Sue Sarhage, and working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to advance health information and technology across the state.
Learn the importance of chapter advocacy from Lauren Wiseman and Hank Fanberg, 2017 Chapter Advocate of the Year representing the Louisiana Chapter, through their conversation with HIMSSTV during HIMSS19.
I encourage you to share a big congratulations to these hardworking chapter volunteers. Their passion towards HIMSS’s mission has touched thousands of lives. We are so fortunate to have these volunteers share their time and talents with us.
Award recipients will be recognized at the HIMSS19 Awards Gala, held on Wednesday February 13.
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