President’s Message: A Call to Engagement!

Hello fellow SCHIMA members!

As we begin a new year, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support and participation in many of the ongoing initiatives over the past six months.   While we have made some unprecedented gains on your behalf, we have much more to do. We cannot do this without you. Each one of you brings unique skills and perspectives that can grow SCHIMA to new heights for a new decade. The importance of a strong professional association cannot be overstated as healthcare and our profession continues to evolve. It is fitting that we use the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on the eve of remembering and celebrating his life this coming Monday.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Our latest numbers continue to show us lagging behind most other state component associations by double digits.  We simply can’t grow our profession and maintain a prominent presence and permanent status in South Carolina at our current rate of engagement.  It is collectively up to us.  We become great by actively being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Service comes in many forms. I know most of us came into this profession to help others and contribute to patient care in a non-traditional way.  Whether this was a “happy accident” to quote one of our board members or an intentional decision based on your own career research or personal health crisis, it is what we do.  We help.  We make a difference.  We matter.  Let’s make it a “new decade resolution” to get involved and build strong and lasting relationships.  Join us in one of our upcoming meetings, engage with us on social media, pay it forward as a mentor or donate to our student scholarship fund, nominate or volunteer for a SCHIMA elected or appointed position, or join one of our committees offered. Nominate a co-worker for an award.  Be selfless.  A happy byproduct of your service, professional engagement and helping others may be creating an unprecedented workforce demand for health information professionals in South Carolina for the good of our citizenry, healthcare institutions and those seeking work including our new graduates.  Lasting and meaningful change always starts at the grassroots level.

In the coming weeks leading up to HIP week, National Advocacy Day, and our State Advocacy Day, you’ll be hearing much more about the exciting things that have happened, and will be happening in our Friday E-Alerts. Don’t forget to check out our member highlights.   Please be sure to update your AHIMA profiles containing your contact information and reach out with any ideas, questions or concerns.  You are important.  You can make a difference.  We can navigate this changing landscape together.

Dan Ellison, RHIA
On behalf of Your SCHIMA Board 2019-2020