HIMSS Announces 2011 Award and Scholarship Recipients

Recognizing outstanding contributions to HIMSS and the healthcare industry, HIMSS named its 2011 award and scholarship recipients. The HIMSS Foundation and four HIMSS chapters provided nine scholarships to students enrolled in health IT and management systems degree programs.

“The HIMSS award recipients are individuals and organizations who have succeeded in ensuring high quality and consistent delivery of healthcare with the use of information technology. Congratulations to all of the award and scholarship recipients for their achievement and willingness to share their expertise with HIMSS and throughout the industry,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, PMP, Vice President, Professional Development, HIMSS.

Award winners are nominated in four award categories:  industry service, HIMSS service, publications and chapters. All award and scholarship recipients will be honored at the HIMSS Awards Banquet on Feb. 23, 2012, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. During the2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS12 website.

The 2011 HIMSS award and scholarship recipients appear below with a description of each award and scholarship on the HIMSS website.

2011 Award Recipients

CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. /CIO of the Year Award   
Rick Schooler, MBA, FACHE, FCHIME

ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award
Paul Schluter, PhD

Board of Directors Service Award
Howard Burde, JD, FHIMSS
C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA, FHIMSS

Book of the Year Award – The Health Information Exchange Formation Guide: The Authoritative Guide for Planning and Forming an HIE in Your State, Region, or Community
Laura Kolkman, RN, MS, BSN, FHIMSS
Bob Brown

Chapter of the Year – Large:
Southern California HIMSS Chapter

Chapter of the Year – Small:
North & Central Florida HIMSS Chapter

Chapter Leader of the Year Award
David Butler, BS, MBA, FHIMSS
Jon Melling, FHIMSS, UKCHIP, Level 3

Distinguished Fellows Service Award
Mimi Hassett, RN, MSN, FHIMSS

Founders Leadership Award
Martha Dameron, RN, MSN, FHIMSS

John A. Page Outstanding Service Award
Barbara Demster, MS, RHIA

Life Member Award
Edward H. Burnet, LHIMSS
William Delamar, LFHIMSS
Fred Green, LFHIMSS
Walt Menning, LFHIMSS
Kathryn Smith, LFHIMSS
Bill Vrooman, LHIMSS

Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
Carol Bickford, PhD, CPHIMS
Kathleen Smith, RN, FHIMSS

Physician IT Leadership Award
Russell Leftwich, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP

HIMSS Evelyn Award
June St. John, CTP

SHS-HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award
James Benneyan, PhD, FHIMSS
Special Interest Group Leader of the Year
Jodi Bloom, RN, MBA
Tammy Grygar

2011 Scholarship Recipients

Healthcare Information Management Systems:
Undergraduate Scholarship
Roman Minyaylyuk
University of Illinois at Chicago

Master’s Scholarship
Justin St-Maurice
University of Victoria

PhD Scholarship
Aaron Baird, RN
Arizona State University

Richard P. Covert, PhD, FHIMSS Scholarship for Management Systems
Laura Sims
Georgia Institute of Technology

South Florida Chapter Scholarship
Mohammed Islam, MS
Nova Southeastern University

New England HIMSS Dvora Brodie Chapter Scholarship
Vlad Anthohi
Northeastern University

New York State Chapter Scholarships (2 awarded)
Rodney Harrington
Columbia University


Karthik Natajaran
New York University

Northern California Chapter Scholarship
Katherine Kim, MBA, MPH
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.