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2017 TxHIMA Annual Convention Wrap-Up
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Thank you for joining us for the 2017 TxHIMA Annual Convention!

The TxHIMA Annual Convention is a multi-day event that brings attendees from the health information management field together to network with peers, learn from leaders in the HIM profession, visit with sponsors and exhibitors, and share their love of this profession with each other.

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2018 TxHIMA Annual Convention
June 24 - 26, 2018
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
Theme: Keep HIM Wired (tentative)


TxHIMA HIT Scholarship Award Winner and TxHIMA Recognition Awards Winners

The following winners were recognized at the TxHIMA Annual Convention on June 29, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 Winner of the TxHIMA HIT Scholarship 
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Christina Turrietta
I am excited to continue my path to higher education. As technology changes health information management, the industry will need professionals who are ready to face the challenge. I have been in the field for seven years now and look forward to the rest of my career. I enjoy being a student just as much as I appreciate working in a department and being a teacher. As I gain experience throughout my journey, my skillset will continue to expand and I will be better prepared to share my knowledge with others. I love HIM because it is never stagnant and fulfills my desire to always learn new things. I enjoy having the responsibility of knowing and understanding the constant modifications in the field. I have had some amazing teachers who have helped shape who I am, both professionally and personally. It would be truly rewarding to be able to help shape the lives of my students as well as the future of our field. Being able to reach my goal of getting a Master’s in HIM will allow me to accomplish that. I look forward to what lies ahead for me as both a student and a teacher.

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners of the TxHIMA Recognition Awards
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Legacy Award Winner: Jackie Moczygemba

Dear TxHIMA, I am honored and excited to receive the TxHIMA Legacy Award. My sincerest gratitude to the Texas Health Information Management Association and other colleagues who participated in the selection process. Receiving the TxHIMA Legacy Award would not be possible without the many people who supported me throughout my 35 year HIM career journey. In every position I have held, there was always someone willing to assist, mentor, and encourage me along the way. Please allow me to share a brief bio about my career.

Ms. Jackie Moczygemba has been in the HIM profession since 1982. In addition to a BS and MBA from Texas State University, Ms. Moczygemba holds certification as a registered health information

administrator and coding specialist. Ms. Moczygemba spent 12 years as a director of HIM services in an acute care hospital. She also has several years of experience in HIM consulting in long-term healthcare. In 1995, she joined the Department of Health Information Management, and has now been on the Texas State University faculty for 22 years. She has been the department chair since June 2014. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Moczygemba served on the board of the Texas Health Information Management Association (TxHIMA) as the public relations director. In October of 2012, Ms. Moczygemba was named a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA).

Recently, Ms. Moczygemba was appointed to the HIM Accreditation Council for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Her research areas include health data quality, electronic health records and usability factors associated with health information technology. Ms. Moczygemba has published numerous articles and given scholarly presentations at the local, state and national level. She is also serving on the AHIMA’s Workforce Workgroup of the Council for Excellence in Education, and is a member of the editorial review panel for Perspectives in Health Information Management.


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Rising Star Award Winner: Rebecca Johnston
Throughout my life, I have always had an interest in healthcare and I knew that my career would somehow revolve around a health profession. In May 2017, I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and will begin graduate school this fall. I was interested in the master’s program because it is one of the requirements to become a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA). These credentials are important because it identifies individuals who have contributed to the advancement of HIM.

For nearly 15 years, my professional experience has involved working directly with patients, but my long-term goal is to become a remote inpatient coder. Health Information Management sparked my interest because individuals are trained in the administrative, clinical, and operational aspects of healthcare. I also enjoy taking advantage of opportunities to learn more about the HIM industry by volunteering. Most recently, I was chosen to be a Program Assistant in HIMSS16, a Program Assistant Mentor at HIMSS17, and I was a student volunteer for the TxHIMA Convention in 2016. These conventions provide wonderful opportunities to network with other HIM students and industry professionals.

My professional experience coupled with my education will help prepare me for the healthcare advancements that are quickly evolving. I am looking forward to what lays ahead in the future and I’m excited to be a part of it!

Thank you for helping TxHIMA recognize our members for these accomplishments!