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Rising Star Award

Christina Turrietta - pic Christina Turrietta, BSHIM, RHIA, CCS
Community Health Systems

Christina Turrietta, BSHIM, RHIA, CCS is a full-time outpatient coder with CHS and adjunct instructor in the El Paso Community College HIM program. She is currently working towards her MHIM at Texas State University and aspires to go for her Ph.D. after. She has served as the student liaison for TxHIMA since September 2017 and plans to continue finding positions to volunteer with TxHIMA when her current service is complete. Christina looks forward to continuing towards a bright future in HIM.


Legacy Award

Susan H. Fenton - pic Susan H. Fenton, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA
University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics

Susan H. Fenton, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics in Houston, TX. She is responsible for their graduate certificates, master’s degree and doctoral degree programs. Dr. Fenton has received more than $7 million in grant funding during her academic career. Dr. Fenton received the AHIMA Triumph Award for Research in 2012. Dr. Fenton also serves as the Past-President of the Texas Health Information Management Association (TxHIMA) and the Chair for the AHIMA Council on Excellence in Education. Dr. Fenton earned her B.S. in health information management from the University of Texas Medical Branch, an MBA from the University of Houston, and her PhD in health services research from Texas A&M.

Rising Star Award

T. Mowe Simpson - pic T. Mowe Simpson, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS
Children's Health

T. Mowe Simpson, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS is a full time EHR Analyst with Children’s Health. He supports HIE and HIM EHR Applications. Mowe has authored Identity Management Beyond the EHR published in the Journal of AHIMA. He is the President of the Dallas Ft. Worth Health Information Management Association and an Adjunct Instructor with Alabama State University and Dallas County Community College District. Mowe also serves on the HIMSS Concert Committee to support efforts to standardized testing to improve HIE interoperability.


Legacy Award

Katherine Lusk - pic Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA
Children's Health System

Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA is the Chief Health Information Management and Exchange Officer for Children’s Health System, Texas. As an active AHIMA member her attention is focused on patient identity, health information exchange, standard development, and information governance. Accolades include: TxHIMA Legacy Award 2018, AHIMA’s 2012 Pioneer Triumph, HIMSS Level 7 Analytics, HIMSS Davies, and the AHIMA Grace Award. She’s enjoyed the privilege of serving as the President of TxHIMA, on AHIMA’s House of Delegates and multiple work-groups. Learning more than giving! She speaks locally and nationally on interoperability, clinical documentation improvement, patient identity, and the promoting the HIM profession.