President's Message

Incoming President

Melissa Pic

Dear LIHIMA Members,

It is an honor to serve as your president for the 2020-2021 year. The past year has certainly been eventful! I do not think any of us could have imagined what the year 2020 had in store for us, nor am I even going to try to attempt to anticipate what the rest of 2020 is going to bring. What I can say is we have responded to these changes with the poise that we always have. It has been exciting to see the massive leap forward that telehealth has made and where it is going.  I look forward to the progress and outcomes of the 21st Century Cures Act. I hope that we as an industry can make progress with a national patient identifier.

My message for our membership this year is to expect the unexpected. We as a nation, industry, and as healthcare professionals have been thrust into a time of great change. Within this theme, it is my goal to affect change at a local level.  Beyond advocacy, for which we work very closely with NYHIMA, I want to change LIHIMA.  We are a great organization full of knowledgeable professionals.  We need to change to showcase our talents to the multiple healthcare arenas in which we work, in other industries, and for future HIM professionals.

In the coming days, weeks, and months we will be asking for your feedback.  Please respond! One person cannot dictate change, it takes an entire group to advocate and lead for it.

Warm Regards,

Melissa Minski, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

Outgoing President

Teresa Pic

Dear LIHIMA Members,

I want to thank you for your support during the past year and especially during the past few months.  Despite the pandemic, our profession has managed to weather the storm.  As we provide our Annual Educational meeting virtually, we continue to find ways to deliver education and information relevant to HIM and the Healthcare Industry. I want to leave you with some thoughts to help build our Industry to be as stable and robust as possible.  

There is an excellent article that is in the March issue of, Journal of AHIMA, on leadership. I encourage you to read the article—the article discusses how to build and recognize potential leaders.  Below are some quotes from the article:

Leaders support others by helping them grow and reach their true potential.

Leaders help their colleagues and their organization to grow and succeed; they focus their efforts outwardly for the benefit of others. 

A leader is someone others can turn to for help and guidance, does not always have the answers, but can listen and help find the answers.

Leaders strive for lifelong learning and seek to better themselves and those around them.

People are not necessarily born as leaders; instead, leaders are made by what they do every day - learning, gaining experience, and developing their skills.

I look forward to recognizing and celebrating our future leaders as we continue to navigate the ever-changing Industry of Healthcare. 

Very truly yours,

Teresa Silversmith