2016 Pinnacle Award Presentation

Presentations were held honouring the 2016 Pinnacle Award winners. The following highlights those presentations. CHIMA would once again like to congratulate all winners.

Margie Taylor, CHIM (Nova Scotia) – Volunteer Award

Left to Right:  Margie Taylor, CHIM
Ruth Ann McOnie, Manager, Health Information & Patient Registration, Northern Zone.

A presentation took place on June 22, 2016 at the Aberdeen Hospital. Margie’s immediate supervisor, Sherri Thompson, organized a delicious pot-luck luncheon along with cake and flowers. Margie was presented her plaque by Ruth Ann McOnie. 

Darlene Popowich, CHIM (Alberta) – Volunteer Award

Left to Right: Darlene Popowich
Kathleen Addison, Senior Provincial Director, HIM (Alberta Health Services) and Chair, CHIMA Board of Directors

A presentation took place on June 16, 2016 at the Alberta Health Services Offices in Calgary, Alberta, and was attended by numerous staff and colleagues, where Darlene was presented with a CHIMA plaque.

Danielle Renaud, CHIMA  (British Columbia) – Promising New Professional Award

Left to Right: Danielle Renaud, CHIM
Joyce Taki, CHIM - Regional Manager, Coding Information Systems, Data Quality and Projects, Coding & Informatics Services, HIM

Danielle Renaud is also pictured below with her work colleagues

Danielle Renaud was recently awarded the “2016 Promising New Professional Award” from the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) at a presentation at Royal Columbian Hospital on June 29, 2016. The national award is given to an inpidual who is a recent graduate student of a CHIMA accredited program who has demonstrated academic and professional excellence.

“Having met Danielle, and worked with her, I am not surprised that she was nominated for this award. She is definitely very deserving and I am happy to have her on my team,” says Patsy Mang, a Coding Coordinator for a number of Fraser Health sites including Royal Columbian Hospital – the primary site where Danielle works. [Read More]

Health Information Management Workforce Transformation: New Roles, New Skills and Experiences in Canada

by Candace J. Gibson, PhD, CHIM; Kelly J. Abrams, MPA, CHIM; and Gail F. Crook, CHE, CHIM


Healthcare in Canada is undergoing significant transformation and change at regional, provincial, and national levels to better utilize scarce health resources to provide safe, high-quality care at lower cost. The electronic health record (EHR) is being introduced as an innovation and enabler in achieving reduced healthcare costs and improved patient care. Numerous studies and reports have described the advantages of the EHR; however, little attention has been paid to the human and fiscal resources necessary to implement and effectively manage the EHR. As Canadian health settings move from paper to electronic health records, the role of health information management (HIM) professionals needs to correspondingly change to meet the demands of an increasingly digital workplace.

The full article is available at AHIMA’s online, scholarly, open-access research journal, Perspectives in Health Information Management.