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AHIMA Announces CEO Search

AHIMA Announces CEO Search

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2017 – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Board of Directors announced today a nationwide search to select the next AHIMA CEO.

Chaired by Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA, founder and president, Tir Health Advisors LLC, an eight-member committee will thoroughly review potential candidates and select a small number of well-qualified individuals for consideration by AHIMA’s Board of Directors. The national executive search firm CES Partners has been selected to assist the committee in conducting the CEO search. The Board plans to name the next CEO by the end of 2017.

“We appointed a search committee that is reflective of our diverse member community,” said Ann Chenoweth, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, president, AHIMA Board of Directors. “We look forward to naming a CEO who will ensure we meet our operational goals and meet the professional needs of our members.”

A position description and information on how to apply will be available on ahima.org on October 6. Until the executive search for a permanent replacement is complete, AHIMA vice president of policy and government relations, Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA, is serving as interim CEO.

Interested candidates should send a letter of introduction and resume to CES Partners in care of:

Barry R. Cesafsky, FACHE
President and CEO
CES Partners, Ltd.
1314 Kensington Road, #5195, Oak Brook, Illinois 60522-5195

Members of the search committee include:

• Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA, founder and president, Tir Health Advisors LLC
• Mervat Abdelhak, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, chair and associate professor, University of Pittsburgh, department of health information management
• Cassi L. Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, system-wide director of health information management and revenue integrity, University of California San Diego Health
• Donna Bowers, JD, RHIA, CHP, vice president – cardiology and oncology service lines, SCL Health
• Liz Curtis, MA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, administrative director, medical information management, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
• Tina Esposito, MBA, RHIA, vice president of information and technology innovation, Advocate Health Care
• Beth Haenke Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, founder and CEO, Just Associates
• Ryan Sandefer, PhD, chair & assistant professor, The College of St. Scholastica, department of health informatics and information management



The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 103,000 health information professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA is advancing informatics, data analytics, and information governance to achieve the goal of providing expertise to ensure trusted information for healthcare. www.ahima.org


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CES Partners, Ltd. is a premier retained executive search firm that specializes in serving healthcare provider organizations with tailored, personalized, senior level consulting services. With a national reach throughout the United States, CES Partners serves health systems, hospitals, group medical practices, associations and senior living communities. CES Partners’ main office is located at 1314 Kensington Road, #5195, Oak Brook, IL 60522-5195.