Annual HIT graduate luncheon honors student achievement


(Image courtesy of HIT Club)

By Adam Nowak, News Editor

(Image courtesy of HIT Club)

On April 17, the Health Information Technology Program (HIT) hosted the annual Graduate Luncheon at the Radcliff center. Both student graduates and award winners were present at the event. Program Director for HIT, Jody Scheller, is leaving after years of service and dedication to her students.
“She will be deeply missed,” said Jennifer Woodrum, a member-at-large for the HIT club. Scheller will be succeeded by Peggy Chapo as new program director. “Peggy brings with her a wealth of experience that will enhance and continue to grow our Health Information Technology Program,” said Scheller.
Health Information Technology is an Allied Health Program at Radcliff that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. This program prepares students to work in the growing field of medical coding, medical record analysis and numerous other opportunities within the field. Schoolcraft College offers both a Certificate and an Associate Degree. The Associate degree allows graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) exam. If one is not looking to pursue a degree in medical related fields, the HIT Program often hosts Continuing Education Seminars at Radcliff through the Southeastern Michigan Health Information Management Association (SEMHIMA).
Three out of four students in all of Michigan to win a scholarship from the Michigan Information Management Association (MHIMA) were Schoolcraft students enrolled in the Health Information Technology program.
Michelle Turner will be awarded the 2018 MHIMA Yvonne Harbert Distinguished Student Award in May J. Michelle was selected from the applicants from across the state based on her grade-point average, employment with Beaumont Commons Farmington Hills (Botsford Commons) and your dedication to her profession. Michelle put in many volunteer hours with our student HIT Club and served as an MHIMA concierge for two years. As part of the award, MHIMA will pay Michelle’s AHIMA dues as a credentialed practitioner for the first year – AND Michelle is the first from the 2018 class to earn her RHIT certification.
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3 Schoolcraft Students won MHIMA (Michigan Health Information Management Association) Scholarships
1) Benita Adoghe=$1000 Scholarship
2) Jennifer Woodrum=$1000 Scholarship
3) Michelle Turner=The 2018 Yvonne Harbert Distinguished Student Award.
Also, 3 awards were given at the Graduate Luncheon. The following 3 students received the 2018 Health Information Technology Kehrl Award:
1) April Welch
2) Benita Adoghe
3) Arnisa Bane