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Health Information Management Students Recognized at Statewide Convention

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By Karen Guin

The achievements of two students from UCF's Program in Health Information Management (HIM) were recognized recently at the Florida Health Information Management Association's (FHIMA) annual meeting, held July 25-28, 2005, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

Colleen O'Sullivan, an August 2005 graduate of the HIM program, received FHIMA's annual Outstanding Student Award. As a student at UCF, she served as president of the Student Health Information Management Association, completed several internships and held a job while maintaining a 3.7 grade point average. This summer she was a management intern at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she was offered a position as an information systems coordinator.

O'Sullivan also received the HIM program's Outstanding Student Award during its student recognition ceremony this month.

Byron Pitts, a senior in the HIM program, received an Educational Scholarship Award during the conference. The scholarship provides funds for educational purposes and is awarded based on scholastic and leadership ability, as well as professionalism and potential contribution to the profession.

Holly Woemmel, who graduated from the HIM program in 1990, addressed the conference attendees as FHIMA's new president for 2005-2006. She is currently employed as director of client management for Outsourcing Solutions, Inc., in Jupiter, Fla. The company provides transcription and medical coding services to health-care providers. Woemmel is also an adjunct faculty member at UCF teaching a course in medical terminology for the HIM program.

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