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Health Information Management Student Receives Professional Credential



Mar 10, 2014

The Youngstown Campus recently recognized Summer Ylonen for achieving the registered health information technician credential (RHIT).  Summer will graduate soon with a degree in health information management (HIM), and is the first HIM graduate from the Youngstown Campus to sit for and successfully pass the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam.  The Youngstown Campus received the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accreditation status in September 2013, which establishes and enforces the educational standards for HIM Programs.

Summer began taking classes at the Youngstown Campus in April, 2012. After working as a waitress for 15 years, she decided that she needed a career change.  Exploring her educational options and at the urging of her friend who was already a American National University student, she decided to enroll.  The Youngstown Campus had two things that she was looking for in the school she wanted to attend: it had the HIM program, and it was small and close to home.  While attending National, Summer was very active in many of our student campus programs and clubs; worked weeknights and weekends; maintained a family; and was a work study student.  She is also graduating with high honors.  Linda McKinney, HIM program director recommended, Summer for the OHIMA (Ohio Health Information Management Association) New Graduate Award for her exceptional work ethics and dedication to her studies.

Summer completed her professional practice experience/externship (PPE) at Valley Healthcare Northside Hospital, where she utilized the skills and the HIM computer software/systems experience learned in her core classes.  The PPE supervisor at Northside was very pleased with her work and recommended she submit her résumé for employment consideration.

Summer said, “The passion and experience of my instructors, have given me the confidence to prepare for my career in health information management.”

Linda McKinney, HIM program director and Paula Muir, lead HIM Instructor presented Summer with the RHIT credential pin.

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