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Chapter Awards Received at ANI

Tom Safley, FHFMA

In June, Mary Plaisance-Emerton and I had the privilege of representing our chapter at the awards banquet of the HFMA Annual National Institute (ANI) held in Las Vegas. This awards banquet is held annually to present the various awards that each chapter has earned for the past year. I was required to wear a tie, but nevertheless, made it through the banquet and was honored to accept the awards that we have all contributed towards earning.

For the 2004-05 HFMA fiscal year, our chapter earned five awards:

  • Excellence in Education - Bronze award
  • Excellence in Certification - Bronze award
  • Excellence for New Member Retention - Silver award
  • Excellence for Membership Growth and Retention - Silver award
  • Helen M. Yerger Special Recognition Award, for our participation in the Region 11 Healthcare Symposium

Each of these awards is earned based upon very specific performance criteria established by the HFMA national board of directors. A brief description of each of these awards and the performance criteria is as follows.

The Awards of Excellence for Education

Chapters that achieve outstanding performance in educational programming are recognized with the Awards of Excellence for Education. This award is based on the number of education program registrant hours that the chapter achieves for the year.

The Awards of Excellence for Certification

Chapters that achieve outstanding performance in certification support are recognized with the Awards of Excellence for Certification. The award is based on an increase in the number of passed certification examinations in the chapter year.

The Awards of Excellence for New Member Retention

Chapters that achieve outstanding performance in retaining HFMA members, who have been with the association for less than four years, are recognized with the Awards of Excellence for New Member Retention. The award is based upon the percent of net new member retention achieved at the end of the Davis Chapter Management System (DCMS) year (April 30). At that time, the number of retained new members will be compared to the chapter's count of new members at the beginning of the year. Members with a join date that is later than the start of the current DCMS year (May 1) are not included in the award calculation. For example, an individual who joins HFMA on June 1, 2005, will not be included in the calculation for the 2005-06 award year, which runs from May 1, 2005 until April 30, 2006, but will be factored into the following year's results.

The Awards of Excellence for Membership Growth and Retention

Chapters that demonstrate excellence in membership activities are recognized with the Awards of Excellence for Membership Growth and Retention. This award is based upon the percentage of net membership growth at the end of the DCMS year.

Helen M. Yerger Special Recognition Award

The Helen M. Yerger Award recognizes outstanding chapter performance in the categories of Collaboration, Education, Improvement, Innovation, Member Communications, Member Service, and Membership Recruitment and Retention. Our chapter has won this award for the past several years through our participation in the Region 11 Symposium held annually in Las Vegas in January.

For 2005-06, our chapter goal is to earn as many of these awards as possible. The levels that we need to accomplish vs. our 2004-05 performance are:

Education (registrant hours/member required)

  • Bronze = 13.70
  • Silver = 15.06
  • Gold = 19.61
  • Oregon 2004-05 registrant hours/member = 14.83

Certification (passed exams required)

  • Bronze = 6
  • Silver = 10
  • Gold = 13
  • Oregon 2004-05 passed exams = 5

New Member Retention (% of new members retained)

  • Bronze = 76.66%
  • Silver = 80.16%
  • Gold = 83.65%
  • Oregon 2004-05 % of new members retained = 82.50%

Membership Growth and Retention (members needed as of 04/30/06)

  • Bronze = 443
  • Silver = 454
  • Gold = 477
  • Oregon # of Members @ 5-1-05 = 432

Looking ahead to next May, I believe our chapter is well positioned to have another very successful year. Thank you for your contributions of time and effort to our chapter, and I look forward to bringing home another large haul of awards from the 2006 ANI meeting!