News and Events


Join us for the 3rd annual LaTour/Eichenwald Forum!

Monday, June 9

The 2014 LaTour Eichenwald Forum keynote speaker announcement and agenda will be posted in this space in January.

More information about the LaTour/Eichenwald Forum


Congratulations to Pam Oachs!

Pam Oachs, MA, RHIA

Elected to AHIMA's Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM)

Pam Oachs, MA, RHIA, Assistant Professor in our HIM department, has been elected to AHIMA's Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM).

Ms. Oachs will work with the other commissioners to set the standards for certification for HIIM professionals.


Our B.S. HIM program is growing -- and people are noticing

The Duluth News Tribune ran two recent stories about the growth of our B.S. in HIM program. The first focused on our new offering at St. Paul College and the second highlighted the elimination of the on-site requirement for the online B.S. in HIM.


Meeting the needs of a growing industry

HIM Department Chair Ryan Sandefer is quoted in a recent Star Tribune story looking at the growing need for Health Information Management professionals and the educational options for those interested in entering the field. The article notes that St. Scholastica is the only institution in the state offering a four-year degree in HIM and a Master's degree in HIM.


Hit by a turtle?  Under new system being rolled out nationwide, there'll be a medical code for that.

HIM discusses ICD-10 and new project with Essesntia coding staff


St. Scholastica student's paper selected for HIMSS conference

HIM Graduate student Olga Birov's paper regarding the "Reorganization of HIM for Expanded Job Functions" has been accepted for for this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual convention in Las Vegas, NV.


HIM department in the news

St. Scholastica was featured in a couple of recent articles on the ICD 10 Watch website.

HIM students learning more than medical codes

HIM Education: Learning how to leverage data generated by more ICD-10 codes


The St. Scholastica legacy of leadership in HIM continues.

Alum Deb Switzer '78 has been named executive director of the Minnesota Health Information Management Association, which is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership, education and best practices.

Switzer will begin her role on March 1. She takes over the position from her sister and fellow Saints alum, Myrna Myrna Wells-Ulland '93.


2011 AHIMA Merit Scholarship Award recipients from St. Scholastica

Several St. Scholastica students have been awarded AHIMA Merit Scholarships in 2011. Recipients include:

  • Elizabeth Rockendorf (WI) - College of St. Scholastica
  • Elizabeth Durand (MN) - College of St. Scholastica
  • Raeanna Bonetti RHIT, CPC (FL) - College of St. Scholastica
  • Margaret Blechinger, RHIA (MN) - College of St. Scholastica
  • Bonnie Wilkins (MI) - The College of St Scholastica
  • Ryan Sandefer, CPHIT (MN) - University of Minnesota, St. Scholastica HIM Department Chair

Also, AHIMA has created a scholarship in honor of one of St. Scholastica's alumns: the CSA Leadership Honorary Undergraduate Scholarship in Memory of David E. Westlake.


HIM graduate Myrna Wells-Ulland receives leadership award

Myrna Wells-Ulland was recently presented with the Michael E. Miner Board Leadership Award from Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Myrna is a graduate of our HIM program and the director of MHIMA. Congratulations, Myrna!


HIM student lands internship at IL-HITREC

With the help of department chair Ryan Sandefer, HIM student Phillip G. McCann was chosen for an internship at IL-HITREC, an institution working with primary care providers in Illinois.


HIM student wins NCAA Sportsmanship Award

HIM student Tony Evans was recently awarded the Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award by the NCAA. The NCAA Sportsmanship Awards honor student-athletes and a coach, administrator or athletics staff member who, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.

Congratulations Tony!


HIM in the Duluth News Tribune

Picking up where U.S. News and World Report left off, the Duluth News Tribune, writes an in-depth story about HIM at St. Schoalstica. The article talks about our program's history in the field and the rapid expansion of the HIM industry.


St. Scholatica's HIM program recognized by U.S. News and World Report

In the 2012 "Best Colleges" issue of U.S. News and World Report, HIM is identified as one of the "9 Hot College Majors". 2011 HIM graduate Heather  Hodgson is quoted in the article, saying that HIM is a great career for those interested in the health care field but who isn't "all about patient contact." The article also notest that "the American Medical Informatics Association projects a need for more than 50,000 workers in the next five to seven years."


Regional Extension Center Grant Awarded

St. Scholastica, in partnership with StratisHealth and the Rural Health Resource Center has received a Regional Extension Center grant. This grant has created a number of grant funded jobs for the region. Learn more.


UP-HI Receives 2nd Highest Grant Given by ONC!

St. Scholastica has formed a partnership with the University of MN Twin Cities and the University of MN Crookston called UP-HI, the University Partnership for Health Informatics. UP-HI has been awarded a grant by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for over $5 million to provide university-based training in health information technology for all six ONC identified vtial health IT roles. Learn more at the UP-HI website.