LaTour/Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership & Innovation

LaTour/Eichenwald Forum

The LaTour/Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership and Innovation honors the pioneering spirit of two of Health Information Management's most highly regarded professionals. Kathleen LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki retired in 2012 from The College of St. Scholastica's HIIM Department after a combined seven-plus decades of national leadership in education and in the profession.

2017 LaTour/Eichenwald Forum

Latour Eichenwald 2017 Forum HIIM Leadership & Innovation LogoJoin us October 20 and 21, for the 5th Annual LaTour Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership & Innovation, sponsored by the Health Informatics and Information Management department. This year not only marks our fifth year of recognizing the educational contribution of former St. Scholastica (CSS) faculty Kathleen LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki, but also marks the 20th anniversary of the M.S. in HIM program.

Join us Friday, Oct. 20, in Mitchell Auditorium on the CSS campus, or by remote viewing for a panel of three alumni who graduated from our first M.S. HIM class in 2000.

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Panel discussion 
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Social event 


The panelists will discuss their education at CSS, how it prepared them for their career in HIIM and how the industry has changed over the past 20 years.

Madonna LaBlancMadonna LaBlanc RHIA, FAHIMA

LaBlanc is an assistant professor in the health informatics and information management program at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.  

Karyn MikelKaryn Mikel

Mikel works at Allina Health in Minneapolis as an Information Services Project Manager. She has 30+ years experience in HIM including acute care, teaching, Information Services,and project management.

Letha StewartLetha Stewart

Stewart is a health information management professional with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field. She is currently the Director of Customer Relations for QuadraMed’s EMPI Business Unit. 

On Saturday, Oct. 21, a variety of activities will be held on and off campus for those that wish to extend their visit. Below is the itinerary for Saturday:

  • 9-9:30 a.m. - Light breakfast/coffee on campus
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. - Guided walk on campus trails
  • 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. - On the Rocks guided painting session on campus
  • Lunch on own
  • 3 p.m. - Volleyball game at St. Scholastica
  • 5 p.m. - Volleyball game at St. Scholastica 

We hope you can join us for this historic event celebrating the efforts of our esteemed faculty and successful HIIM program. For more information or with questions, please contact Diana Wark at or (218) 723-6759.


Watch LaTour Eichenwald panel discussion live Oct. 20

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