ACDIS Achievement Awards

The ACDIS Achievement Awards honor excellence in the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) profession. Past recipients include CDI staff, managers, directors, and educators. ACDIS Achievement Award winners have made measurable improvements in their organization and have gone above and beyond to make a broader impact on the CDI profession.

The ACDIS Achievement Awards are bestowed annually at the ACDIS national conference. The CDI Professional of the Year winner also receives free admission to the conference. The nomination period opens in January. An ACDIS conference committee consisting of volunteers from the ACDIS membership reviews the nominations and selects the winners.

Every year, ACDIS honors CDI professionals with the following awards. Click the link to view each award's specific criteria.

CDI Professional of the Year: This award recognizes an individual who stands out as a consummate representative of the best attributes of a CDI professional. The nominee must have at least five years as a CDI professional at the time of their nomination.

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant achievements as a CDI professional in their facility or within their broader organization. The nominee must have at least two years as a CDI professional at the time of their nomination.

Excellence in Provider Engagement: This award recognizes an individual who has made a substantive difference within their organization, or on the broader CDI/HIM/coding community, through enhancing medical staff understanding, collaboration, and engagement. Candidates include physician advisors, including advanced practice providers and foreign medical graduates in an advisor role. Other roles and professional backgrounds such as quality, administration, CDI/coding educator, or leadership positions will also be considered. The nominee must have two or more years of experience in this role at the time of their nomination.

Rookie of the Year: This award recognizes an individual who has served in the CDI profession less than two years from the time of his or her nomination, but has made a significant contribution in that time frame.

Winners will be honored with an award and recognition during the annual ACDIS Annual Conference, and the CDI Professional of the Year receives free admission. All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the ACDIS Conference Committee in conjunction with ACDIS administration.

 

The ACDIS Honor Roll

2017 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year

Rita H. Fields
RN, BSN, CCDS
Baptist Health System  

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement

Fran Jurcak
MSN, RN, CCDS
Iodine Software

Excellence in Provider Engagement

Nicole Fox MD, MPH
Medical Director of CDI
Cooper University Hospital

Rookie of the Year 

Nicole Eldridge, BSN, RN
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

 

2016 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year

Karen M. DiMeglio
RN, MS, CCDS, CPC
Lifespan   

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement

Jessica M. Vaughn
RN, BSN, CCDS
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Excellence in Provider Engagement

Susan E. Kohl, MD
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Rookie of the Year 

Candace E. Blankenship
BSN, RN
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

 

2015 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Karen Newhouser
RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CCM
MedPartners

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Mary Margaret McGrady
RN, CCDS
NYU Langone Medical Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Amy Yung
RN, CCDS
Kaleida Health

 

2014 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Michelle Custodio
RHIA, CCDS, CDIP
Ohio Health

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Karen Chase
RCN, BSN
Stony Brook University Medical Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Katy Good
RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS
Flagstaff Medical Center

 

2013 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Nancy Rae Ignatowicz
RN, BS, MBA, CCDS
Loyola University Medical Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Ailsa Kompare
RN, MHA, BS, CCDS
Kindred Las Vegas Integrated Market

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Judy Schade
RN, MSN, CCM, CCDS
Mayo Clinic

 

2012 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Cathy Seluke
RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Dee Schad
RN, BSN, CCDS
Clark Memorial Hospital

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Robert S. Hodges
BSN, MSN, RN, CCDS
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center

 

2011 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Donald Butler
RN, BSN
Pitt County Memorial Hospital

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Kelley Sears
RN, CCM, BS
Steward Health Care

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Kara Masucci
RN, PNP, MSN, CCDS
Morristown Memorial Hospital/Atlantic Health

 

2010 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Sandra Beatty
RN, BSN, C-CDI
Columbus Regional Hospital

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Adelaide La Rosa
RN, BSN
St. Francis Hospital—The Heart Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Jennifer Love
RN, BA, CCDS
Novant Health

 

2009 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Beth Kennedy
RN, BS, CCS
Montefiore Medical Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Lynne Spryszak, RN, CPC-A
FTI Healthcare

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Wendy Clesi
RN
Ochsner Health System

 

2008 ACDIS Achievement Awards

CDI Professional of the Year
Randi Ferrare
RN, BSN
Morton Plant Mease Healthcare

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Karla Johnson
Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Nancy Taylor Ward
Tampa General Hospital