ACDIS Achievement Awards

The call for ACDIS Achievement Awards is open and ongoing. We’ve simplified the nomination process, focusing on our four legacy honors—the Professional of the Year, Recognition of Professional Achievement, Excellence in Provider Engagement, and Rookie of the Year. All ACDIS Achievement Award winners have made measurable improvements in their organization and have gone above and beyond to advance the interests and best practices of the CDI profession. Nominate yourself or a peers by simply answering seven simple questions about your nominee. You'll just need to collect your thoughts about your peer and tell us why you think they're great! The nomination should only take about five minutes.

The ACDIS Events Committee will review all the nominations and select finalists. At that point, nominators may be asked to spill the beans and let their colleagues know about their nomination allowing them to submit additional details for evaluation.

We know there are amazing people across the country doing groundbreaking work in the field and we can't wait to honor them! Click on the links below to learn more about the qualifications for each of these prestigious awards:

  • 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. To read the bios of the CDI Professional of the Year award winners over the years, click here.
  • 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 three 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 and the broader community through enhancing medical staff understanding, collaboration, and engagement. 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

 

2020 ACDIS Achievement Award Winners

2020 CDI Professional of the Year
Robin Jones
BSN, MHA/Ed, CCDS
AdventHealth-West Florida Division

2020 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Valerie Parent
BSN, CCDS, CCRN-K
Northern Light Health

2020 Excellence in Provider Engagement
Karen Elmore
RN, CCDS
BJC HealthCare

2020 Rookie of the Year
Steven R. Ballantyne
BSN
Banner Health

2019 ACDIS Achievement Award Winners

CDI Professional of the Year
Tamara A. Hicks
RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCDS, ACM
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Paul Evans
RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P
Sutter Health West Bay Area

Excellence in Provider Engagement
Briggs Strelow
MD, CCDS
NYU Langone Health

Non-Traditional Setting CDI Professional Achievement
Barinder Gill
CCDS, CDIP, CCS
Optum 360 at Dignity Health

Rookie of the Year
Ashley Comiskey
MSN, RN
Baptist Health System

2018 ACDIS Achievement Award Winners

CDI Professional of the Year
Rebecca Willcutt
BSN, RN, CCDS, CCS, CRC
Cooper University Hospital

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement
Tracy Boldt
RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP
Essentia Health

Excellence in Provider Engagement
Vijeta Salunkhe
MBBS, MHA, MBA, CCDS, CCS
Baylor Scott and White McLane Children's Medical Center

Pediatric CDI Professional Achievement
Leah Savage
MSN, RN, CCDS
Baptist Health

Rookie of the Year
Heather Sandstrom-Schipma
RN, BSN
Dignity Health-St. Joseph's Hospital

2017 ACDIS Achievement Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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 Award Winners

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