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AHIMA will present its 2020 Grace Award to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as part of today’s AHIMA20 Virtual Conference General Session. The award, which is named for AHIMA’s founder, Grace Whiting Myers, honors organizations that demonstrate excellence in health information management (HIM).

“It’s clear that CHOP is an exceptionally deserving recipient of the 2020 Grace Award,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. “Its health information team has created a culture of development and advancement, which has led to a high-performing unit that makes a positive impact on patient care.”

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is this year's Grace Award recipient.

As one of the top children’s hospitals in the country, CHOP welcomes patients from all over the world, often for medically complex care. The work of the health information team allows for precise digital assessments that drive a proper matching of care and resources. By incorporating and using analytics and electronic medical record tools, CHOP has lowered its average length of stay by a significant number of days. The hospital has also decreased its readmission rate.  

CHOP has been accredited as a Level 2 Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. CHOP earned this designation because it met the committee’s standards for reduced costs, quality of care, and patient experience.

“CHOP’s accomplishments truly exemplify the vital role the health information profession contributes to a healthcare system achieving its mission and vision,” said Grace Award Committee Chair Jennifer McManis, RHIT, CHC. “From developing leaders to embracing innovation and data analytics, the team models how to connect the health information profession to the organization.”

Stephen A. Young, RHIA, MBA, MSIS, Senior Director of HIM at CHOP, said the health information team is empowered by an organization that recognizes their resilience and adaptability, as well as the value of AHIMA credentials.

“Both AHIMA and CHOP play an important role in delivering high-quality healthcare to patients across the country,” Young said. “The health information professionals at CHOP are an amazing, interdisciplinary team. The vision of Grace Whiting Myers is embedded into our work and we’re honored to receive this award.”

The award will be presented today, during the AHIMA20 Virtual Conference General Session at 1:45-3:15 p.m. CT.

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