CHIA President-elect Candidate Larry Smith

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Larry Smith


Relevant Health Information Professional Positions

  • Director, Health Information Services, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, 2014 - Current
  • Director, Health Information Management, Anahiem Regional Hospital, 2010 - 2014

Academic and Professional Degrees or Training Received

  • Master’s Degree: Health Administration, West Coast University, 2017
  • Bachelors Degree, Health Information Managment, Purdue Global, 2015
  • Associates Degree, Health Information Management, East Los Angeles College, 2008

Association Board Activities

  • CHIA, Director, 2018 - 2020
  • SCHIA, President, 2012 - 2013
  • SCHIA, President-Elect, 2011 - 2012

Association Committee/Task Force Activities

  • CHIA, Convention Committee
  • CHIA, Nominating Committee

Five Adjectives That Describe Personality and Leadership Style

Honesty, Humble, Respectful, Polite, Ethical

Position Statement

The President-elect candidates were asked to respond to the following question: Given CHIA’s vision, mission and strategic initiatives, what do you consider are CHIA’s highest priorities and what are your thoughts on how to best achieve them?

In today’s health care environment, the challenges facing many organizations are numerous and CHIA is not immune. CHIA is suffering from decreased membership, challenges in volunteerism and the perceived decline of the health information profession. However, our Association has taken steps to stay ahead of these challenges with a new vision, mission and strategic initiatives that align its goals with the changing tide of our beloved profession. The first priority for CHIA is to engage the membership. This can and should be performed by ensuring all members feel they are part of a community that provides them value and benefits along with promoting the respected work performed to improve health and secure patient information. To do this, it must be a priority to continue being member focused, which will require finding out their concerns, fears and the next steps in HIM evolution. In addition, membership will be required to increase volunteerism as this is crucial for the Association to remain viable as it to works to promote health information management throughout the health care continuum.

Secondly, CHIA must partner with other varying types of organizations that will provide greater benefit and value for its members, while exposing the membership to new trains of thought and the ability to interact on a greater scale with other thought-provoking leaders outside the HIM profession. This can be potentially accomplished by seeking out like-minded organizations and collaborating to improve data integrity. While at the same time CHIA should work with entities that may not see things in the same light. This will ensure CHIA and its membership are aware and prepared for challenges to how health information is developed, maintained and transferred. Increasing the awareness of our profession and professional organization to others will only strengthen HIM.

Lastly, although mentioned briefly above, volunteerism has to move higher on the priority scale. Our ability to survive is codependent upon individual members providing time and energy to improving CHIA. Educating members on the rewards and benefits of volunteering can be daunting but it is a challenge for which the Association must rise to the occasion. CHIA should inform the membership regarding the skills learned while volunteering and how these skills can easily translate into promotable skills within their careers.

The challenges facing our Association and profession are not ones that can be easily handled by the CHIA Board alone. They will require a concerted effort of all CLAs, members and the CHIA Board to ensure our vision and mission is widely recognized by not only the health care community but everyone whom works, interacts or legislates the health care environment.

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