M State program director awarded professional honor [UPDATED]Published 4:24am Monday, May 6, 2013 Updated 6:27am Monday, May 6, 2013
Carolyn Gaarder, program director and faculty member in the Health Information Technology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, has been selected as the 2013 Distinguished Member by the Minnesota Health Information Management Association.
The Distinguished Member is the highest honor awarded by MHIMA, the Minnesota affiliate of the national American Health Information Management Association.
Gaarder is a resident of Fargo and has been the HIT program director for 20 years.
To be considered for the Distinguished Member award, MHIMA members must have been involved in the organization for at least five years and contributed to the profession through: volunteer service to the organization, outstanding professional achievements, leadership in education, or research or publications. Gaarder will be recognized during the organization’s annual meeting and distinguished member luncheon.
The HIT program is offered online through M State’s eCampus. HIT professionals play a key role in health care teams, analyzing and managing health information for patient care, coding, reimbursement and planning.