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Mercyhealth congratulates Smithrud on prestigious award

Mercyhealth congratulates Smithrud on prestigious award

What's new at Mercyhealth | Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Mercyhealth is proud to congratulate employee Teresa Smithrud, on receiving the 2022 Wisconsin Health Information Association (WHIMA) Distinguished Member Award. Teresa is the Senior Director of Health Information Management (HIM), Clinical Research and Privacy Officer. This award is WHIMA’s highest award and is bestowed as a way to identify and honor outstanding members for their loyal service to the organization and their contributions to the profession. Recipients of this award have been active within WHIMA at all levels and have contributed through publication, teaching/educational presentations and administrative activities showing leadership, innovation and creativity.

“Teresa is a valuable member of the Mercyhealth team and very deserving of this honor for her contributions to the field,” said Ladd Udy, Vice President of Value-Based Care and Population Health. “She is a true expert on both health information management and privacy. This award demonstrates that her colleagues in the state recognize that as well. The work of HIM and privacy is not always visible because it’s largely an effort of problem avoidance, so doing it well results in few issues rising to the surface. Teresa’s a great asset to Mercyhealth and does an excellent job keeping us on the right side of the line with compliance.”

Smithrud had previously achieved lifetime honorary fellowship with WHIMA, an honor bestowed on only .02% of its members.