The American Health Information Management Association presented Margaret Ledda, director of the Health Information Administration program at Stephens, with an award recognizing her and the College’s support of the organization.
Ledda accepted the award at the association’s annual convention held Sept. 26-30 in New Orleans.
The awards and certificate, presented at a private event, recognizes Stephens’ longtime commitment to HIA education. Stephens was the first in the country to offer distance learning for health information administration education.
“We’ve been a member of AHIMA for more than 40 years and helped them implement an accreditation process,” said Ledda, who directs the program. “The award was a complete surprise, but not surprising as we’ve enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship with the AHIMA foundation.”
Also during the convention, Ledda and Jackie Carney, an admissions counselor, were invited to man a booth at an upcoming Health Information Management event in Nevada. Attending the events allows Ledda to connect and work with two-year colleges to develop new articulation agreements. The agreements ensure that students will have a seamless transition if they transfer into Stephens’ HIA program. So far, 16 articulation agreements have been finalized, and about 30 more are in the works.
“We’re attending these conventions not only to recruit students, but to also make new connections with schools all over the country,” Ledda said.
The HIA program is entirely online and enrolls about 145 students.
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