GMercyU Alumna to Serve as President of PA Health Information Management Association

Gwynedd Mercy University alumna Stephanie Donovan, EdD will become the president of the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) Board of Directors next month.

Founded in 1938, PHIMA is a non-profit organization that supports more than 3,000 health information management professionals and students throughout Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest state associations in the country within the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

"I am honored and excited to serve as president of the PHIMA Board of Directors and help support our members," said Donovan. "Health information management plays a critical role in the quality and security of our nation's healthcare system and presents great career opportunities for the residents of Pennsylvania and the region. I look forward to continuing my work with my colleagues at PHIMA to support our mission."

Dr. Donovan, a resident of Doylestown, Pa., has worked in the outpatient setting and has held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels of AHIMA, including serving as State Advocacy Coordinator for PHIMA, and as an appointed member of the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education. She currently serves on Albert Einstein's Institutional Review Board (IRB) as a secondary reviewer for research involving human subjects.

"We are honored that Dr. Donovan will serve as our new president," said PHIMA Executive Director Linda McLinden, RHIA. "Her background as both a practitioner and educator will help us advance our mission to empower people to impact health in a world where trusted information transforms health and healthcare by connecting people, systems, and ideas."

She earned both her Associate and Bachelor's in Health Science from the then Gwynedd-Mercy College; her Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University; and her Doctorate in Higher Education from Delaware Valley University. She is a certified Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and is currently the faculty chair for healthcare and human services leadership programs at Peirce College.