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Local Chapter Update: Virginia, Illinois seek chapter leaders

CDI Strategies, February 11, 2016

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Local chapter activities represent an integral part of ACDIS’ mission to bring together CDI professionals for networking and educational purposes. Those who volunteer to lead one of the more than 40 networking groups help create a space for that mission to take place.

Over the years, chapter leaders have gone on to write books, win awards, become program managers for multi-system CDI efforts, and serve as ACDIS Advisory Board members. They earn accolades from their chapter peers for their endeavors, but their professional rewards and further integration in association efforts often mean so much more. In short, those who serve often find opportunity for professional growth in doing so.
As local chapters begin 2016 meeting planning, many need your help. Specifically, Florida, Illinois, Central Pennsylvania, and Virginia are seeking core leadership teammates. To be a local chapter leader, volunteers should live or work within the geographic region for which they are volunteering, be an active member of ACDIS, and have attended previous local chapter events.
For additional information about local chapter efforts, visit
Upcoming meetings include the following:
  • The Florida ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, February 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note the location as the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. The agenda includes presentations on ICD-10-CM/PCS, endovascular cardiac procedures, stroke, endocarditis, raffles, lunch, and more. The Florida Chapter seeks volunteers for new its 2016 leadership team. Deadline for registration was February 1. For information, email Joannie Crotts at
  • The Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter meets Friday, February 18, 1-4 p.m. For information, email Rita Fields at rita.fields@BHSI.COM.
  • The Central Pennsylvania ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, February 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lancaster General Suburban Outpatient Pavilion. The group is currently seeking additional volunteers to help the leadership committee in 2016. For information, email Lori LaFaver at
  • The Tennessee ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Tristar in Brentwood. RSVP by February 16, email Sherri Clark at
  • The Maryland ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, February 19, 1-3 p.m., at the Maryland Hospital Association in Elkridge. Glenn Krauss will present. For information, contact Kyle Jossi at
  • The Minnesota ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, February 24, for a teleconference. For information, contact Teresa Hegard at
  • The California ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, February 24, 9 a.m., for a webinar presentation regarding career ladders with Sherri Blanchard CDI Director for HCA Far West Division and ACDIS Associate Director Melissa Varnavas. For information, contact Emily Emmons,
  • The NYC5B (New York City Five Boroughs) ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, February 25, 5-7:30 p.m., at the Hospital for Special Surgery. For information, visit their blog or email
  • The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, February 26, at Trident Medical Center, in Charleston. For information, email PJ Floyd at floyp@musc.eduRegistration is currently closed for this event. Email PJ Floyd to reserve a spot on the waiting list in case of cancelations.
  • The Kansas City Missouri ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, March 8, at Olathe Medical Center. For information, contact
  • The Hawaii ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, March 9, noon to 2 p.m., at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. For information, email April Ramos at
  • The Virginia ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, March 12, in Richmond. For information, email Autumn Reiter at
  • The Massachusetts ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Mitchell Levy, MD, chief of critical care medicine and member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign executive committee will present. For information, email Aimee Van Balen at  
  • ACDIS Greater St. Louis Missouri Chapter meets Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-8 p.m. at Missouri Baptist. For information, contact Michael McKelvey
  • The Oregon Northwest Chapter of ACDIS meets Friday, May 6, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. For information, contact Karen Gray at

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