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Forum to focus on values in leadership

Beth Haenke Just

Beth Haenke Just

The College will hold its annual Health Informatics and Information Management forum on Oct. 11, giving professionals a chance to learn about leadership best practices in this fast-growing field.

The 2016 LaTour/Eichenwald Forum on HIIM Leadership and Innovation, named in honor of pioneering St. Scholastica HIIM professors Kathy LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki, is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in Somers Lounge on the Duluth campus. The event is free and open to the public.

LaTour and Maki retired from St. Scholastica's HIIM Department after a combined seven-plus decades of national leadership in education and in the profession.

St. Scholastica alumna and Board of Trustees member Beth Haenke Just will deliver the keynote address, titled "HIM Leadership: Benedictine Values and their Influence in Growing Great Leaders." Just is CEO, founder and president of Just Associates, Inc., a healthcare data integration consulting firm focused on identity data integrity, data migration and health information exchange. As an HIM and information technology professional, she has experience working with all types and sizes of healthcare organizations.

Just served on the American Health Information Management Association Board of Directors from 2009-11, and volunteers her expertise to the Colorado Telehealth Network. She has also served as president of the Colorado Health Information Management Association and on numerous CHIMA and AHIMA committees and work groups. Just Associates, Inc. was recognized in 2014 as a "Colorado Company to Watch" for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state.

Ryan Sandefer, chair of the Health Information and Informatics Management Department, said Just is nationally recognized for her leadership in the industry.
"She is also committed to the College, as demonstrated by her volunteerism on the Board of Trustees," Sandefer said.

Health care professionals are invited to gain new knowledge and enjoy networking opportunities. For more details, a registration link, and live streaming of the event, visit

St. Scholastica founded the country's first medical records degree program in 1935, the forerunner discipline of today's Health Informatics and Information Management, and has been a leader in the fast-growing field ever since. The industry has a strong future job outlook. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 17 percent growth rate over the next decade for HIIM and related careers.