Winter 2014 Newseltter

December 2014 Newsletter

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Greetings from the President!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, I can’t believe that we are already at the end of 2014.

Looking Back – My first six months, as your President, have been a whirl-wind.  Although we have accomplished a lot, including hosted an education tract at the SDAHO Convention, developed and implemented a defined sponsorship program, completed our financial review, constructed a new website, and updated or created operational policies; there are things still to do, but we will come back to that.

Today – I would be remiss, if I did not take an opportunity at this point to say a few thank you’ s.  First, thanks to your faithful board members, who dedicated their time and talents to the furtherance of South Dakota HIMSS.  My second thank you goes to the general membership members who have volunteered to serve on the Program Committee, the Financial Review Committee, the Sponsorship Committee, the Bylaws Committee, and the multiple Communications Committees.  The chapter could not have accomplished so much without your enthusiasm and commitment.  Finally, I would like to sincerely thank the ladies that went before me as President; Patti, Dorine and BJ, we would not be where we are without the groundwork you put in place to help me succeed in this role.

Looking Forward – Hopefully you are asking yourself, what’s next, I believe 2015 will be a banner year.  We will host our first Clinical Informatics Boot Camp, along with our annual Health Information Technology Forum; see the website for details.  I also believe, we will start a study group for those wishing to pursue a HIMSS certification, and there is still work to be done in formalizing our operational procedures.  If you would like to assist the chapter in achieving some of these goals, please consider volunteering for one of the established committees.  Finally, the Nomination Committee will be looking for members interested in pursuing a board position, see separate article for details.

In closing, I would ask each of us to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the song that traditionally closes out each year, Auld Lang Syne.  It is said that the original poem called into question whether it is right that old times be forgotten, and goes on to call for the remembering of friendships and accomplishments.  This is a year I will not soon forget, first for the friendships cultivated and second for the trust you placed in me to lead our chapter.

Thank you and have a blessed new year.

Bobbi Jean Jarvinen, President

Win rooms for HIMSS15

This holiday season, HIMSS is giving you the chance to receive.

Register for HIMSS15 to be entered to win a complimentary four-night hotel stay* in Chicago during the conference! HIMSS15 is the destination for thousands of health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Experience exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge products, practical tools and resources, and unique and powerful networking to help you transform health and healthcare through IT. Register now to take advantage of discounted Early Bird rates and be entered to win one of three four-night hotel stays during HIMSS15. Winners will stay at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, The Drake Hotel or the Wit Hotel Chicago. To enter, submit a paid registration at the $745 level or greater between December 4, 2014 and January 5, 2015.** Register early for more chances to win! Advance, inspire and shape the future of health and healthcare at HIMSS15. Learn more.

*One of three complimentary four-night hotel stays from April 12, 2015 to April 16, 2015 during HIMSS15 at a four-star rated hotel (selected by HIMSS) in Chicago, Illinois. Prize includes room nights at group rate and tax only; incidentals will be the responsibility of the winner.

**See Official Rules for eligibility requirements.


Upper Great Plains Breakfast @ HIMSS15

Are you headed to the national HIMSS Conference 2015 (April 12-16) in Chicago?

The Upper Great Plains HIMSS Chapters will be hosting a luncheon.  Come network with your Upper Great Plains peers from South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.

The luncheon will be held in the Hyatt Regency McCormick attached to the convention center on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:30 AM-1:00 PM.  Registration fee is $35.  Hope to see you there!


Clinical Informatics Boot Camp -- Feb 12-13, 2015

This intensive two day course focuses on current informatics trends and is-sues in healthcare. It includes content for nurses interested in becoming Certified Informatics Nurses. Other clinical professionals working in informatics may wish to take the course to become exposed to the course topics. This program is approved for up to 14.5 continuing education (CE) hours.

This Boot Camp is sponsored by the Upper Great Plans HIMSS Chapters in Deadwood, SD.  Register by 1/22 to get the early bird rate.  For more information, please  see the SDHIMSS Events page or use this link.


The Website Committee Needs You!

 We need one or two more people that would like to be trained in website maintenance.  Please contact Jennifer Gholson, Communications Director, at if you’re interested.


Please Consider Volunteering

The Nominations Committee has formed and they will be looking for people willing to run for the following offices:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Director
  • Program Director

If you don’t want to commit to being on the board, there are several committees needing member volunteers.  If you would like to assist with a committee, please contact Bobbi Jean Jarvinen, SDHIMSS President ( or Denise Stover, SDHIMSS President-Elect ( ).

  • Bylaws Committee
  • Social Media Sub-committee
  • Website Sub-committee
  • Recruitment Sub-committee - this would be a new sub-committee of the Membership Committee.
  • Higher Education/Certifications Sub-committee - this would be a new sub-committee of the Program Committee.