Founders Merit Awards
- Established in 1960
- Recognizes the individual member
- Founders years: June 1 to May 31
- The William G. Follmer Bronze Award (25 points)
- The Robert H. Reeves Silver Award (50 points)
- The Frederick T. Muncie Gold Award (75 points)
- The Founders Medal of Honor Conferred by nomination of the Chapter Board of Directors
The Healthcare Financial Management Association recognizes that its strength lies in volunteers, who contribute their time, ideas, and energy to serve the healthcare industry, their profession and one another. Active participation in HFMA at the national, regional and/or chapter levels provides members with numerous opportunities for professional development, information, networking, and advocacy. Established in 1960, the Founders Merit Award Series acknowledges the contributions made by HFMA members. These awards are part of a merit-rating plan in which specific activities are assigned a range of point values.
The Founders Merit Award Series was revised in April 2004, returning to its core purpose of “Recognizing the Volunteer in You”. Point categories were adjusted to reflect volunteer activity only – eliminating the accumulation of point allocations and award levels were simultaneously adjusted.
HFMA encourages continuous active participation at the local and national levels. Therefore, the point system and award levels have been established to promote continuous active participation in HFMA.
The William G. Follmer Bronze Award is awarded after an individual has earned 25 member points. The award is named after William G. Follmer, who is credited with the creation of the American Association of Hospital Accountants (AAHA) (now HFMA).
The Robert H. Reeves Silver Award is awarded to an individual who has earned 50 total member points. Reeves, an organizing member of the AAHA, was elected president of AAHA in 1956 and was instrumental in creating the structure of AAHA.
The Frederick T. Muncie Gold Award is presented to a member who has earned a total of 75 member points. This award honors Frederick T. Muncie, an organizing member of the AAHA, and the first president of the association (1947-1949). Muncie also assisted in the organization of the first AAHA chapter (First Illinois).
The Founders Medal of Honor was added in 1986 and is conferred by nomination of the Chapter Board of Directors. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has been actively involved in HFMA for at least three years after earning the Muncie Gold Award, has provided significant service at the chapter, regional and/or national level in at least two those years, and remains a member in good standing. A chapter may nominate members for this award at any time during the year.
- Points to be entered by the chapter and earned by members during the prior fiscal year are reported by the Chapter’s Founders Award Chairperson to HFMA National by the first of August each year. Points to entered by National and earned by members during the prior fiscal year are entered by the same date.
- After August 1, points are totaled and an award list is generated for each chapter. The Chapter’s Founders Award Chairperson verifies the list, and the awards are then ordered. Awards are presented to individuals by the chapter.
- Although HFMA National and the chapters track most member points, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual member to report points earned to the Chapter’s Founders Award Chairperson, who serves as a liaison to HFMA National. Member points are automatically transferred from one chapter to another.
- Retroactive scoring of points for all categories is permissible if appropriate documentation is provided. However, NO point adjustments are made for activities prior to the June 2004 conversion.
- No points are earned for serving terms of office of less than one-half of a chapter’s fiscal year for any category; services a member is paid to perform; for chapter participation prior to HFMA membership.
- Chapter members can view their Founders points on the HFMA National web site under Membership, Manage My Account , in their person profiles through the membership directory area at: http://www.hfma.org. Any discrepancies between points awarded and points earned should be reported to the Chapter’s Founders Award Chairperson.
Frederick C. Morgan Award
This individual achievement award is the highest personal award presented by HFMA and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of healthcare financial management. Chapter leaders or members submit nominations for the Morgan Award on a prescribed form.
Candidates need not be members of HFMA. Officers and directors of HFMA and members of the Morgan Award Judging Committee are not eligible during their terms of office. Each year, HFMA’s Chairman appoints a committee of HFMA members to judge the various candidates and select a Morgan Award recipient. The nominees are reviewed anonymously (all references to names are obliterated on the form) based on a number of criteria, including:
- Accomplishments and contributions to the healthcare financial management field
- Voluntary leadership service as well as awards earned within HFMA
- Accomplishments and contributions in state, regional and national healthcare activities other than financial management
- Articles published
- Lectures and presentations
The deadline for submitting Morgan Award nominations is February 28th each year. The award is presented at Annual National Institute. The recipient is presented with a handsome plaque. The only member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter who has received this award is:
Northeast Ohio Chapter Award
Dale W. Reed Award
At the Directors and Officers’ meeting on November 14, 1967, the Northeast Ohio Chapter established the Dale W. Reed Award for outstanding achievement. This award is given to the member who accumulates the most points based on attendance, service, membership, papers and special projects.