The Founders Merit Award Series is a series of awards that have been established to “Recognize the Volunteer in You.” This series rewards the individual member for volunteer activity on the local, regional and national level. This system has been established to promote continuous active participation in HFMA.
- The William G. Follmer Bronze Award
The award was named after William G. Follmer, who is credited with the creation of the American Association of Hospital Accountants (AAHA) which is now HFMA.
The award is granted after an individual has earned 25 member points.
- The Robert H. Reeves Silver Award
The award was named after Robert Reeves who was an organizing member of the AAHA, was elected president of AAHA in 1956 and was instrumental in creating the structure of AAHA. The award is granted after an individual has earned 59 member points.
- The Frederick T. Muncie Gold Award
The 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
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 of those years and remains a member in good standing. The award is conferred on the recommendation of the chapter’s board of directors.
The Robert M. Shelton Award for Sustained Chapter Excellence
This award is presented each year to a chapter judged as displaying exemplary service to members over a sustained period of the immediate past five years.
The Helen M. Yerger Award
This award recognized outstanding chapter performance in categories of Collaboration, Education, Improvement, Innovation, Member Communications, Member Service, and Membership Recruitment and Retention.
Recognizes a singular educational program.
- Member Communication
Recognizes a chapter’s overall member communications program, including newsletters, news briefs, hotline, audio/video and electronic communications.
- Membership Recruitment and Retention
Recognizes the plan, process, results and innovation of the chapter’s membership recruitment and retention process.
Recognizes a collaborative effort with another organization outside of HFMA.
Recognizes an innovative program, service or project
- Member Service
Recognizes excellence and results in a singular program, service or project.
Recognizes significant improvement in a program, service, project or overall chapter efforts.
This award recognizes chapters who have achieved outstanding performance in the areas of education, certification and membership growth and retention.
- Awards of Excellence for Education
Recognizes chapters that achieve outstanding performance in educational programming.
- Awards of Excellence for Certification
Recognizes chapters that achieve outstanding performance in certification support. The honor is based on an increase in the number of chapter members who pass a certification examination in the chapter year.
- Awards of Excellence for Membership Growth and Retention
Recognizes chapters that achieve outstanding performance in membership growth and retention. The honor is based on the percent of net membership growth at the end of the chapter year.The C. Henry Hottum Award for Educational Performance Improvement
Recognizes chapters that achieve a significant increase in educational performance from one year to the next. The award is based on exceptional growth in registrant hours over the last year.