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John Ernsting Award

June 26, 2018

John Ernsting Award

Christy Hileman, M.B.A., RHIA
   Established and sponsored by Environmental Tectonics Corporation in memory of Professor Ernsting. It is given for outstanding researchin altitude physiology, and/or longstanding exceptional performance in the education, development, and administration of Aerospace Medicine and related specialties.

   Christy Hileman, M.B.A., RHIA, CCS, is the 2018 recipient of the John Ernsting Award. She is being honored for her outstanding contributions to aviation safety. She is the team lead for the FAA Autopsy Program that processes the collection and maintenance of all U.S. aviation accidents’ aeromedical records. She also serves as a key member of the FAA’s Institutional Review Board and the White House Working Group for Medical Death Investigation System. She is exceptional in her performance in support of aerospace medicine efforts in education, research, and information systems administration. Since 2009 she has served as a mentor for CAMI, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, and Tulsa Community College to student interns seeking experience in the administration of medical records and aircraft accident investigation practices. She was instrumental in the development of the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine Aviation Accident Review Program and its associated data registry.
   Ms. Hileman obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1998 and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University in 2013. From 1998 to 1999, she was an Inpatient/Outpatient Coder at Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton, OK. She then became a Contract Coder at Forum in Oklahoma City until 2001. From 1999 to 2000, she was also Cancer Registrar at OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City. From 2000 to 2001, she worked as an Inpatient/Outpatient Coder at OU Medical Center. From 2000 to 2002, she also served as part-time Contract Cancer Registry at Coding Associates and Consultants, Oklahoma Surgery and Urology Center, Oklahoma City. In 2002, she then became a Consultant, Cancer Registry Services, also at Oklahoma Surgery and Urology Center. From 2001 to 2008, she was also Inpatient/Outpatient Coder at Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City. From 2008 to 2012, she became Autopsy Records Administrator for the FAA and then became Adjunct Instructional Specialist for the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City, a position she still holds. In 2012, she also took her current assignment as Team Coordinator, Autopsy Records Administrator.
   Ms. Hileman is a member of the Office of Justice/Health and Human Services Medicolegal Death Investigation Working Group, the American Health Information Management Association, the Oklahoma Health Information Management Association, and the Aerospace Medical Association. Her awards and honors include being nominated for Outstanding Team of the Year by the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine in 2008, CAMI Rising Star Award in 2009, Superior Accomplishment Team Award in 2010, being named an Outstanding Member by the Oklahoma Health Information Management Association in 2011, a Superior Accomplishment Award in 2012, the Vi Lipski Award for Integration for Rotorcraft Post-Crash Fire Investigation in 2014, Outstanding Support from the Transportation Safety Institute in 2015, FAA Significantly Exceeds Rating award in 2016, and was nominated for both CAMI and AAM Team of the Year (Autopsy Program Team) in 2017. She has authored or co-authored over 16 publications and news articles, has been interviewed several times for publications, and has over 20 presentations to her name.
   In the photo above, Christy Hileman (center), accepts the Ernsting award from AsMA President Martindale (left) and Bob Laurent (right), representing Environmental Tectonics Corp.