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An HIM Author and Educator
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AHIMA at Work for You
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A Critical Facet of Leadership
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Receiving a Gift at the Right Time
An AHIMA Foundation scholarship could not have come at a better time for Montien
Miller, MSHI, BSN, RN. Miller received the John Kloss Memorial Veteran Scholarship
(named in honor of the late husband of former AHIMA CEO Linda Kloss) while she
was battling breast cancer in 2017.
“I was really struggling to finish my education,” says Miller, a senior application
coordinator at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. In fact, she took
a year off from pursuing her master’s degree in health informatics from Temple
University during her treatment. “I only needed two classes to finish, but when I was
going through chemotherapy and radiation therapy and tried to resume my normal
activities, I just didn’t have the strength and stamina,” she says.
When Miller received the Foundation scholarship, it gave her the emotional boost
she needed to finish—along with some much-needed financial support. “The
scholarship validated what I was doing and pushed me to finish my program while I
was overcoming tremendous personal obstacles,” Miller says. “It was a great morale
booster, and it also helped me financially by offsetting some of the expenses of my
education.” With help from the scholarship and a lot of hard work, she completed her
degree on May 10, 2018, the one-year anniversary of her last day of chemotherapy.
Miller, who currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, served for 12 years as a
medic and a licensed practical nurse in the army from 1986 through 1998. Her tours
included Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, and Korea.
When Miller left the service, she put herself through nursing school and later
discovered her love of informatics. Today, she builds and maintains the electronic
health record for the emergency department at Temple University Hospital. “I was able
to make the transition from being a nurse educator to working in health IT,” she says.
“It’s like I have the best of both worlds. I’m still connected to the healthcare field, but
I’m able to do patient care in a different way through the computer.”
Now cancer-free for nearly three years, Miller is feeling strong and proud of her
accomplishments. Since completing her degree, she has encouraged some of her
colleagues to apply for the scholarship as well.
She also uses her story to inspire AHIMA members to donate to the Foundation. “The
money goes such a long way to help people in so many different ways,” she says. “Any
assistance we can get makes such a difference in our ability to concentrate and excel in
our program. The contributions really help push us forward to finish these programs
that we start. Sometimes starting is easy, but finishing can be harder.”