Barbara Ann Siegel, ART, RHIT, who served as the president of AHIMA and the organization’s New York state chapter, died on April 19, 2020, at the age of 71.
Born and raised in Akron, OH, she was a graduate of Buchtel High School. She attended Miami of Ohio University and completed her bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at New Paltz and her master of science degree from The New School for Social Research, graduating summa cum laude from both institutions.
Siegel began her career as a director of medical records at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Westchester County, NY, and went on to oversee teams of people as the director of medical records at Nyack Hospital in Rockland County; the Valley Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey; and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan.
She spent more than three decades building and managing health information infrastructure. She was heavily entrenched in the world of health information management (HIM), at one point testifying in Washington, DC on behalf of AHIMA as its president on the importance of developing a system for electronic health records.
Siegel also was a frequent speaker at industry conferences, at times speaking to thousands of people, on the outlook for HIM and digitization of medical records.
Throughout her career, Siegel was involved as a leader at the highest levels of her state and national health information associations. Her dedication to the profession was recognized with numerous awards.
Siegel always had a positive and optimistic attitude. She had a fierce work ethic which was evidenced by her dedication to continued learning within the field of HIM. She was also a staunch advocate of fostering the growth of her employees. Siegel was a deeply loved and respected professional and will always be remembered for her contributions to the HIM community.
Siegel is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Fred Siegel; daughter Amy and son-in-law Andrew; son Eric and daughter-in-law Allison; five beautiful grandchildren, Logan, Raya, Aiden, Charlie, and Chase; brother Mark Friedman; and many dear friends and colleagues.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.
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