SOURCE: Healthcare Financial Management Association

Healthcare Financial Management Association

April 16, 2015 12:39 ET

HFMA Selects Cathy Dougherty for Individual Achievement Award

WESTCHESTER, IL--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has chosen Cathy Dougherty as the recipient of the 2015 Frederick C. Morgan Individual Achievement Award. Dougherty, a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional and a Fellow of HFMA, is the 57th recipient of this award, which honors career-long contributions to HFMA and to the healthcare finance profession.

Dougherty began her HFMA affiliation in 1984 in the South Carolina chapter. After six years, she transferred her membership to the Georgia chapter, where she has been actively engaged since 1990. Noting that the Georgia chapter was inspired to create a distinguished mentorship award that bears Dougherty's name, HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer said, "Through her willingness to share her talents and her generosity of spirit, Cathy Dougherty has made a difference in the lives of countless HFMA members over the years. Her contributions to both her home chapters and her fellow members are unsurpassed."

Dougherty is vice president of revenue cycle management at Gwinnett Hospital System in Lawrenceville, Ga., where she has been employed since 1990.

Dougherty has served HFMA in many roles, including Georgia chapter president in 2005-06, a three-year term on the Revenue Cycle Forum from 2007-2010, and regional executive for Region 5 in 2013-14. At the national level, Dougherty is a recipient of the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold awards and the Founder's Medal of Honor. She also received the Ann P. Longshore Distinguished Service Award and the Charles H. Anderson President's Award, among others, from the Georgia Chapter. Additionally, in 2012, Dougherty was named as the first recipient of the Georgia Chapter's Cathy H. Dougherty Distinguished Mentor Award.

The Frederick C. Morgan Award will be presented during the Association's annual conference in Orlando, Fla., on June 25.

About HFMA 
With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation's premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. We help healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Our mission is to lead the financial management of health care.

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