GIC HIMSS Scholarship Recipients

GIC HIMSS Scholarship Program 2020-2021

Purpose: To provide financial assistance and recognition to qualified students in accredited programs in health management, health information technology, management programs with a health focus, or technology programs with a focus in healthcare information technology.




            Kaela Redd                                              Karolyn Stahl, BSN, RN


Kaela Redd

As a graduate of Crane Medical Prep High School, I was introduced to the Health IT field through a partnership between my high school and Rush University Medical Center. Through this partnership I was able to earn an Epic Ambulatory certification and internship position as an Epic Systems Analyst at Rush, which I have had the pleasure of being a part of for the past two years. Through this experience, I was exposed to the variety of careers in Health IT and have been able to determine where I envision my role in Health IT in the future. I want to utilize artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to create applications that will help people manage their health, boost health literacy, and connect people to resources to that will help them make informed decisions for their own health.

Upon graduating high school, I received the Star Scholarship which allowed me to earn my Associate’s Degree from the City Colleges of Chicago at no cost. In the Spring of 2021, I will be transferring to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics with a minor Computer Science. Ultimately, I plan to obtain a Master’s Degree in Data Science to fulfill my future plans in Health IT.

Right now, we are living in unprecedented times. Higher education is now expected to be even less accessible considering that many students and parents have suddenly lost their jobs and their overall financial situations have drastically changed due to the pandemic. Scholarships such as this help provide tremendous support by making education more attainable. I would like to thank the GIC HIMMS Scholarship Selection Committee and Board of Directors for this opportunity. I hope to be able to one day create opportunities such as this, that are designed for those students who need financial assistance in order to solidify their future.


Karolyn Stahl, BSN, RN

I have always believed there is nothing better in life than coming to the aide of others. This core belief led to my career in nursing which started after completing my Associate Degree in Nursing from College of Lake County and quickly led to my completion of Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Leadership from National Louis University. Many invaluable experiences in neonatal intensive care, case management, EMR super user, home health, leadership and information technology have given me the gift to understand diverse clinical workflows, adapt to rapid changes and most importantly bridge the tremendous gap of understanding between the technical and clinical healthcare teams. These vast clinical experiences and skills gained during my 28- year journey led to an amazing job as a Nurse Informaticist with the system Health Informatics team at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL. During this year of pandemic and unprecedented times for the healthcare industry, I am excited to continue to challenge myself through continued education. I recently received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University and plan to gain my Masters of Science in Nursing with Nursing Informatics focus in the Fall 2021.  I would like to personally thank the Greater Illinois Chapter HIMSS for allowing me the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and continue my passion for nursing informatics.