In Memory of Deborah Balentine

March 7, 1959 – April 15, 2024

Deborah Balentine was a positive force in the Health Information industry and a dedicated educator.  She was also a consistent, dedicated friend and colleague. To know Deborah is to know that she was serious about everything she did. She took life by the reigns and rode it out, without ever missing a beat. She was funny and a joy to be around.  She hardly ever said no when asked to do something; no matter if it was family, friend, colleague, or student.

Speaking of her students, they couldn’t say enough about how she would go the extra, extra mile to help them achieve their goals. Deborah loved her husband, her cat, her family, her friends, and her students. I cannot say enough words to describe how she touched so many lives with her warm and inviting spirit.  She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

If any of you had the chance to meet her or work with her, you know how diligent and committed she was to her work and the students.  She would work one one-on-one with many students to help them grasp the concept of coding.  She was a dedicated HIM professional and educator.

Deborah A. Balentine, M.Ed., RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CHTS-TR started working for the City Colleges of Chicago in 2013. The first Campus that she worked for was Truman College. She also worked for Kennedy-King College and Dawson Technical Institute.

Deborah A. Balentine was also a graduate of the HIT program at Truman College – Deb would say: “way back in the stone age (LOL!)”. She worked in several CCC departments including Professional Development (Continuing Education), the Adult Education Department, and most recently as an Adjunct Instructor.

As for her professional career, she worked in a number of Healthcare settings including Medical Foundations, Physician Practices, Preferred Provider Organizations, and Military Hospitals. Deborah Balentine was the sitting President of the Chicago Area Health Information Management Association and served as a Council Member of the AHIMA Professional Coding Accreditation Program.

Professional Organizations:

  • AHIMA 1994 – Present
  • ILHIMA 1994 – Present
  • CAHIMA 1994 – Present
  • CAHIMA Board President 2017 – Present
  • CAHIMA Education Committee/Chair 2006 – 2016
  • American College of University Educators 2018 – Present

Advisory Board Memberships:

  • Northwestern College, HIT
  • Rasmussen College, HIT