100 hospital and health system CIOs to know | 2015
Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to present the 2015 edition of "100 hospital and health system CIOs to know."
This list includes CIOs and other executive-level information technology leaders from hospitals and health systems across the country. They have demonstrated excellence in leadership by tackling the challenging world of health IT and innovating during a time of change in the industry.
Leaders were selected through an editorial review process. Nominations were considered.
Note: Leaders cannot pay for inclusion on this list. They are presented in alphabetical order.
Roni Amiel. CIO and CISO of Blythedale Children's Hospital (Valhalla, N.Y.). Mr. Amiel has served in his current position at Blythedale Children's since June 2011. He previously was CIO and CISO of the office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York's Health Department. In addition to overseeing information technology at Blythedale Children's, Mr. Amiel also writes about information technology and leadership, contributing pieces to publications like Executive Insight, For the Record and CIO Review.
Jay Anderson. Senior Vice President of Performance Improvement and CIO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago). Mr. Anderson has helped develop quality, patient safety and information management services at NMHC, the parent company of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. He has previous leadership experience with NMHC, serving as the vice president of quality and operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Before coming to NMHC, Mr. Anderson served as an officer in the Navy's Nuclear Power Program and at General Electric. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mary Alice Annecharico, RN. Senior Vice President and CIO of Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). Ms. Annecharico has served as senior vice president and CIO of Henry Ford Health System since December 2011. Prior to joining Henry Ford, she served as CIO of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and University Hospitals in Cleveland. Ms. Annecharico also serves as editor for the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Information Management.
Pamela Arora. Senior Vice President and CIO of Children's Health System of Texas (Dallas). Before assuming her duties as vice president and CIO of Children's Health System of Texas, formerly Children's Medical Center Dallas, Ms. Arora served as CIO of Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care and Perot Systems, an IT services provider that was acquired by Dell in 2009. Under her leadership, in 2010 Children's Health System of Texas achieved Stage 7 of HIMSS EMR Adoption Model, earned the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in 2013 for quality and performance improvement and received the AHIMA Grace Award for excellence in health information management. Additionally, Children's was the first pediatric hospital to connect to the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership HIE.
Daniel Barchi. CIO of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Health System. Mr. Barchi has served as CIO of Yale-New Haven Health System, which consists of three hospitals and a medical group, since 2010. Before then, he served as senior vice president and CIO of Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Va. Mr. Barchi is also a member of the Military Health System advisory council to assist Epic and IBM should they receive the contract to design and develop the Department of Defense's upgraded EHR and information systems.
Mark D. Barner. Senior Vice President and CIO of Ascension Health and CEO of Ascension Health Information Services (St. Louis). Mr. Barner has served as CIO of Ascension since 2008. Additionally, he oversees Ascension Health Information Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascension Health dedicated to health IT for the system's 28 health ministries. He previously served as CIO of Austin, Texas-based Seton Healthcare Family and oversaw government contracts with Plano, Texas-based Electronic Data Systems for 19 years.
Tom Barnett. Vice President of Health IT for NorthShore University HealthSystem (Skokie, Ill.). Since June 2013, Mr. Barnett has served as NorthShore University HealthSystem's vice president of healthcare information technology. Mr. Barnett has a 17-year-long background in information technology. Prior to joining NorthShore University HealthSystem, he served as vice president and executive director of application services and IT operations at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and program director for Affiliated Computer Services in Dallas.
Jayne Bassler. Senior Vice President and CIO of Florida Hospital (Orlando). Ms. Bassler joined Florida Hospital in January 2000 as assistant vice president of clinical performance improvement, earning a series of progressive promotions until she was appointed to her current role as senior vice president and CIO. Under her leadership, Florida Hospital has been named "Most Wired" three years in a row by Hospital and Health Networks and has reached Stage 6 status on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model for four hospitals. Prior to Florida Hospital, Ms. Bassler worked for Volusia Medical Center in Orange City, Fla., as director of professional services.
Heath Bell. Vice President of Revenue Cycle and CIO of KishHealth System (DeKalb, Ill.). Mr. Bell has been with KishHealth since 2006 when he joined as CIO. In 2010 he added vice president of revenue cycle to his title. During Mr. Bell's tenure at KishHealth, the system has twice been named to Hospital and Health Networks' "Most Wired" hospitals and health systems list. Prior to joining KishHealth, Mr. Bell served as CIO at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and as director of IT at Sumter Regional Hospital, now Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, in Americus, Ga. He is an active member of HIMSS and CHIME.
Chris Belmont. Vice President and CIO of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston). Mr. Belmont stepped into his current role at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in September 2013, before which he served as system vice president and CIO at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans for nearly five years. Mr. Belmont was responsible for overseeing the Epic EHR rollouts at both Ochsner and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center system locations.
Aurelia G. Boyer, RN. Senior Vice President and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NYP Healthcare System (New York City). Ms. Boyer originally joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 1993 as a project manager for clinical information systems before being promoted to director in 1996 and to vice president in 1998. She assumed her current role as CIO in 2003, and her responsibilities include overseeing strategic IT direction, managing day-to-day IT operations, establishing technology priorities and making investment decisions.
David Bradshaw. Chief Information, Planning and Marketing Officer of Memorial Hermann Healthcare (Houston). Mr. Bradshaw joined 11-hospital Memorial Hermann Healthcare in 1997 as CIO. Under his leadership, Memorial Hermann was named one of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the country by Hospitals & Health Networks for the ninth consecutive year in 2013. Prior to his time at Memorial Hermann, he worked for IBM for 13 years.
Chad Brisendine. CIO of St. Luke's University Health Network (Bethlehem, Pa.). Mr. Brisendine became St. Luke's University Health Network's CIO in 2009. In 2013, he received Lehigh Valley's "40 Under 40" award. Under Mr. Brisendine's guidance, St. Luke's aligned the health system's delivery infrastructure with new EHR applications. He also oversaw the EMR adoption and implementation of the health system and achieved HIMSS' EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 recognition. Prior to joining St. Luke's, Mr. Brisendine was with CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas, as the corporate director for new technology and delivery. He also served as regional CIO for CHRISTUS Health.
Arlyn Broekhuis. Vice President and CIO of Sanford Health (Fargo, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D.). Mr. Broekhuis has worked for Sanford Health since 1982. During his years with the system, he has held various positions in IT. As CIO, he oversees a 600-person IT department and an annual budget of roughly $100 million. Sanford Health was named a "Most Wired" organization in 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks under Mr. Broekhuis' leadership.
Geoffrey Brown. CIO of Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta). Mr. Brown has served as the CIO of Piedmont Healthcare since September 2014. He previously served as senior vice president and CIO of Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System. There, Mr. Brown led the system's hospitals to Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Scale and oversaw the system's Epic implementation. Mr. Brown received the CHIME fifth annual State Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership in 2013.
Paul Browne. Senior Vice President of Applied Clinical Informatics and CIO of Tenet Healthcare (Dallas). Mr. Browne has served as Tenet's senior vice president of applied clinical informatics since June 2012 and CIO since October 2012. Mr. Browne launched Tenet's health information technology initiative, IMPACT, which stands for Improving Patient Care Through Technology. He has also worked to ensure the for-profit system remains in line with the stages of meaningful use and converting to ICD-10.
Jon Burns. Senior Vice President and CIO of University of Maryland Medical System (Baltimore). Mr. Burns leads information technology services, supply chain strategies, integration and operations across the 12-hospital medical system. He first joined UMMS in 2006 after serving Cleveland Clinic Health System as the senior executive of information technology and leading technology services at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He also served as chief technology officer for Cleveland Clinic's online care delivery model. Mr. Burns previously held leadership positions at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System.
Bobbie Byrne, MD. Vice President and CIO of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare (Naperville and Elmhurst, Ill.). Following the completion of the merger between Naperville, Ill.-based Edward Hospital and Elmhurst (Ill.) Healthcare in July 2013, Dr. Byrne was named system vice president and CIO. Since 2009, Dr. Byrne has served in the same capacity for Edward Hospital, a role she maintains today. Before joining Edward Hospital, she served as clinical director of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, an IT developmental nonprofit organization based in Chicago.
Deborah Cancilla. CIO of PinnacleHealth System (Harrisburg, Pa.). Ms. Cancilla joined PinnacleHealth as CIO in 2014 and is spearheading the centralization of the organization's IT system. Prior to joining PinnacleHealth, she was senior vice president and CIO of Grady Health System in Atlanta. In her time there, she moved the system from HIMSS level 1 to level 6 in two years. Ms. Cancilla holds an MBA from Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Mike Canfield. Vice President of Operations and CIO of Firelands Regional Medical Center (Sandusky, Ohio). Mr. Canfield joined Firelands Regional Medical Center in 2011 as vice president of information systems before adding CIO to his title in 2013. With more than 25 years of IT experience, he has served in numerous IT roles. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Canfield served as director of IT business management office and program management at Kaiser Permanente Ohio.
Dedra Cantrell, RN. CIO of Emory Healthcare (Atlanta). When Ms. Cantrell was named CIO of Emory in 2000, she became the first woman and the first nurse to hold the position and oversee the IT infrastructure for the entire hospital system, which includes five hospitals, several clinics and physician practices. In her tenure as CIO, Ms. Cantrell led the implementation of the system's EHR and established Emory as one of the first systems to enable worldwide access to the EHR in real time. Ms. Cantrell also currently serves as the associate director for enterprise clinical informatics at Emory's Center for Clinical Informatics and as deputy CIO for the Office of Information Technology at Emory University.
Marc Chasin, MD. Vice President and CIO/CMIO of St. Luke's Health System (Boise, Idaho). Dr. Chasin was named to his current role at St. Luke's Health System in November 2012, though has been with the system since 2010. In addition to his leadership roles, he is a board member of the Idaho Health Data Exchange and chair of the Care Everywhere Network at Epic Systems. Dr. Chasin oversaw the implementation of the Epic EHR at St. Luke's. Previously, he served as a managing partner for First Care Physicians Associates from 2001 to 2006 and served in several capacities at Bon Secours Charity Health System in Suffern, N.Y., including CMO and CMIO.
Kumar Chatani. Executive Vice President and CIO of Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). Mr. Chatani's career as CIO of Mount Sinai Health System dates back to 2011, prior to which he served as CIO for the Northwest region of Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore. Under Mr. Chatani's leadership, Mount Sinai Health System won the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award in 2012 and one of the hospitals under his direction received the HIMSS Stage 6 EMR Award.
David Chou. CIO of University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson). Mr. Chou has served as CIO of University of Mississippi Medical Center since August 2013. Previously, he served in a variety of leading IT roles, including senior director of IT operations of Cleveland Clinic-Abu Dhabi, a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; CIO of AHMC Healthcare in Alhambra, Calif.; and director of information systems at Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Prime Health Care, among others.
Charles Christian. Vice President and CIO of St. Francis Hospital (Columbus, Ga.). Mr. Christian's healthcare career spans 40 years. He joined St. Francis Hospital in January 2013, and before that, he served as CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind., for 23 years. Currently, he is also the 2015 chairman of CHIME. He is the former chairman of the board of HIMSS. In 2010, he was recognized with the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award from CHIME and HIMSS.
George Conklin. Senior Vice President and CIO of CHRISTUS Health (Irving, Texas). Mr. Conklin has served as senior vice president and CIO of nonprofit, international CHRISTUS Health since its inception in 1999. At the start, Mr. Conklin was responsible for merging and integrating the technical operations of two delivery systems into a single new information management system. Now he oversees information systems across the entire 60-hospital system. Mr. Conklin also serves on the board for Greater Houston Healthconnect, a health information exchange organization.
Myra Davis. Senior Vice President of Information Services and CIO of Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). Ms. Davis has served as senior vice president of information services and CIO of Texas Children's Hospital since December 2012. Under her leadership, the hospital earned a designation as a "Most Wired" hospital from Hospitals & Health Networks. The hospital uses an enterprise data warehouse solution to help make EHR data more actionable. Previously, she served for five years as the hospital's vice president of information systems. She earned a master's degree in software engineering from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn.
Randy Davis. Vice President of Support Services and CIO of CGH Medical Center (Sterling, Ill.). Mr. Davis currently serves as vice president of support services and CIO of CGH Medical Center. Prior to becoming a CIO, Mr. Davis spent 30 years running physician multispecialty group practices as an administrator. Before it became integrated with CGH Medical Center in 2011, he served as administrator of Sterling (Ill.) Rock Falls Clinic.
Edith Dees. Vice President and CIO of Holy Spirit Health System (Camp Hill, Pa.). Since August 2005, Ms. Dees has served as vice president and CIO of Holy Spirit Health System. Previously, she served as senior vice president and CIO of St. Mary's Health System in Lewiston, Maine. Other prior roles include outsourced consulting, interim IT leadership and IT patient care services manager at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Jocelyn G. DeWitt, PhD. Vice President and CIO of University of Wisconsin Health (Madison). Dr. DeWitt was named vice president and CIO of UW Health in 2012. In this role, she leads the UW Health Information Services Department in reducing redundant work, improving support paths for customers, making information delivery services more efficient and developing strategic plans for IT infrastructure and apps. Dr. DeWitt came to UW Health from University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor, where she served as CIO and developed the strategy and funding for a seven-year, $300 million EHR project.
Frank DiSanzo. CIO and Chief Strategy Officer of St. Peter's Healthcare System (New Brunswick, N.J.). Mr. DiSanzo began his duties as CIO and chief of strategy of St. Peter's Healthcare System, which includes St. Peter's University Hospital, in 2008. As CIO, his responsibilities include overseeing the entire IT and telecommunications operations for the system as well as creating IT strategy and leading multiple EHR implementations. Prior to joining St. Peter's, Mr. DiSanzo served as CIO of Staten Island (N.Y.) University Hospital.
Jake Dorst. CIO of Tahoe Forest Hospital (Truckee, Calif.). Mr. Dorst has served as CIO of Tahoe Forest Hospital since August 2014. Most recently, he served dual roles as vice president and CIO of Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health. Prior to that, he was CIO of Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va., a position he held for nearly six years. Other positions include various IT leadership roles with Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, The Kings Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Ind., and Key Solutions, an IT and services company.
Dick Escue. CIO of Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs, Colo.). Since September 2013, Mr. Escue has served in his current role as Valley View Hospital CIO. Throughout his 27-year-long career, he has served in several different roles and healthcare settings. Most recently, he was president of St. Louis-based Bick Health. Before that, he worked as an independent consultant, senior vice president and CIO of RehabCare Group, vice president and CIO of St. Louis-based Mercy health system and vice president and CIO of Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care.
Frank Fear. Vice President of Ancillary Services and CIO of Memorial Healthcare (Owosso, Mich.). Mr. Fear first joined Memorial Healthcare as CIO in May 2007, before becoming vice president of ancillary services and CIO in January 2014. In 2014, Mr. Fear achieved professional certification from CHIME, the highest standard of professional development for healthcare CIOs. Among his accomplishments at Memorial, Mr. Fear worked with the hospital's integration partner to develop a dashboard gathering data from multiple systems to automate its tracking and reporting processes, helping the hospital achieve stage 1 of meaningful use. Now, the dashboard is being used by more than 100 hospitals across the country.
Ferdinand Feola. CIO of Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, Pa.). Mr. Feola has held the position of CIO at Pocono Health System since October 2013. Prior to his current role, he served as strategic project manager at the hospital, responsible for overseeing the operations of the hospital's strategic projects in health IT. Mr. Feola's IT experience spans various industries, having previously filled IT roles in banking with Keystone Savings Bank and in radio with KNBT, a San Antonio, area station.
Jeff Ferranti, MD. Vice President of Medical Informatics and CIO of Duke University Health System (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Ferranti has served in numerous roles at Duke University Health System since joining in 2003, including newborn ICU fellow, director of pediatric informatics and computerized patient safety initiatives, associate CIO, CMO and neonatologist. Since June 2013, Dr. Ferranti has served as vice president for medical informatics and CIO of the system. In this role, he led Duke's enterprise-wide Epic installation across four hospitals and 300-plus ambulatory clinics.
James S. Fine, MD. CIO of University of Washington Medicine (Seattle). Dr. Fine is a board-certified pathologist and serves as professor and chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UW Medicine. For nearly 10 years, Dr. Fine has led IT operations for the University of Washington Medical Center and School of Medicine, UW Neighborhood Clinics and UW Physicians. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, completed an internship at St. Paul (Minn.)-Ramsey Medical Center and did his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Indranil Ganguly. Vice President and CIO of JFK Health (Edison, N.J.). Mr. Ganguly has served as vice president and CIO of JFK Health since November 2013. He is also a fellow of CHIME, where he serves on the board of directors. Prior to joining JFK Health System, Mr. Ganguly was vice president and CIO of Freehold, N.J.-based CentraState Healthcare System, a role he served for more than 14 years. At the same time, he served in various leadership roles with HIMSS, including chair of the public policy committee, board member and president.
Dave Garrett. Senior Vice President and CIO of Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Mr. Garrett joined Novant Health in October 2008 as the system's senior vice president and CIO. With more than 40 years of IT experience across several industries, including banking, hospitality and healthcare, Mr. Garrett has spent 30 years in healthcare. Prior to his current role, he was senior vice president and CIO at Palmetto Health in Columbia, S.C., and CIO at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Fla. Mr. Garrett is a member of HIMSS and CHIME.
Joy Grosser. Vice President and CIO of UnityPoint Health (West Des Moines, Iowa). Ms. Grosser has served as vice president and CIO of UnityPoint since 2009. Under her leadership, UnityPoint has earned a title as one of the nation's "Most Wired Health Systems" by Hospitals & Health Networks multiple times and implemented a new EHR, medical imaging system, analytics system and a patient portal. Ms. Grosser brings eight years of experience from her role as CIO at the University of California Irvine Health Sciences System. Prior to that, she served in IT leadership roles at Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola University Health System and Kansas City, Mo.-based Health Midwest. Ms. Grosser earned a master's degree in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
John Halamka, MD. Senior Vice President of Information Systems and CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). Dr. Halamka was named CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1998. In this role, Dr. Halamka led the implementation of an EHR in 1999 and established one of the first HIEs, called CareWeb. He currently oversees IT for the 649-bed medical center. A former emergency room physician, Dr. Halamka is well-known for his expertise on mushroom and wild plant poisonings as well as his role in both causing and recovering a network-wide crash in four days at Beth Israel Deaconess. Dr. Halamka also serves as chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network, co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee and professor at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as CIO for Harvard Medical School.
C. Martin Harris, MD. Chairman of the Information Technology Division and CIO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Harris is board certified in internal medicine and on staff in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed chairman of the information technology division at Cleveland Clinic in 1996 and became CIO in 2009. Dr. Harris is a former chairman of HIMSS and former health IT advisor to President Barack Obama. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also earned an MBA in healthcare management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Susan Heichert, RN. Senior Vice President and CIO of Allina Health System (Minneapolis). Ms. Heichert has served as senior vice president and CIO of Allina Health System for the last six years. She joined the system in 2004 as hospital clinical systems manager, advancing until stepping into her current role as senior vice president and CIO. Prior to becoming a health system executive, Ms. Heichert worked as a nurse in hospitals in Texas and Minnesota.
George Hickman. Executive Vice President and CIO of Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center. Mr. Hickman joined Albany Medical Center in 2003 as senior vice president and CIO. Six years later, Mr. Hickman was promoted to executive vice president. He is an expert in the field of health IT and has been recognized with several awards in his time at Albany Medical Center. In 2008, Mr. Hickman was recognized with the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. He was named a CHIME fellow in 2010 and was honored with the HIMSS Life Member Award in 2012. Mr. Hickman holds a master's degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Gilbert Hoffman. Vice President and CIO of Mercy (Chesterfield, Mo.). Mercy named Mr. Hoffman vice president and CIO in 2012. He leads IT for a health system of 42 hospitals, nearly 700 additional facilities and more than 2,100 physicians. Prior to joining Mercy, Mr. Hoffman won InformationWeek's "Most Innovative Use of IT" 12 times. Mr. Hoffman served Maritz, a St. Louis-based travel company, for 39 years, working his way up to CIO.
Scott Joslyn. Senior Vice President and CIO of MemorialCare Health System (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Mr. Joslyn's career as senior vice president and CIO of MemorialCare Health System, which is comprised of six hospitals, numerous outpatient clinics, imaging centers and surgery facilities, dates back to 1996. He manages 400 professionals with an overall budget of $100 million and is responsible for MemorialCare’s research function, which includes active studies representing 39 service lines and 28 specialties.
Dan Kinsella. Executive Vice President and CIO of Cadence Health (Winfield, Ill.). Mr. Kinsella has been serving Cadence Health as executive vice president and CIO since 2012. Most recently, he was senior vice president at Optum Insight, a division of UnitedHealthcare, where he led technology consulting with the accountable care services practice. Before that, he served as national practice leader for healthcare consulting at The Revere Group. Mr. Kinsella fulfilled other prior leadership roles with Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young and Anderson Consulting. He is also a member of CHIME, HIMSS and the American Council of Healthcare Executives.
Mark Kilborn. CIO of Springhill Medical Center (Mobile, Ala.). Mr. Kilborn, area vice president of Allscripts Professional Services, joined Springhill Medical Center as CIO in 2000. Previously, Mr. Kilborn spent 28 years with Infirmary Health Systems at the Mobile Infirmary Medical center serving the Gulf Coast Region. During his tenure at Springhill, the hospital has made great strides in its EHR implementation in 2003, and in 2014, Springhill declared itself 100 percent CPOE compliant and paperless. In January, the hospital became the first in Alabama to reach HIMSS Stage 7.
Mary Anne Leach. Senior Vice President and CIO of Children's Hospital Colorado (Aurora). Ms. Leach has led Children's Hospital Colorado's IT department since 2007. She has nearly three decades of health IT experience, most recently serving as vice president of clinical applications of Catholic Health Initiatives in Englewood, Colo. She also held director roles at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Superior Consultant Company and IHC Affiliated Services (a prior division of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health Care). For seven years, Ms. Leach led her own consulting organization, M.A. Leach & Company.
Rose Ann Laureto. CIO of ProMedica (Toledo, Ohio). Ms. Laureto has served as CIO of ProMedica since February 2013. As CIO, she has overseen the system's adoption of an integrated approach to IT products and services as well as led the deployment of Epic as the system's new EHR platform. Ms. Laureto is responsible for a team of 460 people and an operating budget of $150 million.
Philip Loftus, PhD. Senior Vice President and CIO of SSM Health (St. Louis). Dr. Loftus stepped into his current role as senior vice president and CIO of SSM Health on Jan. 19. He comes to the 19-hospital system from his post CIO of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care, which he held since 2006. Dr. Loftus is credited with implementing the Epic EHR and developing an IT strategy for integration after rapid system growth at Aurora. Dr. Loftus previously served as senior vice president and CIO of Caremark and has 25 years of IT experience from various positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He earned a PhD in computer-based modeling and simulation from the University of Liverpool in the U.K.
Edward Marx. Senior Vice President and CIO of Texas Health Resources (Arlington, Texas). Mr. Marx became senior vice president and CIO of Texas Health Resources in October 2007. He also currently serves as the chair for Texas Health Services Authority in Austin. In 2013, he was named the recipient of the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award, selected by HIMSS and CHIME. Previously, he served as CIO of Cleveland-based University Hospitals, director of physician services of Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America, CIO of Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., and physician services coordinator of Fort Collins, Colo.-based Poudre Valley Health System.
Randy McCleese. Vice President-Information Services and CIO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center (Morehead, Ky.). Mr. McCleese got his start as a geologist and information resources manager. He spent more than 14 years with Equitable Resources in Prestonsburg, Ky., and Kingsport, Tenn., before joining the 159-bed rural St. Claire Regional Medical Center. In 2012, ONC invited Mr. McCleese and 81 other leading IT providers to the White House to recognize their outstanding work in implementing health IT and discuss the state of EHRs with government officials. Mr. McCleese has 23 years of information management experience. He currently serves on the CHIME board of trustees.
Virginia A. McFerran. CIO of UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Los Angeles). Appointed as CIO in 2009, Ms. McFerran leads IT development and the distribution of IT-related resources across the David Geffen School of Medicine, the UCLA Faculty Practice Group and the UCLA Hospital System. Ms. McFerran previously served as CIO and department head at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She has leadership experience from The Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., The University of Washington in Seattle and Microsoft.
Pamela McNutt. Senior Vice President and CIO of Methodist Health System (Dallas). Ms. McNutt has nearly 30 years of healthcare IT experience, the last 18 of which have been in the role of CIO at Methodist Health System. Prior to joining the system in 1993, she worked for Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. She is a fellow of both HIMSS and CHIME, and currently serves on the CHIME board of trustees and is a former director for the HIMSS national board.
Bruce Metz, PhD. Senior Vice President and CIO of Lahey Health (Burlington, Mass.). Dr. Metz has served as senior vice president and CIO of Lahey Health since April 2011. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior management and executive IT positions for institutions within healthcare as well as higher education. From 2005 to 2011, he served as CIO of Thomas Jefferson University and its affiliated hospital in Philadelphia. Prior to his work as a CIO, Dr. Metz served as a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries.
Nader Mherabi. Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and CIO of NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). Mr. Mherabi brings 23 years of IT experience to his role at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he oversees all IT activities for the medical center, which includes 1,069 beds and four hospitals. Mr. Mherabi previously served NYU Langone as vice president for IT product solutions and chief technology officer. Among his many accomplishments at NYU, Mr. Mherabi successfully developed the operational infrastructure for in-house app development and more than 40 mid-size apps for research, education and clinical care.
Dana Moore. Senior Vice President and CIO of Centura Health (Englewood, Colo.). Since 2001, Mr. Moore has served as senior vice president and CIO of Centura Health, which includes 15 hospitals, seven senior living communities, 17 health neighborhoods, home care and hospice services. He is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the system's IT strategy across Colorado and Kansas and for numerous Centura hospitals reaching HIMSS Stage 7.
Timothy Moore, RN. Senior Vice President and CIO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Mr. Moore has 21 years of IT experience in healthcare, currently serving as senior vice president and CIO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, a role he has held since 2009. Before joining Hoag, he was at Perot Systems, a global provider of IT and business solutions. There, he served as executive director for provider healthcare. Before that, he was vice president and CIO of Carondelet Health System in Kansas City, Mo. He has also held positions as a registered nurse and pharmacy assistant.
Pravene Nath, MD. CIO of Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. In 2013, Dr. Nath became CIO of Stanford Health Care, previously Stanford Hospital & Clinics. At the time of his appointment, he had been serving as interim CIO, before which he served as CMIO. Under his leadership, Stanford Health Care implemented its EHR system and earned national recognition for IT adoption. In 2013, Stanford Health Care received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award, and in 2014, the hospital was named as one of the "Most Wired" in the nation by Hospital & Health Networks.
Jim Noga. Vice President and CIO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). Mr. Noga has served Partners as vice president and CIO since March 2011. He also currently teaches health informatics at Northeastern University in Boston. Mr. Noga gained nearly 17 years of experience as the CIO of Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital, a Partners HealthCare hospital. Before that, he served as director of clinical applications at Massachusetts General. Mr. Noga's expertise is focused in online enterprise clinical reporting systems, CPOE, closed loop electronic medication administration and ambulatory EMRs. He earned a master's degree in biomedical computing and information processing and completed a certificate program in healthcare finance, both at Ohio State University.
Patrick O'Hare. Senior Vice President and CIO of Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. O'Hare oversees the information and technology management of Spectrum Health, a $4.2 billion, 19,000 employee health system. He helped found Michigan Health Connect, a health information exchange in the state that recently merged with Great Lakes Health Information Exchange. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Health Information Strategy Committee, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, HIMSS, CHIME and the Cerner Strategic Chief Information Officer Council.
Michael O'Rourke. Senior Vice President and CIO of Catholic Health Initiatives (Englewood, Colo.). Mr. O'Rourke has 25 years of healthcare technology experience. He served as CIO for Plano, Texas-based Triad Hospitals and as vice president of clinical and regulatory IT strategies for San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West, now named Dignity Health, before coming to Catholic Health Initiatives. Mr. O'Rourke was appointed senior vice president and CIO of CHI in 2009 after serving a year and a half as interim CIO. He oversees IT for the system, which includes 105 hospitals. During his tenure, he has overseen the implementation and upgrade of EHRs across the system and led the launch of a three-year HIE project, among other accomplishments.
Marty Paslick. Senior Vice President and CIO of Hospital Corporation of America (Nashville, Tenn.). In 2012, Mr. Paslick became the senior vice president and CIO of one of the world's largest for-profit healthcare providers, which includes 165 hospitals and 115 surgery centers. He has served the company's information technology and services department in various capacities for 29 years. Mr. Paslick is a former chairman for the board of the Nashville Technology Council and a former board member for the Nasville Chamber of Commerce. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his MBA from the University of Louisville (Ky.).
Audrius Polikaitis, PhD. Assistant Vice President of Health IT and CIO of University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (Chicago). Since 2011, Dr. Polikaitis has served as assistant vice president of health IT and CIO of University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences. The system has received Hospitals & Health Networks' "Most Wired" award every year since he became CIO. Before becoming a CIO, Dr. Polikaitis served in other health IT roles at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences, including director of information systems planning and assistant director of information services planning.
Marc Probst. CIO of Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). Mr. Probst has 20 years of health IT experience. He has served as CIO of Intermountain Healthcare for more than 12 years. Additionally, he is currently serving on the Federal Healthcare Information Technology Policy Committee, which assists in developing HIT policy for the U.S. government. Prior to joining Intermountain in 2003, Mr. Probst was a partner of Deloitte Consulting Group, a partner at Ernst & Young and a senior manager at First Consulting Group.
Shafiq Rab, MD. Vice President and CIO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Dr. Rab became CIO of Hackensack UMC in March 2012. Prior to joining the medical center, he served as vice president and CIO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System in Middletown, N.Y., a position he entered in 2008. Before that, Dr. Rab was vice president and CIO of St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, N.J.
Jayashree Raman. Vice President and CIO of Cooper University Health Care (Camden, N.J.). Ms. Raman was appointed CIO of Cooper University Healthcare in 2012. Prior to joining Cooper, Ms. Raman served as vice president of healthcare strategy and CIO for Stanley Healthcare Solutions for two years. She also served as vice president and CIO of The Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center from 1997 to 2010, where she established the medical center's core information technology infrastructure.
Stephanie Reel. CIO and Vice Provost for IT at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). In addition to her roles at Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Reel has served as vice president of information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore since 1994. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association, CHIME, HIMSS and the Healthcare Advisory Council. Additionally, Ms. Reel was appointed to President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2009.
Linda Reed, RN. Vice President and CIO of Atlantic Health (Morristown, N.J.). Ms. Reed is vice president of behavioral and integrative medicine and CIO of Atlantic Health, a four-hospital health system, where she is responsible for planning, acquiring and implementing information technology and telecommunications. Before joining Atlantic Health, Ms. Reed was with Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health, also serving as vice president and CIO. She also holds an MBA from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Bert Reese. Senior Vice President and CIO of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). As senior vice president and CIO, Mr. Reese manages IT, process improvement and supply chain management for the 12-hospital system. Under Mr. Reese's leadership, Sentara implemented an EHR across the system, with successful quality and financial outcomes. The system was recognized with the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award. Epic Systems and IBM recently appointed Mr. Reese to a spot on their 18-member advisory council, to advise the organizations if they win the contract to design and develop the Department of Defense's upgraded EHR and information systems.
David Reitzel. CIO of Brookdale University Hospital (Brooklyn, N.Y.). After being made Brookdale University Hospital's vice president and CIO in 2012, Mr. Reitzel began the daunting task of developing the hospital's IT infrastructure from the ground up with limited resources. During his time with Brookdale, Mr. Reitzel developed an IT governance council, led the successful implementation of enterprise-wide Epic EMR system and designed and deployed a new service desk structure, to name a few accomplishments.
Bernie Rice. Operational Vice President and CIO of Nemours Children's Health System (Jacksonville, Fla.). Mr. Rice has served as the operational vice president and CIO of Nemours for roughly seven years. As CIO, Mr. Rice is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of information systems throughout the Nemours enterprise, which encompasses four states. He has helped Nemours achieve HIMSS Stage 7 for both its inpatient and ambulatory operations.
Craig Richardville. Senior Vice President and CIO of Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, N.C.). Mr. Richardville has overall System responsibility for information services and strategy. Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System in 1997, Mr. Richardville held a variety of administrative positions with ProMedica Health System for 12 years. Mr. Richardville was awarded CIO of the Year in 2013 by the Charlotte Business Journal and under his leadership, Carolinas HealthCare System has earned the “Most Wired” designation for 11 consecutive years. Over the years, his teams have deployed successful EMR, data analytics, cloud and patient engagement strategies and tools. Mr. Richardville is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society; board member of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Foundation, CareConnect Carolinas, and Carolinas Shared Services; and a member of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Wall Street Journal CIO Network and the Health Management Academy. He holds a masters of business administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in system analysis.
Ed Ricks. Vice President of Information Services and CIO of Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ricks has served as vice president of information services and CIO of Beaufort Memorial Hospital for the past six years, gaining numerous accolades on the way. Most recently, Mr. Ricks spearheaded an enterprise-wide initiative to improve patient throughput which ultimately reduced length of stay and resulted in an annualized cost savings of $480,000.
Cris Ross. CIO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mr. Ross was named CIO of Mayo Clinic in August 2012. He has a diverse background in healthcare, IT and government. Mr. Ross previously served two years as executive vice president and general manager of clinical interoperability for e-prescription network Surescripts, four years as CIO and executive vice president of product and information services for Minute Clinic and three years as CIO of United Behavioral Health. He has experience as a consultant, financial analyst and as a senior legislative assistant on the U.S. House Budget Committee. Mr. Ross earned his MBA from Yale School of Management.
Bill Russell. Senior Vice President and CIO of St. Joseph Health (Orange, Calif.). Bill Russell was named CIO of St. Joseph Health — a 14-hospital, $6 billion nonprofit integrated healthcare system — in 2011. Since becoming CIO, he has helped lead the implementation of a new patient portal system, standardized the MEDITECH patient records system and integrated data across major affiliations and partnerships.
Maria Russo. CIO of Tanner Health System (Carrollton, Ga.). Ms. Russo has served as Tanner Health System's senior vice president and CIO since 2011, where she provides leadership, strategic direction and oversight for all aspects of the system's information systems department. Prior to joining Tanner, Ms. Russo served as vice president and CIO of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare in Louisville, Ky.
Sue Schade. CIO of University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor). Ms. Schade was recently honored with the CHIME-HIMSS 2014 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award for her work at UMHS. She stepped into the lead IT role at the system in 2012, right after it launched MiChart, its EHR. In addition to continuing the transition to MiChart, Ms. Schade has helped UMHS reach Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. She came to UMHS from Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she served as CIO for 12 years. She is currently a member of the CHIME Policy Steering Committee, the Michigan Hospital Association Health IT Strategy Committee and Great Lakes Health Connect. Ms. Schade earned an MBA from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle.
Rick Schooler. Vice President and CIO of Orlando (Fla.) Health. Mr. Schooler joined Orlando Health in October 2001 as vice president and CIO. He was previously vice president and CIO of Central Georgia Health System, now Navicent Health, based in Macon. Mr. Schooler earned an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He currently serves on the board of directors of HIMSS, as well as on the board of the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando. He holds memberships in various professional organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and CHIME.
J. Gary Seay. Senior Vice President and CIO of Community Health Systems (Franklin, Tenn.). Mr. Seay first joined CHS in 1997. In his 18 years at the for-profit system, Mr. Seay led the transformation of the IT infrastructure as the system expanded from a $700 million, 30-hospital system to a $13 billion, 206-hospital healthcare giant. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Seay held leadership roles at EQUICOR, Cigna Systems and Humana. He has served on the United Way of Williamson County Board of Directors, the Tennessee HIMSS CIO Advisory Council and on the Nashville Technology Council.
Alan Smith. Senior Vice President and CIO of Capella Healthcare (Franklin, Tenn.). Mr. Smith was appointed vice president and CIO of Capella Healthcare in 2011, prior to which he served as interim CIO and vice president of applications for Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems. Since joining Capella, Mr. Smith has led the system's numerous hospitals through stage 1 of meaningful use.
Bruce Smith. Senior Vice President of Information Systems and CIO of Advocate Health Care (Downers Grove, Ill.). Mr. Smith has been with Advocate Health Care for 20 years. Mr. Smith helped lead the implementation of the system's patient portal, MyAdvocate. He previously served as vice president and CIO of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Mr. Smith is a member of HIMSS and the Scottsdale Institute. He received his MBA from Loyola University Chicago.
Michael W. Smith. CIO of Lee Memorial Health System (Ft. Myers, Fla.). Mr. Smith joined Lee Memorial Health System as CIO in 1997, where he has had operational responsibility for information technology and informatics, telecommunications, managing medical records, biomedical engineering and medical equipment technology strategies. Previously, Mr. Smith served as IT director of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.
Ryan Smith. Senior Vice President and CIO of Banner Health (Phoenix). Mr. Smith became senior vice president of information technology and CIO of Banner Health in October 2013. He made the move to Banner after nearly 20 years with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, where he most recently served as assistant vice president of IT operations and corporate eBusiness. He holds an MBA in IT management from Western Governor's University in Salt Lake City.
Steven Smith. CIO of NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). Mr. Smith was named CIO of NorthShore University HealthSystem in 2012 after serving nearly 12 years as the system's chief technology officer. He worked with a team to implement an integrated EMR. NorthShore was among the first systems in 2009 to receive recognition from HIMSS Analytics for Stage 7 status.
Subra Sripada. Chief Transformation Officer and System CIO of Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, Mich.). Mr. Sripada came to the nonprofit Beaumont Health in 2014 from Beaumont Health System, where he served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and CIO. Beaumont Health is a nonprofit that formed after Beaumont Health System acquired Botsford Health Care in Farmington Hills, Mich., and Oakwood Healthcare in Dearborn, Mich., last year. Mr. Sripada oversees most of the IT staff of the three organizations. His first project is to lead the implementation of the Epic EHR at Botsford. Mr. Sripada first joined Beaumont in November 2008 and served in multiple leadership roles, including CIO of William Beaufort Hospital.
Rob Sumter, PhD. Executive Vice President and COO of Regional One Health (Memphis, Tenn.). In his current positions, Dr. Sumter is responsible for both clinical and professional operations at the hospital as well as information technology. During the 20 years Dr. Sumter served with the U.S. Navy, he served as the CIO of numerous naval hospitals as well as for the U.S. Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet. He also served as CIO for a Fortune 500 company, where he provided information management and technology support operations for healthcare organizations.
Rebecca Sykes. Senior Vice President, Resource Management and CIO of Mercy Health (Cincinnati). Ms. Sykes has served as senior vice president and CIO of Mercy Health, formerly known as Catholic Health Partners, since 1999. Under her leadership, Mercy Health consolidated the IT function across its seven regional markets in 2011, launched a $400 million Epic EHR project and started using data for population health management. She previously served as director of information systems for TriHealth/Medicus in Cincinnati and corporate manager of health information/medical records at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati.
Phyllis Teater. Associate Vice President of Health Sciences and CIO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). After serving as the hospital's interim CEO, Ms. Teater was named CIO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in October 2010. Under her leadership, Wexner achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7. In 2011, she led a team to train 14,000 people on the Epic Enterprise Intelligence platform. After training, Wexner was able to go live with a new, system-wide conversion and installation in one day. Ms. Teater first joined the hospital in 1991. She earned an MBA in management of information systems from Ohio State University.
Karen Thomas. Senior Vice President and CIO of Main Line Health (Bryn Mawr, Pa.). As senior vice president and CIO, Ms. Thomas is responsible for the planning, implementation and support for information services of Main Line Health, including telecommunications and audiovisual support for the system. Prior to joining Main Line Health, Ms. Thomas served as director of patient and physician systems for Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Tim Thompson. Senior Vice President and CIO of BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.). Mr. Thompson assumed his duties as CIO of BayCare Health in 2010, where his responsibilities include leading the technology planning and operations for the system-wide information services operation. Previously, Mr. Thompson served as senior vice president and CIO of Methodist Hospital System in Houston and senior vice president and CIO of Adventist Health System in Winter Park, Fla., and Palmetto Health in Columbia, S.C.
Lac Tran. Senior Vice President, Associate Dean and CIO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Mr. Tran has served more than 12 years in his current role at Rush University Medical Center. Before joining Rush, Mr. Tran gained nearly 20 years of CIO experience through his roles at Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Boston Children's Hospital, Stony Brook (N.Y.) Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center, now called Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, located on the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. His work emphasizes networking image processing and developing healthcare data warehouse packages.
John Ulett. Vice President and CIO of CentraState Health System (Freehold, N.J.). Mr. Ulett was appointed vice president and CIO of CentraState in August 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ulett was vice president of financial and information management systems at Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tenn. All total, he has worked in health IT for more than 16 years.
Joel Vengco. Vice President and CIO of Baystate Health (Springfield, Mass.). As vice president of information services and CIO of Baystate Health, Mr. Vengco oversees the technology strategy and operations across the system. Some of his accomplishments include opening the Baystate Tech Innovation Center, driving the partnerships with Cerner, IBM, and Intersystems and leading the Pioneer Valley Information Exchange.
Jerry Vuchak. Vice President of Information Systems of Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Mr. Vuchak started in 2007 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as vice president of information systems. One year later, he was promoted into the new position of vice president of information services, academic hospitals and the Washington University School of Medicine integration. In this role, Mr. Vuchak manages IT alignment across Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital, in partnership with Washington University School of Medicine. He has overseen IT initiatives including clinical documentation implemenation, CPOE, a perioperative information system and a radiology information system. He earned a master's degree in human services from Capella University.
David Weiss. Senior Vice President and CIO of BJC Healthcare (St. Louis). Mr. Weiss has a 25-year career at BJC HealthCare. In his current role as CIO of a $4 billion nonprofit health system, Mr. Weiss manages planning, developing and supporting information technology and telecommunications initiatives at facilities throughout the system. He is chairman of the Telecommunication Facilities Corporation, which provides voice communication services to the Washington University Medical Center campus. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Health Information Organization, an information exchange organization, and is a member of the Healthcare Information Systems Executives Association and the American Medical Informatics Association.
Wes Wright. Senior Vice President and CIO of Seattle Children's. Mr. Wright has served as senior vice president and CIO of Seattle Children's Hospital since August 2012. As CIO, he is responsible for developing and implementing multiple information systems at the organization, as well as applications, project management and medical records. Prior to joining Seattle Children's, Mr. Wright was the executive director of information services for San Diego-based Scripps Health, prior to which he served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a health services administrator and a cryptologic linguist, specializing in Korean. He retired as a major.
Eric Yablonka. Vice President and CIO of The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Services. Mr. Yablonka became the vice president and CIO of University of Chicago Medicine in August 2001. His responsibilities as CIO include overseeing all information technology functions, biomedical engineering and the call center. Mr. Yablonka has a staff of over 300 people and manages capital and an operating budget in excess of $60 million annually. He has also served as the director of the TeraMedica Healthcare Technology board of directors since 2006.
Mark Zielazinski. Chief Information & Technology Integration Officer of Marin Healthcare District and Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, Calif.). Mr. Zielazinski joined Marin General in September 2012 as CITIO after nearly three years as CIO at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. He has also served as CIO at Children’s Hospital Central California in Fresno and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif. Under Mr. Zielazinski's leadership, Marin General Hospital was granted a CIO Impact Best-in-Class Award by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Correction: An earlier version of this list incorrectly stated Mount Sinai Health System and Florida Hospital reached HIMSS Stage 7. Mount Sinai and Florida Hospital actually received the HIMSS Stage 6 EMR Award. Additionally, an earlier version of the piece listed Deborah Cancilla as CIO of Grady Health in Atlanta. She became CIO of PinnacleHealth System in 2014. The story also previously listed Geoffrey Brown as senior vice president and CIO of Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va. He became CIO of Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare in September 2014. We regret these errors.
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