72 community hospital CIOs to know | 2018

Becker's Healthcare is proud to recognize 72 community hospital CIOs in 2018.

Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR implementation, as well as support telehealth, data-gathering and cybersecurity initiatives. Those who lead community hospital and health system IT departments encounter unique challenges in connecting staff members at many locations and providing access to care for rural Americans with limited resources.

The individuals featured on this list hold CIO or senior health IT positions at their institutions. In some instances, leaders at health systems listed provide IT oversight for individual community hospitals within their system.

The following professionals are set apart by outstanding recognition they've earned and exciting new projects they're piloting. Many on this list are members of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and their workplace has earned a spot on Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired list.

Note: The Becker's editorial team solicited nominations and conducted internal research to develop this list. Individuals and organizations represented did not pay and cannot pay for inclusion. Profiles are listed in alphabetical order.

If you have any questions or comments for this list, please contact Laura Dyrda at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com.

Doug Abel. Vice President and CIO of North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital. Mr. Abel oversees all information technology services for the 451-bed North Kansas City Hospital. He has more than 30 years of healthcare information systems management experience and previously served as managing director of advisory services for Encore Health Resources. Mr. Abel has served as a board member on the Northland Chamber of Commerce and the First Hand Foundation.

Tracy Donegan. Chief Information and Innovation Officer of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (Los Angeles). Ms. Donegan served as assistant vice president of the Cognizant Healthcare Provider Consulting Practice before joining King Community Hospital. She also serves on the executive outreach committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University's Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, meeting regularly with applicants to the university.

Nathan Anderson. Director of IT at Brookings (S.D.) Health System. Mr. Anderson joined Brookings Health System in 2012 as information management director before becoming the director of IT. Before that, Mr. Anderson served as the CIO of Link It Software Corp. in Milbank, S.D., where he was responsible for the company's IT infrastructure, long-term technology strategy and IT staff.

Sallie Arnett. Vice President of Information Systems and CIO at Licking Memorial Health Systems (Newark, Ohio). Ms. Arnett joined Licking Memorial Health Systems in 2001. She oversees Licking Memorial Health's information systems, health information and communications departments, and is responsible for the hospital and physician practice EMR systems. Hospitals & Health Networks named Licking Memorial Health Systems among Health Care's Most Wired in 2017.

Harlan Baker. CIO of McDonough District Hospital (Macomb, Ill.). Mr. Baker leads McDonough District Hospital's information systems department. He previously served as director of information systems during the hospital's transition to an integrated EHR system and became CIO in 2016. Hospitals & Health Networks named McDonough District Hospital among Health Care's Most Wired rural and small providers in 2017.

Pam Banchy, RN. CIO and Vice President of Clinical Informatics at Western Reserve Hospital (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio). Prior to joining Western Reserve Hospital, Ms. Banchy served as the director of clinical information systems for Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. She develops and maintains IT solutions at the physician-owned Western Reserve Hospital. Ms. Banchy has over 35 years of nursing experience and 25 years of experience in health IT.

Larry Barnes. Vice President of IT and CIO at Salina (Kan.) Regional Health Center. Mr. Barnes has more than 31 years of experience in healthcare information services. He joined Salina Regional Health Center in 2004, where he is responsible for all telecommunications and information services. Hospitals & Health Networks named Salina Regional Health Center among Health Care's Most Wired in 2017.

Todd J. Beardman, MD. CMIO of North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital. Dr. Beardman is a hospitalist and internist who became CMIO of the 451-bed North Kansas City Hospital in 2013. He played a crucial role in integrating the hospital's home health clinical data with the acute EMR system and expanding its health information exchange platform. Hospitals & Health Networks named North Kansas City Hospital among Health Care's Most Wired in 2016.

Joel Benware. Vice President and Chief Information, Innovation and Compliance Officer at Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans, Vt.). Prior to joining Northwestern Medical Center, Mr. Benware served as CIO of Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y. Under his leadership, Northwestern Medical Center earned the rank of HIMSS Stage 6. Hospitals & Health Networks named Northwestern Medical Center among Health Care's Most Wired in 2017.

Bill Bollinger. CIO of Carroll County Memorial Hospital (Carrollton, Mo.). Mr. Bollinger is responsible for all information technology for the 25-bed Carroll County Memorial Hospital. He joined the hospital as temporary CIO in 2009 before transitioning to his full-time position. Under his leadership, the hospital's technology services grew from 10 computers to more than 600 devices. In 2014, Mr. Bollinger played a critical role in implementing a system to prevent identity theft and provide more efficient patient registration.

Jim Boyer. Vice President of IT and CIO of Rush Memorial Hospital (Rushville, Ind.). Mr. Boyer serves as CIO and vice president of IT at Rush Memorial, and is tasked with using health technology and strategies to improve patient care. During his tenure, Rush Memorial achieved HIMSS Stage 6 status and was named among Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired in 2017 for the fifth year in a row. Mr. Boyer's expertise also includes network security, consumerism technologies and cloud infrastructures.

Ken Buechele. Vice President of IT at Bronson Healthcare (Kalamazoo, Mich.). As vice president of IT, Mr. Buechele is tasked with overseeing clinical information technology across the four-hospital system — three of which earned Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired recognition in 2017. Before accepting his current role, he served as director of IT and was responsible for supporting Bronson Healthcare's Epic EHR implementation. Mr. Buechele previously worked in software development in Illinois and Michigan.

Angela Burgess. CIO of Randolph Health (Asheboro, N.C.). Ms. Burgess has worked for Randolph Health since 1999 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including director of operations and decision support, senior director of finance and most recently CIO. In her current role, she is responsible for developing and implementing IT initiatives that improve service quality and minimize costs at the 145-bed hospital. Before her work at Randolph Health, Ms. Burgess served as a senior consultant and then manager at Premier Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.

Paul Butler. CIO of Antelope Valley Hospital (Lancaster, Calif.). Mr. Butler joined Antelope Valley Hospital as CIO in February 2017 after a more than 20-year career in healthcare and IT. Before helming health IT infrastructure at the 420-bed hospital, Mr. Butler worked at several notable healthcare organizations, including Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Los Angeles-based Martin Luther King Community Hospital. Throughout his career, he gained expertise in a variety of health IT areas, such as EMR implementation and developing an effective IT infrastructure.

Bart Butzine. CIO of Community Hospital (Grand Junction, Colo.). Mr. Butzine began his career as IT director of the 60-bed hospital in June 2015. Before that, he spent eight years as IT director of customer relations at Banner Health, a 28-hospital system in Phoenix. Mr. Butzine also previously worked as Banner Health's IT systems administrator for four years.

Phil Campbell. Vice President of Information Services and CIO of Calvert Health System (Prince Frederick, Md.). Mr. Campbell has been CIO and vice president of information services at Calvert Health System, which serves roughly 420 patients per day, and maintains a staff of 1,400 employees and nearly 350 practitioners, since 2016. He has been instrumental in modernizing the health system's technology suite this year, and ensuring all IT is up to date for the system's $51 million expansion. Before joining Calvert Health System, Mr. Campbell served as deputy director for client services in the IT services division of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Scott Carlson. Director of Information Systems at Mary Greeley Medical Center (Ames, Iowa). Mr. Carlson serves as director of information systems at the 220-bed hospital, which employs 1,300 workers and 153 physicians. He has worked at the hospital for more than 33 years. During his tenure, Hospitals & Health Networks named the regional hospital among the more than 250 institutions receiving its Health Care's Most Wired designation in 2017.

David Chmura. Director of IT at Copper Queen Community Hospital (Bisbee, Ariz.). Mr. Chmura has worked at Copper Queen Community Hospital for more than 12 years. In his role as IT director, he is responsible for maintaining integrated IT systems for the 14-bed acute care hospital and three rural health clinics. He was also instrumental in the development and use of telemedicine initiatives for a variety of specialties at the hospital.

Joseph Dado. CIO of Conemaugh Health System (Johnstown, Pa.). As CIO of Conemaugh Health System, Mr. Dado is responsible for creating and developing a systemwide strategy for implementing effective health technology. Before coming to Conemaugh Health System, he served as the CIO of Greensburg, Pa.-based Excela Health, CIO of one of the system's hospitals, and vice president of information systems at Butler (Pa.) Health System. He also worked as a manager at consulting firm Accenture.

David Danhauer, MD. Vice President and CMIO of Owensboro (Ky.) Health. Dr. Danhauer, a pediatrician, has served as chief medical information officer of Owensboro Health since 2012, prior to which he served as interim CIO. In 2016, he was named chair of the HIMSS physician committee for a one-year term. He also serves as a member of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems' Clinical Advisory Committee.

Jake Dorst. Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System (Truckee, Calif.). Mr. Dorst joined the Tahoe Forest Health District in 2014 with 20-plus years of healthcare IT experience. In addition to serving as CIO, Mr. Dorst took on the responsibilities of chief innovation officer in 2015. Under his leadership, the health system moved from seven disparate EHRs to a single, unified patient record in November. Previously, Mr. Dorst served as vice president and CIO of Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health and CIO of Petersburg, Va.-based Southside Regional Medical Center.

Craig Doyle. Vice President and CIO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital (Covington, La.). Mr. Doyle assumed his current role as vice president and CIO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital in January 2012. Previously, he was CIO for Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare's Delta Division. Since 2010, he has served as a member of the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum's health IT committee. He is a member of HIMSS.

Bill Grimm. CIO and HIPAA Security Officer at Henry County Hospital (Napoleon, Ohio). Mr. Grimm joined Henry County Hospital as CIO and HIPAA security officer in April 2016. He is spearheading the process of selecting a new hospital EHR vendor and will lead implementation of the new system in 2019. Before joining Henry County Hospital, he was director of IT and patient access at Marengo (Iowa) Memorial Hospital. He is a member of HIMSS and Toledo Infragard, an information-sharing and analysis alliance.

John D. Helvey. CIO of Orchard Hospital (Gridley, Calif.). Mr. Helvey began serving as CIO of Orchard Hospital in May 2016, before which he was director of information technology at the hospital. He started his 24-year healthcare career at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., and then worked in behavioral health. Mr. Helvey serves as board secretary for Sac Valley Med Share, a California-based regional health information exchange.

Kathleen Herald. Vice President and CIO of Lexington Medical Center (West Columbia, S.C.). Ms. Herald became vice president and CIO of Lexington Medical Center in 2011. She has led the implementation of the Epic EHR system in the inpatient setting, and under her leadership, Lexington Medical Center was named among Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired hospitals in the nation four years in a row. Before coming to Lexington Medical Center, she was director of information services at MCG Health System in Augusta, Ga. She has received certified healthcare CIO certification from CHIME and is a member of the organization's Opioid Crisis Task Force Charter.

Tricia Herman. Executive Director of Support Operations and CIO of Uniontown (Pa.) Hospital. As executive director of support operations and CIO of Uniontown Hospital, Ms. Herman oversees IT, informatics, facilities, engineering, construction and environmental services as well as nutrition and laundry services for the 160-bed facility. The hospital has achieved meaningful use stage 1 and stage 2. The hospital joined the ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange, Western Pennsylvania's health information exchange, in 2017.

Ross Hurd. CIO of Lake Chelan (Wash.) Community Hospital. Mr. Hurd became CIO of Lake Chelan Community Hospital in 2006. Hospitals & Health Networks recognized the hospital as one of Health Care's Most Wired from 2010 through 2017. Before joining Lake Chelan, Mr. Hurd was contracted by Community Choice of Wenatchee (Wash.) to build a secure teleradiology network connecting North Central Washington hospitals to larger hospitals in the state.

Charles Fennell. Vice President for Information Management of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Regional CIO of St. Joseph's and CIO of St. Peter's Health Partners (Albany, N.Y.). Mr. Fennell assumed the vice president and CIO role at St. Joseph's in 2001, and he became CIO of St. Peter's Health Partners in April 2016. Both organizations are a part of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health. Before joining St. Joseph's, he was vice president of health systems at Health Care Data Systems. He has 27 years of experience in health IT.

Stephanie Forbes, RN. VP of Population Health and CHA Clinics at Community Hospital of Anaconda (Mont.). In her role as vice president of population health and CHA clinics, Ms. Forbes has helped deploy the Epic EMR system and focus on improving meaningful use reporting. In 2011, Community Hospital of Anaconda achieved meaningful use stage 1. Mrs. Forbes' efforts have also contributed to CHA's primary care clinics receiving the patient-centered medical home designation.

Michael Jefferies. Vice President and CIO of Boulder (Colo.) Community Health. Mr. Jefferies is tasked with giving the health system's roughly 540 affiliated physicians the IT tools necessary to improve care. Before joining Boulder Community Health in 2016, Mr. Jefferies was Longmont (Colo.) United Hospital's vice president of information systems. He also previously worked at ACS/Xerox and McKesson. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives designated Mr. Jefferies a certified healthcare CIO, and he has achieved project management professional and certified professional in HIMSS certifications.

Eric Jimenez. Director of IT at Artesia (N.M.) General Hospital. Since Mr. Jimenez was hired as IT director more than four years ago, Artesia General Hospital's IT department has implemented an EHR in 90 days, replaced the hospital's picture archiving and communication system, and installed a new medication system. In that time, Mr. Jimenez watched the department grow from three team members to 17. In 2017, the 49-bed hospital completed a main data center project that involved installing a new, hyper-converged infrastructure, and accomplished Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.

Scott Joslyn, PharmD. Senior Vice President and CIO of MemorialCare Health System (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Dr. Joslyn oversees MemorialCare's IT, networking and telecommunications, which includes a nearly 200-member team, while leveraging technology to improve operations and reduce costs. Under Dr. Joslyn's leadership, the entity successfully carried out the $100 million implementation of an EMR, registration and billing system. A board member of two local health information exchanges, Dr. Joslyn is also the chairperson and co-founder of CHIEF, a healthcare CIO information-sharing group.

Dan Hildebrand. Associate Vice President of IT and Cybersecurity at Logansport (Ind.) Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hildebrand's tenure at the 83-bed Logansport Memorial Hospital began in 2003. As the IT department head, he is tasked with continuously improving the hospital's EMR systems and keeping the organization's data and patient information secure. Mr. Hildebrand previously served as Logansport Memorial's director of information systems.

Kris Keen. CIO of Cameron Memorial Community Hospital (Angola, Ind.). Mr. Keen began his tenure at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, in 2011. An alumnus of Macon-based Middle Georgia State University, Blacksburg-based Virginia Tech and University of Alabama at Birmingham, he brings more than 16 years of experience to the CIO role. Mr. Keen's professional memberships include HIMSS and the Association of Computing Machinery.

Aaron Kramer. CIO of Adirondack Health (Saranac Lake, N.Y.). Mr. Kramer joined Adirondack Health's IT team as assistant vice president of information systems in 2015 and stepped into the CIO role in 2016. With Mr. Kramer in charge, Adirondack Health has rolled out a postoperative monitoring system for bariatric patients and streamlined operations by migrating data into a new software platform. He was previously a systems analyst at Newburgh, N.Y.-based St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, where he advanced to become IT director.

Richard D. Lang. Vice President and CIO of Doylestown (Pa.) Health. Mr. Lang is responsible for managing Doylestown Health's advanced clinical automation initiatives as vice president and CIO. In January, he oversaw the 232-bed Doylestown Hospital's transition to a new cloud-based EHR solution. His accomplishments outside the health system include serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Healthcare Information Management since 2001.

Brennan Lehman. CIO of Mosaic Life Care (St. Joseph, Mo.). With an eye on disruptive new reimbursement models and shifting care settings, Mr. Lehman leads Mosaic Life Care's clinical technology solutions. He joined Mosaic Life Care in 2005, bringing more than a decade of experience in health IT. Mr. Lehman oversees a team charged with ensuring Mosaic Life Care's technology structure is reliable, cost-effective and capable of supporting the system's operations.

Gary Light. Vice President and CIO of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (Jasper, Ind.). In addition to serving as Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's vice president and CIO, Mr. Light founded HIT Advisory Group to help healthcare leaders navigate technical and regulatory health IT issues. A CHIME member since 1992, he mentored four members of the organization in 2017 alone. Mr. Light was previously vice president and CIO of the 230-bed Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas.

Todd MacConnell. County IT Director of Wyoming County Community Health System (Warsaw, N.Y.). In 2011, Mr. MacConnell assumed the role of county IT director at Wyoming County Community Health System, which has more than 500 employees. Mr. MacConnell was named the director of IT for Wyoming County in 1997. He has also served as a board member for the New York State Local Government Information Technology Directors' Association.

Dale E. Moyer. Vice President and CIO of Evangelical Community Hospital (Lewisburg, Pa.). Mr. Moyer was appointed Vice President and CIO at Evangelical Community Hospital in 2011. An employee of Evangelical for over three decades, Mr. Moyer is now responsible for developing technology strategy and growth at the hospital, as well as leading critical technology upgrades and advancements. Under his leadership, his team has brought the hospital cutting-edge technology and information systems resources.

Kyle Marek. CIO of Carteret Health Care (Morehead City, N.C.). Mr. Marek joined 135-bed nonprofit Carter Health Care in January 1998 as a network engineer. He moved up the ranks and became computer operations manager in June 2007 before becoming CIO and chief privacy officer in March 2008. Under his leadership, the hospital updated patient bedsides with computer workstations and specialized bedside carts that can identify the patient and his or her proper medication administration.

John Mangona. Vice President, CIO and Compliance Officer of Saratoga Hospital (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). Since joining Saratoga Hospital and its 450 physicians and medical professionals in 1995, Mr. Mangona's leadership and innovation efforts landed the hospital on Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired list in 2017. He is certified in healthcare compliance and involved in the Health Care Compliance Association. With his MBA in information systems from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, N.Y., Mr. Mangona is involved in the Medical Users Software Exchange; he also spent nine years on the Saratoga Regional YMCA board.

Denni McColm. CIO of Citizens Memorial Healthcare (Bolivar, Mo.). Ms. McColm joined Citizens Memorial Healthcare in 1988 as director of human resources. She was influential as the hospital expanded from 250 employees to nearly 2,000, transitioning to director of finance and then to CIO in 2003. As CIO, Ms. McColm oversaw the health system's EHR upgrade. Ms. McColm serves on the American Hospital Association IT Network and AHA Interoperability Advisory Group. Her leadership and expertise earned her a spot on the National Advisory Board for the Health Record Banking Alliance.

Nancy McDonnell. CIO of Illinois Valley Community Hospital (Peru). Ms. McDonnell is a veteran at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. She joined the hospital in March 2008 as CIO and today oversees performance and strategic initiatives for the 46-bed acute care hospital. Ms. McDonnell played a vital role when the hospital expanded its EMR to 13 ambulatory surgery centers. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. In addition to her work at the hospital, Ms. McDonnell is an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, where she lectures on cybersecurity and programming.

Michael McKay. CIO of Wickenburg (Ariz.) Community Hospital. At Wickenburg Community Hospital, Mr. McKay most recently deployed an anesthesia EMR in the hospital's surgical and diagnostic center. Before joining the hospital as CIO in 2001, Mr. McKay served in various IT roles at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for two decades, including operations manager, programmer and application analyst.

Michael Mistretta. Vice President and CIO of Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington). Mr. Mistretta joined Virginia Hospital Center as vice president and CIO in 2015 with nearly 30 years of experience. His background in EHR implementation allowed him to sit in an advisory capacity for different healthcare companies to advocate on the effects of health IT legislation. Mr. Mistretta is certified by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives as a healthcare CIO and by HIMSS as a health information management professional. Under his leadership, Virginia Hospital Center earned Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired recognition.

Deane Morrison. CIO of Concord (N.H.) Hospital. Mr. Morrison joined Concord Hospital in 1976 and today is equipped with 25 years of IT experience. In 1996, Mr. Morrison became CIO of Concord Hospital and Capital Regional Health Care. On top of his current role, he is a member of HIMSS and CHIME. Mr. Morrison and five other hospital CIOs used their leadership skills and experience to create the HBOC Star Product Users Group, a software to help automate a hospital's revenue cycle that McKesson bought in 1998.

Debbi Muro. CIO of El Camino Hospital (Mountain View, Calif.). After joining El Camino Hospital in 2014, Ms. Muro spearheaded the installation and implementation of an EHR system. She has more than 25 years of nursing, clinical, healthcare and technology experience, making her a leader in healthcare IT management. Before joining El Camino Hospital, Ms. Muro served in executive-level positions at West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health and Minneapolis-based Allina Health. Her skill as a leader has not gone unnoticed; Ms. Muro was nominated as a finalist for the Iowa Technology Association Women of Innovation Award.

Emmanuel Ndow. CIO of Marion (Ind.) General Hospital. Certified by CHIME, Mr. Ndow is a leader in the technology space. Because of his efforts and initiatives, Marion General Hospital earned a spot on Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired list in 2017. Prior to joining Marion General Hospital in 2005 as CIO, Mr. Ndow served as a director at Alverno Information Services, now known as Alliance Information Services, a company that provides computer services to medical facilities and physician offices.

Roger Neal. Vice President and CIO of Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital. Before becoming CIO of Duncan Regional Hospital in 2001, Mr. Neal served as director of IT and telecommunications for Cirque Du Soleil. Mr. Neal began his technology career at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus, Okla., serving as director of information systems and telecommunications. Additionally, Mr. Neal has served as the vice president and CIO for Solutions Practice Management. Computerworld magazine noticed Mr. Neal's success and listed him as a 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Fredrick Peet. CIO of Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center. Mr. Peet became CIO of 406-bed Yuma Regional Medical Center in 2015 after serving as the hospital's director of IT and interim CIO. Mr. Peet initiated Yuma Regional's partnership with the Arizona Telemedicine Program and participates in Mayo Clinic-Phoenix's telestroke pilot, which has been incorporated into Yuma Regional's telehealth program. Hospitals & Health Networks named Yuma Regional Medical Center one of Health Care's Most Wired in 2016.

Lee Poe. CIO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (Elkin, N.C.). Mr. Poe has been the CIO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital for 13 years. Under his leadership, the hospital has achieved meaningful use status for the past seven years. For the last three years, Hospitals & Health Networks has named Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital among Health Care's Most Wired.

Sheila Puffenberger. Director of IT at Hillsdale (Mich.) Hospital. Ms. Puffenberger has been the director of IT at Hillsdale Hospital since August 2013, overseeing technological systems used by 465 employees. The 47-bed acute care facility serves a rural population of around 47,000 residents.

Timothy Roberts. CIO of Yavapai Regional Medical Center (Prescott, Ariz.). Mr. Roberts has served as CIO of Yavapai Regional Medical Center since July 2015. Under Mr. Roberts' leadership, Yavapai Regional Medical Center received Health Care's Most Wired recognition from Hospitals & Health Networks in 2017 for using health IT to improve overall patient health by reducing wait times.

Carol Roosa. Vice President of Ancillary Services and CIO of Heywood Hospital (Gardner, Mass.). Ms. Roosa continues expanding the 134-bed Heywood Hospital's exceptional patient care through her efforts to implement its EMR system. Ms. Roosa is engaged in a major multiyear collaboration with hospitals throughout the state to further implement a new EMR system.

Christopher Ryan. CIO of Auburn (N.Y.) Community Hospital. Mr. Ryan has been Auburn Community Hospital's CIO since 2009. Under the leadership of Mr. Ryan, 98-bed Auburn Community Hospital achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 and has earned Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired distinction. He previously served as vice president of business development at Pervasive Solutions and IT manager at Syracuse, N.Y.-based St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center.

Derek Sailors. Director of Information Systems at Community Hospital (McCook, Neb.). Mr. Sailors has served at Community Hospital since 2008, starting out as an information systems technical support/help-desk coordinator. He was later promoted to director of information systems in February 2017. Mr. Sailors led the hospital's information systems team to improve efficiencies and outcomes through IT. In 2017, Hospitals & Health Networks named Community Hospital among Health Care's Most Wired.

Richard Schaeffer. Vice President and CIO of St. Clair Hospital (Pittsburgh). Mr. Schaeffer is responsible for implementing strategic IT direction for 328-bed St. Clair Hospital as vice president and CIO. In 2017, Hospitals & Health Networks named St. Clair Hospital among Health Care's Most Wired.

Jody Siltzer. Executive Director of IT at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Regional Medical Center. Mr. Siltzer serves as director of IT at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, where he led the hospital's EHR implementation. The 222-bed hospital connected its EHR to the federal eHealth Exchange in 2017. Hospitals & Health Networks named Cheyenne Regional Medical Center among Health Care's Most Wired in 2017.

Carl Smith. CIO of King's Daughters Medical Center (Brookhaven, Miss.). Mr. Smith oversees all information systems at King's Daughters Medical Center, including hospital computing, mobility, telecommunications, networking, and infrastructure and information security. Under Mr. Smith’s leadership, the hospital underwent a 14-month EHR implementation process, with a go-live date in August 2016. In 2017, Hospitals & Health Networks named King's Daughters Medical Center among Health Care's Most Wired, and as of November, the hospital achieved HIMSS Stage 6 EMR Adoption Model.

LaVonne Smith. Information Systems Director at Tomah (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Ms. Smith was instrumental in implementing an electronic portal to give patients 24/7 access to their personal health information through the YourCareCommunity Act. Ms. Smith oversees information systems at Tomah Memorial Hospital, which was named among Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired in 2017.

Brian Sterud. CIO of Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk, Neb.). Before joining Faith Regional in 2012, Mr. Sterud was the director of information management at Brookings (S.D.) Health System. Mr. Sterud was also a network analyst, remote systems engineer and data systems engineer, bringing knowledge of technology initiatives to the 131-bed hospital. He graduated from CHIME's CIO boot camp in 2011.

Brian Tew. Vice President of Professional Services and CIO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System (Middletown, N.Y.). Mr. Tew oversees IT, communications, professional services and ancillary systems for Greater Hudson Valley's three hospitals. Under his leadership, Orange Regional Medical Center became the first New York hospital to achieve both HIMSS Stage 7 and Hospitals & Health Network's Health Care's Most Wired designation. Before joining Greater Hudson Valley, Mr. Tew was vice president of operations and CIO at Manchester, N.H.-based Catholic Medical Center.

Grant Tillett. CIO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (Watertown, S.D.). Mr. Tillett became CIO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in 2015, providing executive leadership for strategic IT projects and overseeing the system's EHR utilization. He previously worked at TruBridge, a CPSI subsidiary that manages IT services for rural and community health providers. Before TruBridge, Mr. Tillett worked in Prairie Lakes' IT department for nine years.

Keith Van Camp. Vice President of IT at St. Dominic Hospital (Jackson, Miss.). Mr. Van Camp helped launch a new EHR system and expand the emergency room at the 535-bed St. Dominic Hospital, where he oversees the IT department. In 2017, Hospitals & Health Networks named St. Dominic's among Health Care's Most Wired for the seventh time.

Kwi Vollhardt. Vice President of Information Systems at Knox Community Hospital (Mount Vernon, Ohio). Ms. Vollhardt has served as the director of information systems for the 115-bed Knox Community Hospital for 14 years. Ms. Vollhardt and her team launched the hospital's EMR and helped update computer systems.

Mark Waind. CIO of Altru Health System (Grand Forks, N.D.). Mr. Waind is responsible for information services, telecommunications, transcription, health information management and reimbursement coding departments for the two-hospital system. Mr. Waind is president of the North Dakota HIMSS chapter and was previously the president of the Minnesota Epic User Group. He is certified through CHIME.

Shawn Weldin. Director of IT at Sabetha (Kan.) Community Hospital. Mr. Weldin has served as Sabetha Community Hospital's IT director since 2007. He oversees technology strategy for Sabetha's 25-bed hospital, clinic and home health agency. Mr. Weldin is a sponsorship co-chair on the Kansas HIMSS chapter board of directors.

Joanne White. CIO of Wood County Hospital (Bowling Green, Ohio). Ms. White has led Wood County Hospital's IT department as CIO for almost 20 years, having joined the 196-bed hospital in 1999. She serves as treasurer of the Central and Southern Ohio HIMSS chapter and received the organization's first Lifetime Membership award in 2017. Wood County Hospital reached HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 in 2017 and was named among Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired.

John Wilcox. CIO of Morris (Ill.) Hospital & Healthcare Centers. Mr. Wilcox is responsible for the IT department of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, a 1,300-employee organization with a medical staff of more than 200 physicians. He is responsible for planning and executing the hospital's IT vision, goals and initiatives to support long-term organizational objectives. Before joining Morris, Mr. Wilcox spent time as the interim CIO of United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and had a 15-year career with Inosource Technology Corp., where he eventually served as vice president of enterprise infrastructure and managed services.

Jason Yaworsky. Senior Vice President and CIO of Upper Allegheny Health System (Olean, N.Y.). Before starting as senior vice president and CIO of the two-hospital system in 2009, Mr. Yaworsky was director of IT for two years at Olean General Hospital. During Mr. Yaworsky's tenure, Upper Allegheny Health System launched an EHR system and computerized order entry for physicians, updated digital clinical imaging and launched patient portal access. The system was named among Hospitals & Health Networks' Health Care's Most Wired for the second consecutive year in 2017.

Mark Zielazinski. Chief Information and Technology Integration Officer of Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, Calif.). Mr. Zielazinski joined Marin General Hospital, a nonprofit care facility, in 2012. Before joining Marin General, Mr. Zielazinski served as CIO at Oakland, Calif.-based Alameda County Medical Center, where he was responsible for information systems, telecommunications, health information management and biomedical engineering. He was also the CIO at Mountain View, Calif.-based El Camino Hospital from 2001-06.

 

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