The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp is led by a faculty of healthcare CIOs
who have demonstrated continued success, leadership, and organizational
excellence in their careers.
The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Faculty Profiles
Cara Babachicos, CHCIO (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Corporate Director of IS and CIO, Community Hospitals and Non-Acute Entities, Partners Healthcare
Cara Babachicos is Corporate Director of Information Systems and CIO for the Community Hospitals and Non-Acute entities of Partners Healthcare. In her role Cara oversees information systems operations and strategy for the community hospitals and non-acute entities which is comprised of 10 sites with yearly operating revenues in excess of $50M and approximately 1,500 inpatient beds. Managing (4) site CIOs, she has been able to determine what are the critical success factors for a healthcare CIO.
In her prior role Cara was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Partners Continuing Care, the non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare System.
Cara has over twenty years experience working in healthcare information systems with a career that spans across acute care, non-acute, for profit-vendors and consulting.
She received an undergraduate degree in Management from Boston College and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Cara is on faculty at Harvard School of Public Health where she teaches a course in executive project management. She has also been on the faculty at Emmanuel College for over 10 years where she teaches various classes in Information Systems, Management and Project Management.
Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
President and CEO, CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives)
Prior to joining CHIME, Russ Branzell was the Vice President of IS/CIO, Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) and
the President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for profit IS entity).
PVHS is an integrated health system with a reputation for excellence and innovative care.
They most recently are the recipients of the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award,
the highest Presidential honor given to United States businesses and organizations that
demonstrate performance excellence, the Colorado Performance Excellence Peak Award (first
and only organization in the state), Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals, Health Grades Distinguished
Hospital Award, Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence designation, Avatar International 5
Star National Award, and US News and World Report-America’s 50 Best Hospitals. In addition
to these honors and awards, the Information Services Division was recognized with Information
Week Magazine’s Top 500 Award for innovative technology usage and also received the Business
Technology Optimization Excellence Award for IT Governance Best Practices (2004).
Prior to joining PVHS, he was the Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information
Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. Before his time in St. Louis,
Mr. Branzell served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continues to serve in
the Air Force Reserves. While on active duty, Mr. Branzell served in numerous healthcare
administration positions including Chief Information Officer for the Air Mobility Command
Surgeon General’s Office. In 1996, he was selected for the Air Force Medical Service Fellowship
program and completed a CIO Internship at the Unity Health System in St. Louis, MO.
Mr. Branzell is a past member of the CHIME Board of Directors (2004-2008), past Chairperson
of the CHIME Education Committee (2004-2008), and past Program Director for CHIME’s Healthcare
CIO Boot Camp (2006 - 2009). He was instrumental in the development and ongoing success of CHIME’s
LEAD Forum and CHIME Foundation Boot Camp education programs, serving both as Program Director and
as a member of faculty for both since their inception. In addition, he has served as Chairperson of
CHIME’s Spring and Fall CIO Forum Planning Committees. Mr. Branzell currently serves on the CHIME
Education Foundation Board.
Mr. Branzell is a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO), a fellow of CHIME and HIMSS, and board
certified through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He was awarded the 2005
ACHE Regent’s Award as the Young Healthcare Administrator of the Year for the State of Colorado.
PVHS has received numerous industry awards in recognition of it’s commitment to the advancement
of healthcare informatics.
Russ serves on numerous editorial, volunteer, community and management boards. Additionally,
he has been a speaker at regional, national, user groups and vendor conferences.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Russ earned an undergraduate degree in business administration
specializing in human resource management and labor relations from the University of Texas. In
1995, he earned a Master’s degree in Administrative Science from Embry-Riddle University with an
emphasis in management.
Charles E. Christian, FCHIME, FHIMSS, LCHIME, CHCIO (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Vice President and CIO, St. Francis Hospital
Mr. Christian is the Vice President / Chief Information Officer of St. Francis Hospital, a free-standing, acute care, community hospital in southwest Georgia. Mr. Christian is responsible for all information technology activities throughout the enterprise and is serving in his 1st year of that role.
Prior to joining St. Francis, Mr. Christian severed as the Chief Information Officer for Good Samaritan Hospital, in Vincennes, Indiana. A position he held for almost 23 years. Before joining Good Samaritan Hospital, Mr. Christian worked in healthcare IT for Compucare and Baxter Travenol, in both management and implementation roles. Mr. Christian started his career in healthcare as a Radiologic Technologist, serving in various Radiology roles for 14 years. Mr. Christian studied natural sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lacrosse University.
Mr. Christian has delivered presentations on diverse healthcare technology topics and is frequently quoted and published in national trade publications. More recently he and co-authors, Judy Kirby and Steve Bennett, recently published “Make I.T. Known-Marketing Strategies and Cases Studies in the Healthcare Environment.”
During Mr. Christian’s tenure, Good Samaritan Hospital received the McKesson VIP Award in 2004, identified as a Solucient Top 100 Hospital – Quality Improvement Leader in 2005, listed as Most Wired (small and rural) in 2004 & 2005, a 2006 recipient of the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence and a 2008 recipient of the VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Excellence. Good Samaritan has most recently been recognized as a Magnet hospital by the ANA.
Mr. Christian is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors, and past Chair of the BOD Executive Committee for this organization. Mr. Christian was previously a member of the HIMSS Analytics Board of Directors. Mr. Christian served as the board liaison for the Advocacy & Public Policy Steering Committee and is a Fellow and charter member of College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and served on the CHIME BOD from 2003 through 2004 during which time he chaired the Membership Committee of the CHIME BOD. Mr. Christian is credentialed by CHIME as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). Mr. Christian is a charter member of the re-established Indiana Chapter of HIMSS and has served as a BOD member from 2000 - 2009. Mr. Christian served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Advance for Health Information Executives magazine. Mr. Christian served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Health Informatics Corporation by appointment of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Governor Daniels also appointed Mr. Christian the Indiana Healthcare Information Technology Board of Directors.
Mr. Christian is currently serving on the KLAS Advisory Group and the CDW-Healthcare CIO Advisory Council as well as serving on the. Mr. Christian was recently asked to join the AHA Strategic Development Advisory Committee as a charter member. Mr. Christian is a member of the Symantec Healthcare Advisory Group.
Mr. Christian, along with co-authors Judy Kirby and Steve Bennett, received the 2010 CHIME Collaboration Award for their work “Make I.T. Known – Marketing Strategies and Case Studies in the Healthcare Environment.”
Mr. Christian is the recipient of the 2010 John E. Gall, CIO of the Year Award, presented by CHIME and HIMSS.
Rodney C. Dykehouse, CHCIO (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
CIO, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine
Rodney C. Dykehouse joined Penn State Hershey Medical Center as CIO in July, 2012. He is responsible for the information technologies and the HIM department of the Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital, the Penn State School of Medicine and the physician practice group. Annually, the Medical Center has approximately $1.4B in net revenues, 27,000 admissions, 60,000 ER visits and 880,000 outpatient visits as well as $105M in funded research.
Previously, Rod was VP of Information Services and CIO of ProHealth Care, a two hospital community health system including a large group practice, 16 medical centers, nursing homes and hospice, located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. ProHealth Care (PHC) had net revenues of approximately $800 million. Under Rod’s strategic leadership, the entire PHC enterprise moved to the Epic clinical and revenue cycle solution, with an all enterprise go-live of October, 2011. Building on the excellent partnership with the local IPA, PHC formed an ACO, ProHealth Solutions (PHS). Together, PHC and PHS continue to aggressively pursue the “virtual medical community” vision, with the deployment of the Epic system to an estimated 70+ practices by September, 2012. The goals of quality clinical care, great customer service and cost effective delivery of care are targeted outcomes of the information system integration and ACO strategies in which Rod played both a strategic and tactical leadership role.
Prior to joining ProHealth Care in July, 2008, Rod served as CIO of UCLA Medical Sciences, including the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Medical Group, UCLA Medical Center, UCLA – Santa Monica Hospital, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. The UCLA Medical Sciences has approx 950 beds and net revenues of $2 billion. Rod led the IT Transition into the $1 Billion Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the development of an Information System strategy for the UCLA Enterprise.
Until May of 2006, Rod was CIO at Froedtert & Community Health, a two hospital academic and community Health System in metropolitan Milwaukee with approximately $760 million in net revenue in 2005. In this role, Rod was a member of the senior management team and responsible for telecommunication and information systems. Froedtert is the primary teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. As CIO, Rod was instrumental in developing strategies and implementation plans that effectively built the IT infrastructure across the recently consolidated health system.
Prior to joining Froedtert in 1997, Rod was VP of Information Systems for St. John Health System in Detroit, a seven hospital, 1750+ beds, Integrated Delivery System. In addition to improving the mainframe and legacy system support, Rod introduced new information technologies to St. John through internal development and vendor partnerships, including a single log-on enterprise solution, data warehousing, and client server development.
Rod’s experience with St. John Health System began in 1983 after acquiring his Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. He served in the Finance Division to support budget development and in the Operations Division to manage the relocation of clinical departments including laboratory, ICU’s, the OR, ER and diagnostic imaging into a new facility. In 1985, he moved to the Professional Services Division where he assumed responsibility for several ancillary departments including laboratory, radiation therapy, radiology, computed tomography, ultrasound, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac rehabilitation, perfusion and anesthesia. He was also responsible for the Family Medical Center, an outpatient clinic and family practice residency program, as well as a freestanding Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center, jointly owned by four independent hospitals and their respective radiology groups. He moved to Information Services in 1992.
On a national advocacy level, Rod is a past chair of CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) and of the CHIME Foundation. CHIME is comprised of approximately 1,300 senior healthcare IT executives. He was also the co-chair of NAHIT (National Alliance for Healthcare Information Technology). Currently, Rod is a member of the CHIME Advocacy Leadership Team, the AHA (American Hospital Association) HIT Advisory Network and the WHA (Wisconsin Hospital Association) HIT and State-Level HIE Task Force.
Adrienne Edens, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO (Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012)
VP & CIO, Sutter Health East Bay Region
Adrienne Edens is currently the Regional Chief Information Officer for Sutter Health in Oakland, California. She most recently held the position of Vice President and CIO at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID, where she oversees strategic planning and operations for this regional health system.
Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she was the Vice President and Information Officer for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Oakland, CA and held multiple executive positions in that organization. Previous positions include Executive IT positions with Catholic Healthcare West in Northern California and Vice President, Information Systems with Mercy Healthcare in Sacramento, CA. She also served as Practice Director for First Consulting Group in San Francisco, where she developed and managed the Pacific Northwest healthcare system’s consulting practice.
She holds an M.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis. She is a CHIME Fellow and is an active member of HIMSS.
Edward W. Marx, FCHIME, FHIMSS (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Senior Vice President and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Edward W. Marx, is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Texas Health Resources. His responsibilities include developing leaders and leveraging technologies to transform, grow, and run Texas Health. Additionally, Edward is the Governor appointed Chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, providing guideance on health information exchange.
Edward earned his B.S. in psychology and a M.S. in consumer sciences from Colorado State University.
Concurrent with his healthcare career, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a Combat Medic and then as a Combat Engineer Officer.
Edward began his career in physician services at Poudre Valley Health System (Colorado). Recruited to Parkview Episcopoal Medical Center (Colorado), he served as the CIO for their services organization and director over physician systems. In 1997, he joined Nashville based HCA as chief technologist for Physician Services. He was then recruited by Cleveland’s University Hospitals, a multi-hospital academic health system in 1999. In 2003, he became CIO and served 5 years.
Edward is active with professional organizations, advisory boards, and higher education. He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Society of Information Management (SIM), and is a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Fellow. He has served as the president of the Ohio and Tennessee Chapters of HIMSS and Chair of the Membership Services Committee. Edward is a member of the CIO advisory boards for HP, Cisco, AT&T, KLAS and Microsoft. He serves on boards for Texas Christian University, University of Texas Dallas, and Southern Methodist University.
Branded as one of the top 10 disruptive forces in healthcare, his team’s accolades include Computer Worlds “100 Best Places to Work,” American Hospitals Association “Most Wired,” Health Leaders “Marketing Awards,” CHIME, AHA and CIO’s “Most Innovative,” Information Week “Top 500,” and the Project Management Institute “Top Projects.” Several of his employees have been recognized as “One’s to Watch.” Edward was recognized by both CIO and Computer World as “Top 100 Leaders” and the Dallas Business Journal “Newcomer of the Year.”
Edward is an active communicator. His blog “CIO Unplugged,” receives thirty-thousand hits monthly. A frequent conference speaker, he also keeps followers informed via Twitter, Yammer, LinkedIn and FaceBook.
With a passion for athletics, Edward has competed in over 100 triathlons, including Ironman and Escape from Alcatraz. He has completed many of these triathlons with his children Brandon and Talitha. His focus has recently shifted to mountain climbing, and in 2011, he conquered Kilimanjaro. He and his wife Julie participate in Adventure Races and share a love for Argentine Tango. Both are active in their church and community.
Timothy Stettheimer, Ph.D., FCHIME, CHCIO (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Senior Vice President, St. Vincent's Health System, and Regional CIO, Ascension Health
Timothy Stettheimer, Ph.D. serves as senior vice-president and chief information officer for St. Vincent's Health System in
Birmingham, Alabama. St. Vincent’s Health System includes four acute care hospitals and one ambulatory facility and is part of St. Louis
based Ascension Health. In addition to his CIO duties at St. Vincent’s Health System, Dr. Stettheimer also holds the title of Regional
Chief Information Officer for Ascension Health. His regional leadership includes responsibility for health systems in Nashville (TN),
Birmingham (AL), Mobile (AL), Pensacola (FL), and Jacksonville (FL).
Among Dr. Stettheimer’s hospitals is St. Vincent’s – Birmingham a multi-year “Most Wired” winner. St. Vincent’s leads Ascension
Health as well as the industry in the use of innovative and enabling technology such as robotic surgery, pervasive mobile and context aware
computing, integrated clinical repositories and electronic patient records. At St. Vincent’s Health System, Dr. Stettheimer has responsibility
for strategic and tactical information technology initiatives, as well as alliances and partnerships with external companies to support information
initiatives. His participation with ministry activities supports health system level initiatives to fulfill Ascension Health’s Call to Action for
Healthcare that is Safe and Healthcare that Works.
Dr. Stettheimer is a Fellow with both the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American College of
Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is also certified as a professional in healthcare information management systems (CPHIMS) as a member of the Healthcare
Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In 2005, Dr. Stettheimer was named the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year by CHIME and HIMSS. He was also
recognized as a Medical Informatics Fellow under a National Institute of Health Grant (1993-1995) during his doctoral studies. He holds faculty positions
with the University of Alabama – Birmingham and the University of North Texas where he teaches Master’s and Doctoral classes in information systems and
medical informatics. Dr. Stettheimer previously served as a regional information services executive in Fort Worth, Texas for Florida-based Adventist Health
System. His Ph.D. was earned from the University of North Texas, focused in the field of medical informatics.
Dr. Stettheimer has served as a member of the McKesson Strategic Advisory Council, Adobe Corporation’s CIO Council and the Editorial Advisory
Board for Advance for Healthcare Information Executives. He has also previously served on the HP Healthcare Executive Council and on the Advisory Board for
The Emerging Technologies and Healthcare Innovations Conference. Dr. Stettheimer has delivered presentations on diverse healthcare technology topics and is
frequently quoted and published in national trade publications.
Dr. Stettheimer has earned the Certified Healthcare CIO distinction from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
He also served as the CHIME 2010 Board Chair and the 2011 CHIME Foundation Board Chair. He currently chairs the CHIME Education Foundation.
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CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum
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