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The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp
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CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp
October 24-27, 2014 • JW Marriott • San Antonio, Texas

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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, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
Corporate Director of IS and CIO, Community Hospitals and Non-Acute Entities

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, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
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 (PVHSí 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), Solucientís 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-Americaís 50 Best Hospitals. In addition to these honors and awards, the Information Services Division was recognized with Information Week Magazineís 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 Generalís 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 CHIMEís Healthcare CIO Boot Camp (2006 - 2009). He was instrumental in the development and ongoing success of CHIMEís 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 CHIMEís 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 Regentís Award as the Young Healthcare Administrator of the Year for the State of Colorado. PVHS has received numerous industry awards in recognition of itís 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 Masterís degree in Administrative Science from Embry-Riddle University with an emphasis in management.

Geoff Brown, FCHIME (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
VP & CIO, Piedmont Healthcare

Geoff Brown is VP & CIO at Piedmont Healthcare. He has over 33 consecutive years of progressive experience in Information Technology (IT), management, consulting and strategic planning. Brown is in the unique position of having work experience as CIO in public, for profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. He is well known for delivering real results through improved utilization of technology and people. 

Piedmont is a not-for-profit, fully integrated healthcare delivery system located in Atlanta with 5 hospitals, 1063 inpatient beds, 2200 physicians and 11,000 employees.  A tradition that began in 1905 with the founding of Piedmont Sanatorium by two physicians.  Piedmont Heart has achieved top 5% recognition in the nation for Cardiology Services.  In addition, Piedmont Heart is a five-star recipient for treatment of heart attack, heart failure, coronary bypass surgery and coronary interventional procedures according to HealthGrades.

Prior to Piedmont, Brown served in Northern Virginia as SVP & CIO at Inova Health System (IHS).  IHS, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the Washington DC metropolitan area with history dating back to 1872.  In addition, IHS is a fully integrated delivery system with 1753 inpatient beds, 3367 physicians and 16,000 employees.

Other positions held by Brown include VP & CIO with Grady Health System and Associate Hospital Administrator & CIO at Tenet Health System’s Atlanta Medical Center (formerly known as Georgia Baptist) and South Fulton Medical Center.   

Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was awarded an American Management Association Certification from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Charles E. Christian, FCHIME, FHIMSS, LCHIME, CHCIO (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)
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. Christianís tenure, Good Samaritan Hospital received the McKesson VIP Award in 2004, identified as a Solucient Top 100 Hospital Ė 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 Ė 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, FCHIME, CHCIO (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
CIO, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine

Rodney C. Dykehouse joined Penn State Hershey as CIO in July, 2012. He is responsible for the information technologies and the HIM department of the Medical Center, the newly opened Hershey Childrenís 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. The new Penn State Hershey Institute of Personalized Medicine is a leader in linking genomics and clinical medicine, an area of focus for the IT team.

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 Rodís 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 Ė Santa Monica Hospital, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Childrenís 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.

Rodís 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, ICUís, 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 Policy Steering Council, 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, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
VP & CIO, Sutter Health East Bay Region

Adrienne Edens, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO is Vice President and CIO for the East Bay Region of the Sutter Health system in Northern California. The Information Systems organization at Sutter is significantly centralized with common systems in use across the five regions and continuing consolidation through Sutter Health Shared Services. Business Office and HIM functions are in the process of migrating from the regions to Shared Services, with HR and Finance scheduled for 2014. A single EHR is being rolled out across the regions; the East Bay completed implementation in April of 2012. The region is now focused on optimization and implementing lean processes to support improved care coordination and to achieve the vision of One Sutter across the enterprise.

Ms. Edens has over 25 years of healthcare information systems experience. As the CIO for St. Lukeís Health System in Boise, Idaho, she engaged the organization in developing a physician led strategy for the electronic medical record to consolidate EHRs from 14 to one. This approach provided the means to integrate a widely distributed system of hospitals, physician offices, clinics and rural critical access hospitals. While at St. Lukeís she served as a member of the board of the state wide HIE, the Idaho Health Data Exchange. As the Information Officer for National Health Plan systems for Kaiser Permanente she led the program to achieve compliance with Medicare Part D for the Kaiser regions and developed the first deductible plan capabilities for the California regions. As Regional CIO for the Sacramento Region and Information Officer, Northern California for Catholic Healthcare West, Ms. Edens managed the process of integrating systems for hospitals joining the region and developing and implementing IT strategic plans and shared systems for multiple regions within CHW.

Prior to these positions she served as Practice Director, Pacific Northwest, for First Consulting Group where she led a number of strategic IT planning engagements, vendor selections, contract negotiations and application implementation projects for healthcare financial and clinical systems.

Her background also includes experience as a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co., and as Product Manager for clinical systems development and Director of Implementation for system projects to support 90 hospitals and associated divisional and corporate users at American Medical International.

Adrienne holds a Bachelorís Degree in English from the University of California at Davis, and a Masterís Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is a charter member and past Board member of CHIME and is a member of the Board of HIMSS Analytics.

George T. (Buddy) Hickman, LCHIME, LFHIMSS, CPHIMS, CHCIO (Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
EVP & CIO, Albany Medical Center

George Hickman is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Albany Medical Center in New Yorkís Capital Region. George is responsible for overseeing all information technology activities throughout the hospitalís, physician faculty practice and medical college. Before joining Albany Medical, he was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP.

This is Georgeís third academic CIO post. He also has worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers and started his career as a hospital project engineer. He has worked with health provider organizations across the U.S. as well as for the Ministry of Health in Singapore and the U.K Health Authority and publishes frequently on healthcare IT and operational change topics.

George is a former board chair, the Foundation board chair, a charter member, and a Life member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

He was awarded the 2007 CHIME/HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. Award as CIO of the Year.

He is past board chair, past executive compensation committee chair, and a Life Fellow member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is also a HIMSS Analytics past board member.

George is an advisory board member emeritus for KLAS and sits on the editorial advisory board for healthsystemcio.com as well as several association, local, state and vendor industry committees.

He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of health IT-related topics and has published extensively on health IT issues, including co-authoring "The Healthcare IT Planning Fieldbook."

He holds a BS and an MS in engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Liz Johnson, RN-BC, MS, FHIMSS (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
VP, Applied Clinical Informatics, Tenet Healthcare

Elizabeth O. Johnson is the nationally recognized, award-winning Vice President of Applied Clinical Informatics for Tenet Healthcare, the nationís second largest publicly traded healthcare system, with more than $9 billion in annual revenue and a workforce of more than 46,000. She provides the strategic vision and tactical planning for all clinical systems used across Tenetís 49 hospitals nationwide.

Since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and its key Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act provision in 2009, Ms. Johnson has led Tenetís transformational IMPACT (Improving Patient Care through Technology) Program. This signature program addresses the national call for healthcare reform through the meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) at Tenetís hospitals nationwide. Ms. Johnson is also leading IMPACT beyond the implementation of EHRs, driving the use of the data they generate to produce new insights and intelligence for improvements in healthcare quality at lower costs.

In addition to her role at Tenet, Ms. Johnson leverages more than 30 years of executive and professional nursing experience in provider organizations to benefit the U.S. healthcare reform movement in Washington, D.C. There, she serves as a member of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee, under the auspices of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, or ONC. Appointed to this position by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Ms. Johnson also co-chairs the HIT Standards Committee Implementation Workgroup. Her many contributions help determine how ARRAís HITECH legislation can best be enacted throughout the nation. Her participation on the Committee also helps to define the term "meaningful use" as it drives the integration of interoperable EHRs across the U.S. Healthcare System. In the last 5 years, Liz has contributed chapters to three national texts specifically illuminating HIT policy, Communication Strategy and Staff Development for HIT implementations.

Ms. Johnsonís contributions to Tenet and the U.S. Healthcare System have earned her recognition by some of the most respected professional associations and publications in the industry. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Ms. Johnson earned Modern Healthcareís recognition as one of the nationís top 25 clinical informaticists. She was also named by the Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS) as not only as 2010 "50-in-50" Memorable Contributors in HIMSSí 50 Year History, but also as the recipient of the coveted HIMSS 2010 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award.

Prior to joining Tenet Healthcare, Ms. Johnson was Executive Vice President for the Healthlink Corporation managing national consulting healthcare practices. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Nursing for Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; and Director of Womenís Services at All Saints Episcopal Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas. She is a Registered Nurse in Texas and is nationally credentialed as a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) by HIMSS.

Her past and present academic, professional-society and community-service associations include appointments to the Adjunct Faculties of the University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas Womenís University in Denton, Texas; as an Associate with the American College of Healthcare Executives; as a member, fellow member and former Vice Chair of HIMSS; to the Board of Trustees at Tarrant County Junior College; and to the Board of Directors of the YMCA in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Edward W. Marx, FCHIME, FHIMSS (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
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 Clevelandís 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 teamís accolades include Computer Worlds "100 Best Places to Work," American Hospitals Association "Most Wired," Health Leaders "Marketing Awards," CHIME, AHA and CIOís "Most Innovative," Information Week "Top 500," and the Project Management Institute "Top Projects." Several of his employees have been recognized as "Oneís 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.

Richard I. Skinner, FCHIME (Founding faculty member, Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
CIO, University of Virginia Health System

Rick is a healthcare IT Executive with over 25 yearsí experience in healthcare information systems, including positions as the CIO for US health systems, the Ontario, Canada health system, a medical research laboratory, independent consulting and as project manager for the development and implementation of the Department of Defenseís global medical information system.

Rick is currently the Chief Information and Technology Officer at the University of Virginia Health System, with responsibilities for Information Technology, Health Information Management and Clinical Engineering.

Rick was formerly the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cancer Care Ontario, responsible for providing information technology and information management for the Provinceís cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care programs and services.

Rick was a Director at Navigant Consulting, a global professional services firm specializing in healthcare and litigation support, responsible for the healthcare IT practice. Rick was also Vice President for First Consulting Group, a healthcare IT focused firm active in helping its clients in provider, health plan, government and life sciences organizations achieve their goals through the use of information technology. He led the outsourcing business unit for FCG.

Rick previously was Vice President Ė IS and CIO for the Providence Health System, an organization which operates hospitals, a health plan, various physician practices, and manages numerous home health and long term care businesses across the western states of the US.

Rick was also a US Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, after leading the Armyís healthcare IT initiatives as a program manager as well as performing in different Army command and leadership roles.

Rick is an author and frequent speaker on healthcare information technology as well as a leader in Canadian and US national organizations such as Canadaís Health Informatics Executive Forum, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He was the recipient in 1994 of the Healthcare Information Executives Forum, Crystal Award for Excellence. Most recently, he received the HIMSS John Gall Award for Healthcare CIO of the Year at the 2002 HIMSS Conference.


Timothy Stettheimer, Ph.D., FACHE, FCHIME, CHCIO, CPHIMS (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
Vice President & Regional CIO, Ascension Information Services

Timothy Stettheimer, Ph.D. serves as senior vice-president and chief information officer for St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. St. Vincentís 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. Vincentís 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. Stettheimerís hospitals is St. Vincentís Ė Birmingham a multi-year "Most Wired" winner. St. Vincentís 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. Vincentís 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 Healthís 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 Ė Birmingham and the University of North Texas where he teaches Masterís 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 Corporationís 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.


Gretchen Tegethoff, CHCIO, FCHIME (Fall 2013)
Chief Information Officer

Gretchen Tegethoff most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Athens Regional Health System, a nationally acclaimed, acute care facility with 360 beds and Level 2 Trauma services, four urgent care centers, a quality network of physicians and specialists, a health maintenance organization, and a home health agency, located in Athens, GA.

She previously served as the Chief Information Officer at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.

She is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), CHIME Education Foundation Board, and previously served on the CHIME Board with a leadership role in Public Policy and as the 2013 Treasurer and Secretary. She is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and is serving on the GA HIMSS Board of Directors as the Advocacy Committee Chair. She is also a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), serving on the Information Governance Task Force. She has been engaged in various national and state health IT initiatives including workforce development programs and health information exchange initiatives. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Recently, Tegethoff was named in InformationWeekís "20 Health IT Leaders Who Are Driving Change" and Beckerís Hospital Review "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know". In 2011, she was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of twelve national leaders in the publicationís "Up and Comers" report.

Tegethoff earned her Masterís Degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University School of Business and her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from West Virginia University School of Medicine.