CHIME Announces Officers for 2020 and Welcomes Incoming Board Members
Russ Branzell – President & CEO CHIME
The team at CHIME is excited to share the CHIME Board of Trustee’s selection for officers in 2020 and announce the names of three new members who will join the board in 2019. We have a stellar board that has been making great strides in setting the future direction of CHIME, and a strong roster of new members to keep our momentum going.
John Kravitz, senior vice president and CIO at Geisinger Health System, will assume the duties as chair beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Among John’s many contributions to the healthcare IT industry is a nationally acclaimed program at Geisinger that has drastically reduced the amount of opioid proscribing by providers. John, who is a member of the CHIME Opioid Task Force, described Geisinger’s model in testimony before a House subcommittee and in a College LIVE webinar. It was one of our best attended webinars and we know that the best practices he shared are making a difference as we battle the opioid crisis in the U.S.
Rusty Yeager, senior vice president and CIO at Encompass Health, will be your 2020 secretary. Rusty has been a passionate advocate for creating a seamless exchange of information between the hospital and post-acute care settings to better coordinate care for patients. Rusty was instrumental in a CHIME collaboration with the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit earlier this year.
Sheree McFarland, division CIO of the West Florida Division at HCA Healthcare, will be your 2020 treasurer. Sheree’s incredible energy and enthusiasm are unparalleled. Sheree has been a prominent role model and mentor for women in healthcare IT. It was no surprise that she made – for the third year in a row – Health Data Management’s list of Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT in 2018.
As previously announced, Shafiq Rab, MD, senior vice president and CIO at Rush University Medical Center, will become your chair as of Jan. 1, 2019. Joining him will be Marc Chasin, MD, CMIO at Westchester Medical Center, as secretary, and Michael Martz, senior vice president and CIO at Mount Nittany Health, as treasurer.
We had an outstanding slate of candidates who ran for three open seats on the board. We are pleased to announce that you elected three talented leaders to represent you starting Jan. 1, 2019. They are David Chou, vice president and chief information and digital officer at Children’s Mercy Hospital; Edward Marx, CIO at Cleveland Clinic; and Tanya Townsend, senior vice president and CIO for LCMC Health. Each of these leaders has a distinguished career in healthcare IT and will be valuable members of the board.
CHIME is also pleased to announce the election of Helen Waters, executive vice president at Meditech, to the CHIME Foundation Board. She will begin her term on Jan. 1, 2019.
CHIME is honored to serve you and to work with this amazing leadership team. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you, now or at any time in the future.
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