CHIME Announces Officers, New Members for Board of Trustees
ANN ARBOR, MI, Oct. 11, 2019 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to share new officer and membership announcements for the CHIME Board of Trustees.
The Board has selected officers for the 2021 Board, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Tanya Townsend, senior vice president and CIO at LCMC Health, as Board chair; David Chou, chief information officer at Luye Medical Group, as secretary; and Darren Dworkin, CIO and senior vice president of enterprise information at Cedars Sinai, as treasurer.
As announced previously, John Kravitz, senior vice president and corporate CIO at Geisinger Health System, will serve as your 2020 Board chair, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Sheree McFarland, Division CIO, West Florida Division at HCA, will serve as secretary and Rusty Yeager, senior vice president and CIO at Encompass Health, as treasurer. 2019 Board Chair Shafiq Rab, MD, will transition to the position of chair of the CHIME Foundation Board.
CHIME is pleased to announce the addition of three new members from CHIME and one representative from a CHIME Foundation firm to the CHIME Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Joining the board will be:
- George (Buddy) Hickman, EVP, System Chief Information & Chief Analytics Officer (CIO/CAO), Albany Medical Center
- Daniel Nigrin, MD, SVP & CIO, Boston Children’s Hospital
- Sarah Richardson, VP of IT Change Management, OptumCare
- Ajay Kapare, VP of Marketing and Strategy, ELLKAY
“We are thrilled that Buddy, Daniel, Sarah and Ajay will join the board next year,” said CHIME Board Chair Shafiq Rab, MD. “They are all strong leaders who represent a diverse set of healthcare organizations. Buddy has deep experience as a CIO in an academic setting. Daniel is a physician as well as a trained medical informaticist. Sarah is driving change in her organization with her team- and relationship-building skills and Ajay offers very timely perspective on healthcare’s growing connectivity.”
CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell said the Board of Trustees has been the driving force behind CHIME’s continued growth and prominence in the industry. “Our board members set the long-term vision for CHIME and are critical for our success,” Branzell said. “We are blessed to have so many exceptional leaders who are dedicated to transforming health and care around the world.”
Hickman is responsible for overseeing all informational technology, biomedical engineering and data analytics activities throughout Albany’s academic health science system, hospitals, physician faculty practice and medical college. At CHIME, he is a CIO Boot Camp faculty member and a Speakers Bureau faculty member. A member since 2001, his past positions include former CHIME Board chair, former CHIME Foundation Board chair and former CHIME Education Foundation Board chair. In 2012, he was named the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year.
Nigrin is a practicing physician and researcher with training in medical informatics. He was appointed director of clinical computing at Boston Children’s in 2000 and CIO in 2001. In addition to his role as CIO, he is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a senior member in the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program and a practicing member of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. He is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and medical informatics. He joined CHIME in 2001 and is a Speakers Bureau faculty member.
Richardson began her career in the hotel and casino industry in Las Vegas before transitioning to healthcare at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. She worked for 10 years at HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) and was promoted three times, with her last position as Division CIO. At OptumCare, she focuses on developing innovative models of healthcare delivery that support coordinated care by building collaborative relationships across the continuum. She joined CHIME in 2010 and is a CIO Boot Camp faculty member, a Speakers Bureau faculty member and a CHIME Media Liaison.
Kapare develops and drives strategic industry, business and marketing relationships at ELLKAY and has participated in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Meaningful Use and Health Care Policy meetings in Washington, D.C. His previous positions include head of marketing at CompuGroup Medical US, director of global marketing at Sunquest Information Systems and product manager for Sunquest’s Business Analytics and Radiology solutions.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,900 members in 56 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME