Introducing the faculty for the CHIME Clinical Informatics Leadership Boot Camp 2022!
Featured Speaker: CT Lin, MD, CMIO, University of Colorado Health
Nicole Kerkenbush, MHA, MN, Chief Performance Officer, Monument Health
▼ About Nicole
Nicole Kerkenbush joined Monument Health (formerly Regional Health) in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2016, and is currently serving on the Executive Team in the role of Chief Nursing and Performance Officer. The areas she is responsible for include Nursing, Operational Performance Management, Patient Centered Design, and Enterprise Intelligence. She initially joined Regional Health as their first Vice President of Data Analytics.
Prior to joining Monument Health, Nicole served 24 years in the United States Army Nurse Corps where she focused on supporting quality healthcare with information and technology. Key roles that Nicole served in during her time in the Army included Chief Information Officer, Chief Medical Information Officer, and Military Functional Deputy Program Executive Officer. She also served as the Nursing Informatics Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for four years. She retired at the rank of Colonel.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She also received Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration and Nursing, as well as a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Cynthia L. Kuelbs, MD, CMIO, Rady Children’s Hospital
▼ About Cynthia
Cynthia L. Kuelbs, MD, is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital and is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics.
Howard Landa, MD, Vice President of Clinical Informatics and EHR, Sutter Health
▼ About Howard
Howard Landa, MD has been the Vice President of Clinical Informatics and EHR for Sutter Health since mid-2017. In this role he oversees Provider Informatics from both an EHR integrity and technology change management perspective. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at Alameda Health System (2009-17) after being the CMIO of Kaiser’s Hawaii Region 2001-2009. He began his career as a Pediatric Urologist at Loma Linda University (starting in1990) where he started his informatics career as a Medical Director of Information Systems.
His career has been driven by two ideals. The first is a belief that Healthcare Information Technology can be leveraged to improve the Quality and Efficiency of Healthcare delivery and to support both Patient and Provider satisfaction since before the “Quadruple Aim” was born. And the second that Medicine is the original “open source” profession, creating a responsibility to share what we learn in the emerging field of Informatics. To this end has been a teacher and a leader in both AMDIS and HIMSS for over 20 years; and was named one of the top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
CT Lin, MD, CMIO, University of Colorado Health
▼ About CT
CT Lin, MD is CMIO at UCHealth, a 12-hospital, 800-clinic system in the Rocky Mountains. He helped UCHealth achieve HIMSS Stage 7 and CHIME Most Wired level 10. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics and sees primary care internal medicine patients. He also facilitates workshops on physician wellness and physician-patient communication. His informatics work focuses on reducing the EHR burden, predictive analytics, and patient engagement and collaboration. He leads a team of 24 physician informaticians. “Our vision: We improve physician and team wellness and effectiveness by building extraordinary relationships and innovative tools.”
Theresa Meadows, CHCIO, Sr. VP/CIO, Cook Children’s Health Care System
▼ About Theresa
Theresa Meadows is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas. Cook Children’s is a national award-winning, not-for-profit, integrated pediatric health care system comprised of nine companies. She leads a team of 300 members covering areas such as infrastructure, applications, telecommunications, and program management. The IS team currently supports 140 project initiatives that include deploying business intelligence, advanced clinical systems, security and enterprise resource management.
For has 20+ years she has lead efforts for incorporating information systems as a mechanism for facilitating process improvement, clinical quality, and efficiency. Prior to joining Cook Children’s her career included serving in roles as a registered nurse in a Cardiac Transplant Unit; healthcare consulting, project management, and leadership positions at a web development company and a large Electronic Medical Record Company. Meadows also served as a Regional Director for Ascension Health Information Services where she not only lead software implementations but was instrumental in the development of Communities of Excellence.
In her current position, Meadows has led the organization through extensive improvements and modernization. In 2012, the organization received recognition as one of the Most Improved Hospitals as part of the “Most Wired” award program and recognized as one of the Information Week 500 innovators. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Cook Children’s received “Most Wired” designation. Cook Children’s was recognized by Computeworld’s Honors program for their state of the art distributed antenna system implementation. In addition, Ms. Meadows was also named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT leaders for 2013. Ms. Meadows’ department has been recognized as one of the “Best Hospital IT Departments to Work” by Healthcare IT News and by Computerworld as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT in 2015. In 2016 & 2017, Meadows was recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT and in 2017 is a Finalist for the North Texas non-profit CIO of the year.
Ms. Meadows currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Health and Human Services Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force. This task force is charged in creating recommendations in improving cybersecurity posture in the healthcare industry. The taskforce recommendations will be delivered in March 2017. Meadows currently serves on the NetApp Healthcare CXO Advisory Board and is a member of the McKesson Innovation Leadership Council. She served as chair for the North Texas Healthcare Information and Quality Collaborative (NTHIQC). Ms. Meadows has published several articles and her organization was the first to participate in the CHIME case study publications on their successful implementation of bar-coded medication verification.
Ms. Meadows has a master’s degree in healthcare informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of the Children’s Hospital Association CIO Council; is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is an active member of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME). Ms. Meadows is a graduate of Healthcare CIO Boot Camp™ and is a credentialed by CHIME as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).
George Reynolds, MD, CHCIO, Clinical Informatics Executive Advisor, CHIME
▼ About George
Dr. Reynolds retired in 2015 from Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE where he served as the CIO and CMIO. He now advises healthcare organizations on a range of Healthcare IT initiatives including analytics and data governance, population health management, patient and physician engagement and IT governance. He has a special interest in helping organizations develop efficient, lean project leadership and staffing.
George is board certified in Clinical Informatics, Pediatric Critical Care and General Pediatrics. Prior to his transition to the CIO role, he directed the PICUs at Children’s and the Nebraska Medical Center. He also holds a master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been recognized as Healthcare Informatics’ Innovator of the year for Children’s Analytics program, as well as the AMDIS Award in Applied Medical Informatics. Modern Healthcare named him one of the 25 top Clinical Informaticists and Becker’s Healthcare included him in their 25 CMIOs to know list.