CHIME Honors Indiana HIE VP Chuck Christian with Outstanding Service Award

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov. 1, 2017 – Charles (Chuck) Christian’s commitment to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) predates his present position as a vice president at the Indiana Health Information Exchange in Indianapolis, his two-year stint as a vice president and CIO at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga., and goes well into his 23-year tenure at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind. Over the years he has served as:

  • Chair of the CHIME Foundation Board (2016)
  • Chair of the CHIME Board (2015)
  • CHIME Board chair-elect (2014)
  • Chair of the CHIME Policy Steering Committee (2011, 2013 and 2016)
  • Member of the CHIME Policy Steering Committee (2010 to present)
  • Member of the CHIME Board (2002-2004)

He’s won numerous awards from CHIME, including the John E. Gall HIMSS/CHIME CIO of the Year (2010), the CHIME Collaboration Award (2010) and this year’s Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership.

Today he added one more honor to his extensive list of accomplishments: the 2017 CHIME Outstanding Service Award. The award recognizes a member who has shown extraordinary dedication to CHIME through participation in CHIME programs and volunteer service. The award was announced at the CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, Texas.

CHIME Board Chair Liz Johnson, CIO of Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, praised Christian for his leadership, mentorship and commitment to CHIME and the CIO profession. “As CIOs and CHIME members, we are all better at what we do because of Chuck’s influence,” she said. “He sets the example of what it means to be a thoughtful and committed leader who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing health IT through his incredible service to our industry.”

Christian is vice president of technology and engagement at the Indiana Health Information Exchange, which operates the nation’s largest interorganizational clinical data repository. He is a charter member of CHIME, a CHIME Fellow and a CHIME Lifetime Member. Besides his extensive service on boards and committees, he also has been a member of the CHIME Boot Camp faculty and a popular forum speaker.

“I have had the pleasure to grow with CHIME and watch our roles as CIOs evolve from IT specialists to valuable members in our organizations’ leadership teams,” Christian said. “I am blessed to work alongside colleagues at CHIME who share my passion for improving patient care through health IT, and I am honored that they selected me for this award.”    

To learn more about the CHIME Outstanding Service Award, go here.     


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,400 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors 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 healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit



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