CHIME Names Liz Johnson 2019 CHIME Outstanding Service Award Winner
PHOENIX, AZ, Nov. 4, 2019 – When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a 1,000-page-plus proposed rule in 2019, there was one healthcare IT leader who gleefully rubbed her hands before diving into the murky prose. Her goal: to help her colleagues assess the policy’s impact and provide a clear and insightful response to then submit to the agency. And when the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced the formation of an Opioid Task Force, that same leader jumped at the chance to help try to curb the epidemic. As a volunteer on the member-elected Board of Trustees, a faculty member, a mentor, a policy dynamo and much more, Liz Johnson has shown a passion for serving CHIME and her fellow members over the years.
Today she was named the 2019 CHIME Outstanding Service Award winner in recognition of all that she has done for CHIME and the health IT community. The award was announced at the 2019 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix.
“Liz is a legend in our industry,” said CHIME Board Chair Shafiq Rab, MD, senior vice president and CIO at Rush University Medical Center. “She approaches everything with integrity, whether it is educating policymakers, teaching health IT executives or helping her peers. Whatever the role, she never loses sight on patients and how we can best serve them.”
Johnson recently retired as the chief innovation officer at Tenet Healthcare. Prior to that position, she was the CIO of Acute Care Hospitals and Clinical Informatics at Tenet. She currently serves as the chair of the CHIME Education Foundation, vice chair of the Policy Steering Committee and a CHIME faculty member. Her past contributions include CHIME Foundation Board chair (2018) Policy Steering Committee chair (2018); CHIME Board chair (2017), and a founding member of the CHIME Opioid Task Force. She is a CHIME Fellow and a Lifetime Member.
In 2014, she received CHIME’s Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership. Her other honors include the HIMSS 2018 Distinguished Fellows Service Award, the 2016 University of Texas at Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, and inclusion in numerous publications listing the most influential leaders in healthcare IT.
“The members of CHIME are like family to me,” Johnson said. “They have stood beside me throughout my career, offering guidance and advice whenever I needed it. It is a privilege to be able to provide the same to others. To be recognized by my peers for doing something I love is beyond wonderful. Thank you!”
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