CHIME Presents Longtime Member and 2006 Chair Bill Spooner with Legacy Award
SAN DIEGO, CA, Oct. 31, 2018 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Board of Trustees awarded longtime member and 2006 CHIME Board Chair William Spooner with the Legacy Award in honor of his many contributions to CHIME and to the industry. He received the award today during the 2018 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in San Diego.
“Bill has done literally everything CHIME has asked of him, and more,” said Russell Branzell, CHIME president and CEO. “This year alone he has served as the chair of the Most Wired Governing Board in addition to being on the CHIME Opioid Task Force and the Public Policy Steering Committee. He brings so much knowledge, insight and good spirit to everything he does. We are privileged to have him in the CHIME family.”
Spooner, who joined CHIME in 1996, has more than 40 years of healthcare experience. For 18 years, he led an aggressive IT program at Sharp HealthCare that helped it develop into the leading integrated delivery network in San Diego and win prestigious awards, including the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He retired in 2014 and currently is a founding advisor at Next Wave Advisors, a Huntzinger Company.
“Bill is supposed to be retired, but he is the busiest retiree I know,” said Cletis Earle, chair of the CHIME Board of Trustees and senior vice president and CIO at Kaleida Health. “He is truly committed to everything he does. He was critical to the success of CHIME’s Most Wired program this year, and his participation on the PSC and the CHIME Opioid Task Force has been invaluable.”
Spooner has received numerous awards from CHIME, including the 2009 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award and CHIME’s inaugural Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership. In 2011, Information Week named him one of the “25 leaders driving the healthcare IT revolution.”
Spooner is only the fifth CHIME member to receive a Legacy Award. Previous winners are Tim Zoph in 2013 and David Muntz, Judy Murphy and Doug Fridsma in 2014.
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) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 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 healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME