Modern Healthcare and HIMSS Announce 2006 CEO IT Achievement Award Call For Nominations

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Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced today the call for nominations for the 4th annual CEO IT Achievement Award.

Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced today the call for nominations for the 4th annual CEO IT Achievement Award. The award recognizes one or more healthcare industry chief executive officers (CEOs) who demonstrate leadership and commitment to using information technology to advance the strategic goals of their healthcare organizations.

Open to CEOs of any healthcare organization, the award will be judged by a panel of CEOs and CIOs from healthcare provider organizations. To nominate a CEO, visit modernhealthcare.com or himss.org. The submission deadline is February 28, 2006.

“The CEO IT Achievement Award shines a light on healthcare CEOs who understand the immeasurable role IT plays in helping their organizations achieve clinical, operational and service excellence goals. It also creates excellent real-world examples for others to follow,” said Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare.

The nation’s leading healthcare CEOs and chief information officers (CIOs) select the winners of this prestigious award, which has recognized eight individuals since its inception in 2003. Modern Healthcare will announce this year’s recipient(s) in the April 10, 2006 issue and profile the recipients in a special supplement to the June 5, 2006 issue. The recipient(s) will also be honored at a banquet in Washington D.C. on June 6, 2006.

“The CEOs who receive this award recognize information technology as a strategic component of quality patient care,” said H. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS president/CEO. “Together, HIMSS and Modern Healthcare honor these individuals whose leadership and insight have made a positive difference in our industry and in the lives of their staffs and the patients their institutions serve.”

Previous winners of the CEO IT Achievement award include:

Joel Allison, President and CEO, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, Texas (2005)

George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Oakland, Calif. (2005)

Mark Neaman, President and CEO, Evanston (Ill.) Northwestern Healthcare (2005)

G. Richard Hastings, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Health System, Kansas City, Mo. (2004)

Judith Pelham, President and CEO, Trinity Health, Novi, Mich. (2004)

Leonard Schaeffer, Chairman and CEO, WellPoint Health Networks, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (2004)

George Vecchione, President and CEO, Lifespan, Providence, R.I. (2003)

Pete Velez, Executive Director, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst, N.Y. (2003)

For more information on the CEO IT Achievement award, contact Brenda Stewart, director of marketing, Modern Healthcare at 312-649-5499 or Erica Pantuso, director of member relations, HIMSS at 312-915-9277.

About Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s only healthcare business news weekly, providing healthcare executives with the most credible and relied-upon business news and information. In addition to the weekly print magazine, Modern Healthcare keeps readers informed via its daily enewsletter, the Daily Dose; its daily IT enewsletter, HITS; its breaking news email, Modern Healthcare Alert, its Website, modernhealthcare.com and its monthly physician executive ezine, Modern Physician.

About HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents approximately 17,000 individual members and more than 275 member corporations that employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care. Visit http://www.himss.org for more information.

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