Olathe Health System Hires New CIO

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Olathe Health System in Olathe, Kan., has hired George Dix to fill the role of chief information officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 20 years of senior leadership experience, Dix assumes his new duties at Olathe Health System in January 2012.

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With many years of information technology leadership at systems similar to ours, George brings a background in contract negotiation and a proven ability to successfully implement complicated IT systems.

Lenexa, Kan. (PRWEB) January 04, 2012

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Olathe Health System in Olathe, Kan., has hired George Dix to fill the role of chief information officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 20 years of senior leadership experience, Dix assumes his new duties at Olathe Health System in January 2012.

“With many years of information technology leadership at systems similar to ours, George brings a background in contract negotiation and a proven ability to successfully implement complicated IT systems,” said Tierney Grasser, senior vice president of finance, Olathe Health System. “His skill set will be a real asset as we continue leveraging technology to enhance service delivery at Olathe Health System.”

Prior to joining Olathe Health System, Dix was vice president and CIO at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C., where he led the information technology function for this system of five hospitals and more than 150 primary care physician offices throughout eastern North Carolina. He also served in executive information technology roles at Ascension Health Information Services/Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Catholic Health Initiatives in Erlanger, Ken.; and Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan.

“Olathe Health System was seeking a CIO with proven success setting the strategic direction for IT while leading complex technology initiatives system wide, including electronic medical records implementation,” according to Kathy Hall, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith, the leadership solutions firm who conducted the nationwide CIO search for Olathe Health System. “George’s background was a perfect fit for their needs.”

Dix earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a certified professional in healthcare information management by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

About Olathe Health System:
Olathe Health System is an independent, regional health network that serves five counties through Olathe Medical Center (OMC), Miami County Medical Center (MCMC), the 37 family care and specialty clinics of Olathe Medical Services, and a roster of more than 320 physicians and 2,600 employees. OMC inhabits one of the largest hospital campuses (Olathe Medical Park) in the Midwest and has one of the busiest emergency care centers in the region. Both OMC and MCMC are accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information, visit http://www.olathehealth.org.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service leadership solutions firm for healthcare providers. B. E. Smith’s comprehensive suite of services includes Interim Healthcare Leadership, Permanent Executive Placements and Consulting Solutions. The company is comprised of veteran healthcare leaders who partner with each client to create solutions that uniquely fit their needs. B. E. Smith, the No. 1 ranked executive search firm by Modern Healthcare, maintains one of the largest databases of skilled healthcare leadership and interim executive candidates in the industry and recently placed more than 600 total leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.BESmith.com or call 877-802-4593.

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