Florida Hospital Announces CIO of the Year Finalist

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Christy Kindler, RN, BSN, MBA, CHCIO, Chief Information Officer for the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a finalist for annual Tampa Bay Business Journal Award

Christy Kindler, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Information Officer for the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a finalist for annual Tampa Bay Business Journal Award

“She has been instrumental in delivering several innovations to the Tampa market and the surrounding areas, leading AHS to be recognized as one of the most wired health systems in the United States,” says Duncan Grodack, Senior V.P. and CIO, Adventist Health System, Florida.

Christy Kindler, RN, BSN, MBA, CHCIO, Chief Information Officer for the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a Tampa Bay Business Journal finalist for CIO of the Year.

Kindler has over 20 years of experience in healthcare, and has been part of the Adventist Health System since 2010. She played an integral role in the merger when Adventist Health System purchased the former University Community Health System. Under Kindler’s leadership, the information technology systems underwent a transformational upgrade where all medical records and financial documents for four different hospitals, around 70 different systems, were converted into a single platform in a span of about 18 months.

Although Kindler’s role is primarily behind the scenes, she has mastered the art of finding innovative ways for the hospitals to capitalize on Information Technology for the benefit of their systems, patients, doctors and staff because her role is also a critical one for patient care. She has implemented major technology projects, including Computerized Physician Order Entry and Barcode Medication Administration to ensure patient safety, and made sure doctors had access to key technology and software, like voice recognition and mobile stations, making it easier for them to connect with their patients while reviewing and recording critical patient data real-time.

Kindler started her career in nursing and spent nearly a decade caring directly for patients, working with the exact kind of technology needs she now strategically assesses as the CIO who implements that technology for nurses, doctors and staff, keeping the needs of the patient in mind at all times. Technology plays a critical role in the use of innovative medical equipment and Christy’s team helps ensure there are robust IT systems in place to support the clinical teams who are delivering quality patient care.

Duncan Grodack, Senior Vice President and CIO for Adventist Health System in Florida, says Kindler’s contributions to the IT infrastructure and systems have advanced the hospitals in her division significantly. “She has been instrumental in delivering several innovations to the Tampa market and the surrounding areas, leading AHS to be recognized as one of the most wired health systems in the United States,” says Grodack.

Kindler’s past awards include recognition on Becker’s List as one of the top 56 Women in Healthcare and the 2011 Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur of the Year Award for Anderson University.

In her spare time, Kindler and her husband enjoy their small horse farm, and like to go horseback riding and boating. They also participate in volunteer projects for ministry, local food banks and coastal clean-ups.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal will announce its CIO of the Year, Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System
Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a not-for-profit 1,295-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa/Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. It also includes a free-standing ER in Palm Harbor. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit FloridaHospital.com

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