CHIME Congratulates Newly Certified CIOs

ANN ARBOR, MI, March 26, 2012 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that 21 CHIME members and one CHIME Affiliate program participant have earned the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and CHCIO-Eligible designation.

The CHCIO designation represents achievement of one of the highest standards of professional development for healthcare CIOs. CHIME developed the CHCIO initiative to be the only credentialing program that distinguishes healthcare IT executives from others in the industry.

"Those who have been designated CHCIOs benefit from having a professional designation highlighting their competency and expertise," said CHIME Board member and Certification Committee Chair Gary Barnes, Chief Information Officer at Medical Center Health System. "This certification program has experienced strong growth in the past year, as its correlation to professional development continues to be recognized in the industry."

Since the program's launch in 2009, a total of 161 CHIME members and CHIME Affiliate program participants have now been credentialed as CHCIO and CHCIO-Eligible.

CHIME members who have been in a CIO or equivalent position for at least three years, pass the 125-question CHCIO examination, and collect 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are eligible to become certified. CHCIOs must be committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Additionally, CHIME is dedicated to the development of future industry leaders and as such awards the designation: CHCIO-Eligible. This status is awarded to those candidates who meet all of the program requirements but lack the requisite number of years of experience as a CIO.

The next exam will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Gleacher Center, part of the University of Chicago School of Business, in conjunction with the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp.

For more information about the CHCIO Program, including future exam dates, visit the CHIME website.

CHIME would like to recognize the following individuals:

  • Larry Allen, CHCIO; Director of Information Technology, Community Health Centers Alliance
  • Cara A. Babachicos, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, Community Hospitals and Non-Acute Sites, Partners Healthcare System
  • Ryan D. Ball, CHCIO; Vice President of Clinical Applications, Baylor Health Care System
  • John Campbell, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, Partners Continuing Care Rehabilitation Services
  • Mark A. Caron, CHCIO, FACHE; Chief Information Officer, OptumHealth - Care System Delivery
  • Charles E. Christian, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO; Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Sonya M. Christian, MBA, CPHIMS, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, West Georgia Health System
  • Thomas D. East PhD, CHCIO; Director of Clinical and Research Informatics-Primary Care Northshore University HealthSystem
  • Kenneth N. Giles, CHCIO; Associate Chief Information Officer, Essentia Health, Fargo South University Clinic
  • Andrew R. Goodwin, CHCIO; Vice President and Chief Information Officer Georgia Hospital Association
  • Michael Hsu, CHCIO-Eligible; Senior Director PMO, MetroHealth
  • Ralph Johnson, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, Franklin Community Health Network
  • Michael T. Keeley, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, 55th Medical Group, Ehrling Bergquist Clinic, USAF
  • Richard B.L. Ong, CHCIO; Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Saint Vincent Health System
  • Godfrey O. Ovwigho, PhD, CHCIO; Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology, The University of Toledo
  • Timothy James Pugsley, CHCIO; IT Manager, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Roby Randall, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, Evans Army Community Hospital
  • Robert J. Rhodes, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, Houston Healthcare
  • William A. Spooner, CHCIO; Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Sharp HealthCare
  • Mark Trocino RPh, MBA, CHCIO; Vice President and Chief Information Officer, DeKalb Medical
  • Saffron Wanger, CHCIO; Chief Information Officer, TERROS Behavioral Health Services
  • Donald W. York, CHCIO; Senior Director, Information Technology Cancer Therapy & Research Center


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 87 healthcare IT vendors 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


Fred Bazzoli

Senior Director, Communications


[email protected]

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