Cindy Peterson

Blue screen for health technology

Who: Cindy Peterson

Occupation: Vice President and CIO, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Why she's influential: This November will mark Peterson's 15th year of service at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as its vice president and chief information officer. Peterson rebuilt the Los Angeles-based hospital's IT department from the ground up, Andie Bogdan, previous director of planning, marketing and PR at the health system, tells FierceHealthIT.

That came at a time, Bogdan says, when the hospital's finances were being reorganized and when IT would be center stage with the implementation of its electronic health record system.

That required Peterson to overhaul the department’s reputation; in doing so she “turned it into the most influential department in the hospital,” according to Bogdan.

“Developing the IT team at every level is something she thinks about all the time,” Bogdan says.

Recent proof of those efforts include Henry Mayo’s recognition in 2016 as a Most Wired Hospital, the third consecutive year it received the distinction.

Cindy Peterson