LCMC Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tanya Townsend Appointed to the Board of Trustees of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

New Orleans, LA – LCMC Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tanya Townsend has been appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

CHIME is a national membership organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners 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.

“CHIME has chosen wisely by selecting Tanya Townsend, a proven leader and voice in health IT, to serve on its Board of Trustees;” said Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. “CHIME plays an important role in the advancement of health IT policies nationally, and I am proud that LCMC Health will have a seat at that table.”

“Our members had an outstanding slate of candidates to choose from for these positions,” said CHIME Board Chair Cletis Earle, senior vice president and CIO at Kaleida Health. “Each of our new board members has a long-standing career as a healthcare leader and champion for CHIME and for our industry. Their skills, experience and commitment will help us find new and better ways to help members in their careers and in their lives.”

When LCMC Health was formed in 2009, the system’s vision was to create efficiencies across its five hospitals and improve care for the community by standardizing systems where possible and reducing complexity. To bring this vision to life, LCMC Health has undergone a major transition entailing the consolidation of five hospitals and associated ambulatory clinics to one electronic medical record, Epic. In her capacity with LCMC Health, Tanya is charged with leading the consolidation, integration, and enhancement of information technology environments into a shared services model across the five-hospital system, strategically and effectively leading the delivery of high-quality healthcare services through technology.

LCMC Health is a Louisiana-based, non-profit healthcare system serving the needs of the people of Louisiana, the Gulf South, and beyond. The system employs over 8,400 individuals in the region and has an annual volume of over 1 million outpatient visits and 245,000 emergency department visits per year.