George Vecchione, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan healthcare system in Providence, R.I., and Pete Velez, executive director of Elmhurst (N.Y.) Hospital Center and senior vice president of Queens Healthcare Network, are the winners of the 2003 CEO IT Achievement Award sponsored by Modern Healthcare and Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
The award, which was created this year, recognizes one or more healthcare industry CEOs who demonstrate leadership in and commitment to using information technology to advance their organization's strategic goals.
Chosen from 50 applicants, Vecchione and Velez were selected because they best achieved measurable results through leadership and commitment to IT in their organizations and shared their groups' experiences in IT with their peers and other members of the healthcare industry.
Modern Healthcare and HIMSS announced the recognition program on Feb. 10 at the 2003 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. The nomination deadline was March 17. A panel of judges then made the selections after a four-week review process.
The panel of three healthcare CEOs and three healthcare chief information officers included: Asif Ahmad, vice president and CIO at Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C.; Dennis Barry, president and CEO of Moses Cone Health System, Greensboro, N.C.; Jack Bovender Jr., chairman and CEO of HCA, Nashville; Richard Duncan, vice president and CIO of Children's Medical Center of Dallas; C. Martin Harris, CIO of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Medical Center, Atlanta.
Vecchione and Velez will be honored at an awards dinner on June 9 held in conjunction with the HIMSS 2003 Summer Conference in Chicago. The executives and their organizations will be profiled in a supplement to the June 9 issue of Modern Healthcare.
For more information about the CEO IT Achievement Award, contact David Burda, editor, at 312-649-5439 or at [email protected] For information about the June 9 awards dinner, contact Brenda Stewart, marketing director, at 312-649-5499 or at [email protected]