Some healthcare CEOs aren't waiting for federal grant money or government mandates or the next best thing to implement life-saving and cost-reducing information systems in their organizations. Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society are pleased to recognize three such chief executive officers as the recipients of the 2004 CEO IT Achievement Award. This year's winners are G. Richard Hastings, president and CEO, St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo.; Judith Pelham, president and CEO of Trinity Health, Novi, Mich.; and Leonard Schaeffer, chairman and CEO, WellPoint Health Networks, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The award, created in 2003 by Modern Healthcare and HIMSS, recognizes one or more healthcare industry CEOs who demonstrate leadership and commitment to using information technology to advance their healthcare organization's strategic goals. In Hastings (his organization recently won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award), Pelham (her organization recently won the National Quality Health Care Award), and Schaeffer (his organization recently began giving away hand-held computers to its participating physicians), this year's recipients epitomize the CEO IT Achievement Award.
A five-member panel of judges, two CEOs chosen by Modern Healthcare and three chief information officers chosen by HIMSS, selected Hastings, Pelham and Schaeffer from a pool of 42 CEOs nominated for the award. Modern Healthcare and HIMSS announced this year's award competition on Jan. 19, and the deadline for submissions was March 8. Modern Healthcare will profile the three recipients as well as acknowledge the work of the other 39 nominees in a special supplement to be published on June 14. A dinner honoring the three winners will be held on June 14 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the HIMSS Summer Conference. For more information on the awards banquet, please contact Brenda Stewart, Modern Healthcare's marketing director, at 312-649-5499, or at [email protected]. We'd like to thank everyone who participated in this year's event. Please watch for details about next year's CEO IT Achievement Award competition in the June 14 supplement.
Hastings, Pelham and Schaeffer were powerful enough to win the CEO IT Achievement Award, but are they powerful enough to make our ranking of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2004? Our readers will decide! This year's recognition program, our third annual, will commence on May 3, when readers can visit our Web site, modernhealthcare.com, and nominate healthcare executives they deem worthy of the designation. The 100 Most Powerful rankings for 2002 and 2003 appear on our Web site under the Awards and Honors section. This year's nomination process will run through June 11, when we'll narrow the slate to the top 300 candidates. Those top 300 people will make up the final ballot. We'll post the final ballot on our Web site, and readers can vote for their top 10 candidates through July 23. The top 100 vote-getters will be listed in the final ranking, which will be published in the Aug. 23 issue of Modern Healthcare. For more information on this year's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare recognition program, contact me directly at 312-649-5439, or at [email protected]. Employees of Modern Healthcare are not eligible to vote or be nominated, and the magazine reserves the right to resolve voting irregularities.