Lucinda Watkins, director of information systems at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Calif., is the 1,000th member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, or CHIME, which was formed in 1992 to provide educational opportunities for healthcare information officers and to advocate for the effective use of healthcare IT.
In a prepared statement, Richard Correll, president and chief executive officer of Ann Arbor, Mich.,-based CHIME called the milestone "especially notable given that membership in CHIME is open to only the highest ranking IT executives in provider and payer organizations. Our goal to grow has always been tempered by our steadfast dedication to retaining CHIME's high quality CIO membership. So while 1,000 members is impressive, even more so is the strength of such a large group of high level executives."
Also, William Spooner, senior vice president and CIO at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, was elected by the CHIME board of trustees to serve as its board chairman in 2006. Spooner has been a CHIIME member since 1996 and a board member for the past two years. He succeeds Patricia Skarulis, vice-president and CIO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Ronald Strachan, vice president and CIO at HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, was elected to serve as board chairman in 2007.
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