Aimed at "supporting the educational development of the next generation of healthcare IT leaders," the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has created a charitable organization that will provide scholarships and tuition support for attendance of educational conferences and events for its membership or its members' own staffs.
Sue Schade, vice president and chief information officer at 746-bed Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, will serve as the foundation's inaugural chairwoman. Serving on the board will be Pat Skarulis, vice president and CIO at 426-bed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; and Dana Sellers, provider practice area leader at IBM's Healthlink Solutions, Houston.
CHIME, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based organization whose 1,100 members hold CIO positions at healthcare provider and payer organizations, formed a foundation in 1994 to support its educational activities, but CHIME spokeswoman Anne Wizauer said the two foundations will operate as separate organizations. The original foundation will continue to sponsor educational meetings and focus groups, while the second will focus on scholarships, Wizauer said.