Carladenise Edwards announced her resignation as president and CEO of Cal eConnect after serving for 14 months as head of California's statewide health information organization.
Cal eConnect CEO Edwards resigns
"This was not an easy decision for me to make," Edwards said in an e-mail. "However, after much thought and consideration, I believe I have made the best decision for my family, the organization and the state of California. There is no doubt that the work we are doing will continue and I am committed to continue serving the organization as we transition to a new phase."
Edwards will serve as a senior adviser to the health information organization, according to a news release on Cal eConnect's website (PDF).
Edwards, who was named last fall as one of Modern Healthcare's 2010 Up & Comers, has been on the job since July 1, 2010. She led an organization with a $38.8 million federal grant that California received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to develop a health information exchange. Edwards served as the state health information technology coordinator in Georgia before moving to take over as the first president and CEO of Cal eConnect.
Edwards said the Cal eConnect business planning team "is very close to narrowing down the value-added services that will generate the revenue to sustain the core infrastructure" of the exchange beyond the grant funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
"Dr. Edwards has done a great job getting our 'start-up' company off the ground in a complex and uncertain environment," said David Lansky, co-chairman of Cal eConnect's board and president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health. "Launching a new organization of this caliber in such a short time frame has been an enormous accomplishment."
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