CHIME has elected three members — Pamela Arora, Charles Christian FCHIME, CHCIO, and George McCulloch FCHIME, CHCIO — to its Board of Trustees.
Arora, who serves as vice president and CIO at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, has been a CHIME member since 2004 and spent two years on the Membership Committee for two years. Arora became a member of Children’s Hospital Association in 2007 and is an active participant in local health information exchanges in both Texas and Massachusetts.
“I’m deeply honored to be nominated to the CHIME Board,” said Arora, adding that her goal as a board member is “to make a difference in the industry by encouraging collaboration among healthcare organizations, industry vendor partners, and other healthcare consortiums so we can address the regulatory, fiscal, and technological challenges that face our industry.”
Christian is the CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital in southwest Indiana, a role he has served for over 20 years. A CHIME member since the organization’s inception in 1992, Christian is involved in both the Advocacy Leadership Team and Policy Steering Committee, and is the CHIME StateNet Coordinator for Indiana. He joined the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp faculty in 2012 and previously held a seat on CHIME’s Board of Trustees in 2003-2004. He is a Certified Healthcare CIO, CHIME Fellow, and the recipient of the 2010 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award and 2010 CHIME Collaboration Award.
“I’m both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve CHIME in this capacity,” said Christian. “Being a long time member has allowed me to watch the organization grow and become an outstanding resource for both its members and the industry as a whole. I look forward to the work we have ahead.”
McCulloch is the Deputy CIO at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, with over 25 years experience in healthcare. Since joining the organization in 2005, he has served on the CHIME Membership and CIO Forum Planning Committees. McCulloch is heavily involved with the CHCIO Program and the CHCIO Governing Board, and is a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and CHIME Fellow.
“This is an especially exciting and challenging time for our industry and our profession,” said McCulloch. “I’m eager and energized to represent the diverse CHIME membership on the CHIME Board and work with other leaders to find solutions that will help us deliver the kind of healthcare that Americans deserve and can afford.”
The newly elected Board members, who will replace vacant seats left by Gary Barnes, Linda Hodges and Lynn Vogel, will start their three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2013.