CHIME has named Adrienne Edens as vice president of education services, effective June 1. A longtime health IT industry veteran, Edens most recently served as CIO for Sutter Health Valley Area.
“We are thrilled to have (Edens) on the CHIME team. She’s one of the most respected CIOs in the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience to the position and fully understands the kind of support CIOs and other health IT leaders need to continue developing their careers.”
According to Branzell, Edens is a charter member of the organization that has “always been a passionate advocate for helping members expand their leadership skills and become agents of change within their organizations.”
Prior to her time with Sutter Health Valley Area, Edens held CIO roles with Sutter Health’s East Bay Region and St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. She has also served in leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health.
“My passion has always been educating and teaching,” Edens said. “We are seeing so much change in the industry as new payment and care delivery models come into play. CHIME is in the position to help CIOs not only understand the skills that they need to be effective leaders today, but also position themselves for success in the future. The education, networking and best practice sharing that CHIME offers has been critical to my success as a CIO and a leader.”
An active CHIME member, one of Edens’ primary areas of focus has been education and professional development. In addition to serving on the faculty for CHIME’s Information Management Executive series in the 1990s, she was also an instructor with CHIME’s CIO Boot Camp.
Edens has a Master’s Degree in applied psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Davis. She is a CHIME fellow and past board member, and has served on the HIMSS board.