CHIME has appointed Gretchen Tegethoff as vice president of CHIME Technologies, Inc. In this new role, the former CIO will oversee the growth and development of business operations and services for the for-profit entry, which was created last year.
“We are extremely pleased to have a seasoned CIO and industry professional of Gretchen’s caliber join CHIME’s senior management team,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell. “Her leadership and experience will be a significant asset in directing the development of CHIME Technologies Inc. and working with our vendor and service firm partners to help solve healthcare challenges.”
In her role, Tegethoff will also facilitate the development of new value added services that benefit the CHIME membership and the industry as a whole.
“Gretchen played a major role in laying the groundwork for many of CHIME’s successes, and we are delighted that she has agreed to serve in this new role,” said CHIME Board Chair Chuck Christian. “Her talent and expertise will benefit CHIME Technologies greatly in fostering the kinds of advances and cutting-edge technologies that transform patient care quality and delivery.”
Tegethoff comes to CHIME with 15 years of healthcare IT experience, most recently as senior VP and CIO at Athens Regional Health System in Georgia. Prior to that, she served as CIO at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
She has been an active member of CHIME since joining the organization in 2007, serving as a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees, the CHIME Education Foundation Board, and the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp faculty. A Certified Healthcare CIO and CHIME Fellow, Tegethoff was instrumental in guiding the organization’s public policy efforts and previously served as Vice-Chair of the CHIME Advocacy Leadership Team.
Tegethoff has been nationally recognized with several industry awards and honors of recognition. In 2013, she was named as one of the “20 Health IT Leaders Who Are Driving Change” by InformationWeek, and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know.” She also serves on healthsystemCIO.com’s Advisory Panel.
Tegethoff earned her Master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University School of Business and her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from West Virginia University School of Medicine.
“I am eager and honored to accept this new leadership position,” she said. “This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to further serve CHIME’s membership and the industry overall. I look forward to guiding the development of CHIME Technologies, Inc. and its innovative offerings.”