Colorado Chapter Board of Directors

CHIMSS is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is elected each year by CHIMSS Members.

Any CHIMSS Member may attend the CHIMSS Board of Directors meetings, which are held several times during each year. Contact the President or any other Board member to determine the time and location for upcoming Board meetings. 

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2018 - 2019 CHIMSS Board of Directors

Patrick 

Patrick J. Guffey, MD

President

Patrick is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the University of Colorado and the Associate Clinical Director of the anesthesiology department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is the IT clinical champion for perioperative services, and serves on numerous other IT committees at Children’s Colorado. Patrick’s research work centers on using clinical IT and the EMR to further healthcare quality and patient safety, and he has written many articles, abstracts, and lectures on the subject. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Chemical Engineering and an MD. He fulfilled his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco and his fellowship training was performed in pediatric anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. 

colorado.president@himsschapter.org

 

 

Tamara Havenhill-Jacobs

Past President

Tamara is a Health Information Technology Executive with a focus on strategic and operational functions of applications, Health Information Exchange, development of clinically integrated networks, and visioning for where organizations are heading. Tamara serves as the Chief Information Officer for Bozeman Health and also has responsibility for Retail Health. Tamara has over 20 years of healthcare experience, which includes clinical, operations, imaging and over 15 years of focused healthcare information technology work. Tamara has held numerous positions on CHIMSS over the past 10+ years, including President, Past President, President-Elect, and Secretary. Tamara is also very active in CHIME and with HIMSS at the National level serving on the Innovations Committee and as a Reviewer for HIMSS National Conferences.

 

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Sarah Sample-Reif

President Elect

Highlights of Sarah's career to date include 10+ years at Cerner, then several years growing the Health IT divisions of two top publicly traded staffing firms, globally and in the US. She is happy to be a part of the NetApp Healthcare Acquire team.

Throughout her career, Sarah has repeatedly driven hedrself and the teams she works with to exceed high revenue quotas by building and consistently engaging an extensive network of clinical and technical executive contacts within Health IT.

The focus of her team is to bridge the gap between project requirements and deadlines by helping our clients find the best platform for long term network availability and storage capabilities for all aspects of patient care.

Sarah is currently President Elect for the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS, as well as founder of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Health 2.0, Please contact her if you are interested in learning more about membership, sponsorship or general participation.

sarah.samplereif@gmail.com

 

 

Steve Bell

Sponsorship Chair

Steve is excited to return to the CHIMSS board this year. Steve has served 6 years on the board as Membership and Sponsor chair. Steve is in sales management with Commvault, which is a data expert company that allows customers to protect, secure, and use their data to gain value for their organization. He has been in the industry for 25 years and serving healthcare for the last 9 years.

You can contact Steve at colorado.sponsorship@himsschapter.org

 

Melissa 

Melissa Pettigrew

Program Chair

Melissa currently serves as the Accounts Director for HCTec Partners. In her three and a half years with HCTec, Melissa has worked with some of the largest clients in the West to deliver creative and effective solutions to staffing. Having led large-scale Healthcare IT implementation projects across the country, Melissa brings with her extensive knowledge and lessons learned that help guide clients during their journey to clinical transformation through technology. Melissa also gives of her time to a Business for Transformation organization. Partnering with local business leaders to collaborate and share knowledge that is then imparted to entrepreneurs in under-served areas of the world, B4T is currently partnered with a group of entrepreneurs in Nairobi, Kenya setting up an Aquaponics business that will serve the local community.

 

 

MariJo Rugh

Program Chair Elect

MariJo is currently the Vice President of Application Services at the University of Colorado Health and has responsibility for the UCHealth Affiliate Program, Ancillary and Clinical Support Applications, Integration and Interface Development, Image Management, Telehealth and Clinical Engineering. MariJo started as a medical technologist in the laboratory (more years ago than she would like to admit). She transitioned into healthcare information technology after realizing she wanted to have a broader impact which resulted in time at Cerner, Pyxis, Cincinnati Children’s, Albany Medical Center and Poudre Valley Health System. Experience includes IT strategy, general management, application implementations, day to day operations and support, vendor relationship management, P&L responsibility, contract negotiations, recruiting and sustaining strong teams. MariJo completed a Masters degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University in 2011.

 

 

Thomas Rafter

Membership Chair

Tom Rafter is an IT Healthcare Professional at Boulder Community Health (BCH). Tom joined BCH in 2012 where he worked in the Emergency Department before joining the IT department. He brings a deep knowledge of both clinical workflows and healthcare systems with a passion for all things data to his team. In his role, Tom focuses on EMR integrations, workflow improvement and automation, and data analytics. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was a member of the CU Freestyle Ski Team. In his free time, Tom enjoys trail running, rock climbing, skiing, and travel. 

 

 

Elizabeth Brumbaugh

Treasurer

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

Judy McCarthy

Informatics Chair

Judy currently serves as the CTO and CISO for National Jewish Health, with responsibility for the organization’s comprehensive computing infrastructure and information security strategy. Judy has more than 30 years of health information technology experience, focusing on technology, applications, security and IT leadership. Judy has held several positions on the CHIMSS board over the past 20+ years including President, Past President and Treasurer.  Judy is also an active member of CHIME and HIMSS, serving on several national committees and as a reviewer for HIMSS National Conferences.  Judy has participated in several speaking engagements on topics such as meaningful use, big data and cyber security. She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University in Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

 

 

Jackie Luchsinger

Informatics Chair Elect

Jackie is a healthcare executive advisor with significant experience leading the delivery of solutions ot complex business issues through personal expertise and leveraging talented individuals. Jackie has a deep knowledge of the healthcare industry through a broad set of experiences with clinical care management and management consulting. Jackie's passion is to continue to find innovative solutions for the healthcare industry to improve the populations they serve by leveraging business, clinical, consulting, informatics, team development and market growth skills. 

 

 

Amy Feaster, CHCIO Eligible, CPHIMS

Academic Chair

Amy Feaster is the Vice President of Information Technology for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Children’s Hospital Colorado is recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 Children’s hospitals.  Children’s Hospital Colorado has been awarded the prestigious Davies Award of Excellence for utilizing healthcare IT to achieve significant improvements in patient outcomes.  Children’s has also received the Most Wired Award multiple years in a row.  Amy has been with Children’s since February of 2018.  Prior to joining Children’s, Amy was Vice President of Information Technology for Centura Health which is a 17 hospital IDN supporting facilities in Colorado and Western Kansas.  Under Amy’s leadership, all Centura hospitals achieved HIMSS Stage 7 as well as the HIMSS Davies award and was one of the first Epic customers to achieve 10 Stars in the Epic Gold Stars program.  Amy is the board chair for South Metro Health Alliance and serves on the board of the Colorado HIMSS Chapter.  

 

 

 

Justin Aubert

HIE LIaison

Justin Aubert is the CFO and Director of Operations for Quality Health Network (QHN) based in Grand Junction Colorado. Justin joined QHN in 2009 and was also Health Information Exchange (HIE) Operations Director for the Colorado Beacon Consortium. Justin’s diverse role at QHN includes the responsibility to oversee all finance and accounting, business operations, budgeting, contract negotiations, risk management, legal and regulatory compliance, human resources, and facility management. In this role he has created the internal controls and all mechanisms required for the financial reporting to the Board of Directors, federal and state granting sources and auditing and governmental agencies.  Prior to joining QHN, Justin had more than 12 years of progressive experience in finance and operations management within startup and established organizations. Justin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Administration (Accounting Major) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado and is a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) and Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT). QHN’s network collects and distributes data to and from more than 350 disparate organizations’ electronic health record systems. Early in 2013, QHN received national recognition, with the receipt of the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award HIMSS, in honor of their Health IT innovation efforts.

 

 

Bonny Roberts

Collaboration Chair

Bonny Roberts is the VP Customer Experience for Diameter Health, an intelligent data refinement solution in the interoperability space. Beginning her career in healthcare IT as Yale New Haven Hospital's Administrative Fellow, she went on to cut her teeth in the Colorado start-up world with CentriMed, an e-commerce company based in Westiminster. CentriMed was quickly acquired by the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) and she spent four years as a product manager innovating healthcare supply chain. Bonny then went on to facilitate clinician-driven IT project prioritization, custom application development and the implementation of Epic Systems at The Ohio State Medical Center. In 2010, she returned to Colorado to join Aventura where she drove implementation, customer support, account management and for a time sales operations and marketing. Bonny is passionate about furthering the growth of HIT activity along the Front Range and its impact on Colorado. She lives in Superior and enjoys hiking with her dogs, skiing with her husband and watching her two children discover the world around them.

 

 

Michael Jeffries

Advocacy Chair

Michael Jefferies serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Boulder Community Health where he is responsible for implementing technology solutions that advance provider capabilities and operational efficiency. Michael joined Boulder Community Health in 2016 and has diverse work setting experience including acute care hospitals, consulting, healthcare IT outsourcing, and working for a leading Healthcare IT vendor. Prior to his current role Michael was Vice President of Information Systems at Longmont United Hospital in Boulder County, Colorado and previously worked at ACS/Xerox and McKesson providing IT solutions to hospitals across the country. He is especially passionate about improving the patient experience and giving providers tools to improve the quality of patient care. Michael holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Michael is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds the designation of Certified Healthcare CIO from CHIME as well as certifications as a PMP and CPHIMS. When not serving the community professionally Michael enjoys rock climbing, volunteering in mental healthcare, rebuilding classic motorcycles, and enjoying life in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.

 

 

Dr. Brian Levy

Advocacy Chair Elect

Levy is an executive Healthcare Physician with deep expertise in creating software and content. He is passionate about improving the delivery of healthcare for patients, improving their outcomes, and achieving semantic interoperability of their records. As the Chief Medical Officer, he helped lead Health Language from a healthcare IT startup to successful acquisition. He has deep expertise in the use of terminologies to achieve interoperability in the provider, payer, and government sectors. He currently serves as an invited member on the HIMSS HIE and Interoperability Committee. Dr. Levy continues to practice medicine as well using use the latest Telehealth technology in delivering every day patient care.

 

 

Minal Patel

Communications Chair

Minal is a healthcare IT leader with over 19 years of experience in healthcare organizations, management consulting and software start-up arenas within the provider and payer sectors. She has served on the CHIMSS board for the past 4+ years. Minal has a strong focus on strategic and operational innovations to improve the overall health of our community. Minal serves as a Director of Executive Leadership for Bluetree Network. Prior to Bluetree, Minal was responsible for the successful implementation of a new EHR system and directed the overall application project portfolio at Centura Health. Minal has also held various roles at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Minal has experience in operational and project management, program direction as well as IT strategy and planning. Minal holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Health (focused in Healthcare Management) from Emory University. In her spare time Minal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, biking, running, basically anything outdoors and cooking.

 

 

 

Jill Sutton

Professional Development

Jill Sutton is the Senior Vice President of Product Management and Editorial for Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company. In this role, she leads Product Management for Provider markets, with offerings in the area of Care Management, Strategic Planning, Patient Engagement, Analytic Methods, and solutions designed to assist healthcare organizations with Clinical and Operational Performance Improvement. Jill also leads a clinical editorial team developing evidence-based decision support to assist clinicians at the point of care. Jill received her JD from Univeristy of Denver, College of Law.

 

 

Holly Hockemeier

Secretary

Holly Hockemeier is a healthcare Account Executive with over 15 years in representing healthcare technology solutions with experience selling multiple components of EHR's and Artificial Intelligence-driven technology. Holly has worked with Health systems throughout the country including strategic National Accounts. Holly is currently a Provider Solutions Account Executive for Nuance Communications representing artificial intelligence powered applications deeply embedded in EHR workflows. Holly is responsible for ensuring that all health systems in Colorado are aware of Nuance technology and that Nuance is aligning with their strategic initiatives. A Colorado Native, Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Holly balances her professional life with a focus on her two young daughters, husband, family and friends, staying healthy through regular workouts, yoga, traveling and enjoying everything Colorado has to offer.

 

 

CT Lin, MD

Physician Member at Large

CT Lin MD is CMIO at UCHealth. In 2016, UCHealth achieved HIMSS Stage 7, indicating highest achievement in EHR effectiveness. He is Professor of Medicine a University of Colorado School of Medicine, and board-certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He sees internal medicine patients and also facilitates workshops on "Physician-patient communication to improve health outcomes" for students, residents and practicing physicians. His national publications and talks include: Physician Adoption of IT, EHR Usability, Online patient communication and patient accessible records with Open Test Results and Open Notes. His national awards include "Healthcare IT innovator" and "Electronic Physician of the Year." He leads a team of 24 physician informaticians. "We improve physician and team resilience and effectiveness by building world-class relationships and innovative tools."

 

 

Jeffrey Pelot

Board Member at Large

Jeffrey Pelot is the Chief Information Officer the Denver Health and Hospital, Colorado’s largest safety net health care systems. Mr. Pelot has been recognized as a leader in healthcare technology and most recently been awarded the CIO Top 100 Award from CIO Magazine and Computerworld’s Premier 100 award in recognition of his leadership for integrating advanced technology solutions in healthcare. Mr. Pelot is a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHIME) HIMSS Fellow and currently serves on the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS.  He has authored numerous articles and given many presentations on various aspects of Healthcare Information Technology and obtaining value from the technology investment. Under Mr. Pelot’s leadership Denver Health has grown into a technology innovator that drives enterprise changes in workflow and process that increase efficiencies, reduce cost, enhance the way care is delivered and how quality outcomes are measured.

 

 

Sara Getz

Board Member at Large

Sara Getz is Director of Operations at  DispatchHealth, primarily responsible for the program management of the company's nationwide expansion efforts. With more than 16 years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology, Sara has worked in various sectors of the industry, including Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Electronic Health Records and Pharmacy Benefit Management, holding roles in Development, Product Management, and Operations.  Sara has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Sara has a passion for the healthcare industry and applies her business and operations background to make a positive impact on providers and patients. Outside of work, Sara enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening, cooking, renovating her historic Denver home, and spending time with her boxer.

 

 

Scott Raymond

Board Member at Large

Scott Raymond is the Associate CIO at Centura Health with responsibility for Applications and Infrastructure.

Developing new and innovative solutions. Providing big-picture plans and strategies. Implementing complex clinical, business, and technical initiatives. These are just some of Scott’s strengths. With almost two decades of healthcare experience ranging from hands-on clinical to strategic operations, Scott possesses the unique ability to understand how healthcare leadership impacts patient care. Scott’s areas of expertise include thinking strategically, planning with vision, leading and managing staff, and spearheading creative and unexpected solutions. Before coming to Centura Scott was the Executive Director of Innovation & Technology for MemorialCare. Scott recently conceived of, developed, and built a 3,500-square-foot innovation and testing lab capable of running a 2,000-bed hospital. Results-focused, he specializes in identifying new and better solutions. Scott provides expertise in contract negotiations, technology, cyber security, and clinical informatics. He’s implemented Epic at six hospitals, held board seats at multiple healthcare and technology companies, and provided clinical expertise to a variety of healthcare start-ups.

Scott holds a Masters degrees in Healthcare Administration and Informatics and holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Scott continues to maintain an active nursing license and is ITIL, Lean Leader, and Facilitative Leadership Certified.