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CHIME announces changes at corporate and board levels

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the leading organization for health IT CIOs, has been going through changes.

First some background.

Jeff Smith, former vice president of public policy, left CHIME in June for a job with the same title at the American Medical Informatics Association. At about the same time, Stephanie Fraser, CHIME’s former director of communications and corporate relations, departed for the PR agency world, where she is now senior media and social media director for Amendola Communications.

Also in June, CHIME co-founder and former president and CEO Richard Correll retired after serving as the organization’s COO and senior strategic advisor since April 2013, after current CHIME president and CEO Russell Branzell was appointed.

Since then, Leslie Krigstein, who had been acting as vice president of public policy, has become vice president of congressional relations, focused solely on Capitol Hill lobbying for CHIME.

Meanwhile, CHIME has split its policy and congressional relations functions and earlier in September hired. With a background that includes federal affairs work for the American Medical Association and stints at CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, she will guide CHIME’s relations with federal regulators.

To replace Fraser, CHIME has tapped veteran healthcare journalist Matthew Weinstock, an editor for the last 12 years with trade publication Hospitals & Health Networks. Weinstock’s title is director of communications.

Change is also afoot at the Board of Trustees and CHIME Foundation board levels, with three new members elected to the board, and a new board chairman, Marc Probst, vice president and CIO of Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare, set to take over in January from current chairman Chuck Christian, vice president and CIO of St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga.

The new trustees are Cletis Earle, CIO at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, N.Y.; Theresa Meadows, senior vice president and CIO, Cook Children’s Healthcare System in Fort Worth, Tex.; and Donna Roach, CIO at Via Christi Health-Ascension Information Services in Wichita, Kan.

In other CHIME news, Zane Burke, president of EHR giant Cerner Corp., was elected to the CHIME Foundation board in a move that puts one of the most influential executives in the industry in the CHIME camp and makes him the only EHR vendor representative on the board.