MEDITECH Congratulates Methodist Hospital’s Randy McCleese on CHIME, HIMSS CIO of the Year Award

Randy McCleese has been named the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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MEDITECH is pleased to congratulate Randy McCleese on being named the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Over the past decade, McCleese has been an active and engaged MEDITECH user, participating in many company forums and co-presenting at industry events with MEDITECH executives. McCleese currently serves as CIO at Methodist Hospital (Henderson, Ky.). Prior to that, he served for 21 years as Vice President of Information Services and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center (Morehead, Ky.) where he was responsible for the strategic planning and daily operations of IT, telecommunications, informatics, and biomedical technology for the largest rural hospital in northeastern Kentucky.

"I've had the pleasure of working with Randy for many years, serving on planning committees and working groups, co-presenting at events, and collaborating to adapt our Enterprise Health Record (EHR) to meet new challenges,” Associate Vice President at MEDITECH, Melissa Swanfeldt said. “I’m inspired by his passion for how IT can improve care for communities that truly need it. All of us at MEDITECH congratulate Randy on this well-deserved recognition."

The John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award recognizes a CIO for demonstrating significant leadership in healthcare and a lifetime of success and achievement as a CIO in the healthcare IT industry. The award is named for John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical system in the world in El Camino Hospital in California in the 1960s.

With more than 30 years of information systems management experience and 20 years in healthcare informatics specifically, McCleese has dedicated his professional life not only to the healthcare IT industry but to leveraging IT to improve care delivery for the rural communities his organization serves.  

“Receiving the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Award is the highpoint of my career,” McCleese said. “It is truly an honor and I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with so many talented people in the HIT industry especially the MEDITECH staff that have been so helpful throughout the years.”

While at St. Claire, McCleese was instrumental in the implementation and optimization of MEDITECH’s EHR for both physician offices and acute care settings. During that time he has become a leading voice for interoperability and data exchange, particularly in the rural healthcare space, spearheading his organization’s participation in regional health information exchanges and speaking widely on the topic. McCleese, a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO), has also been a member of HIMSS and CHIME for more than 20 years and is a Fellow in both organizations.

McCleese will be honored on March 5 at the 2018 CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum in Las Vegas and will officially receive the award at the HIMSS18 conference, March 5-9 in Las Vegas.

While at HIMSS, visit MEDITECH at booth #1360 and see what other achievements MEDITECH customers are being recognized for.