The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has awarded Randy McCleese, chief information officer and vice president-information systems at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., its inaugural State Advocacy Award.
McCleese was the driving force behind Kentucky’s first State Advocacy Day, held March 18, 2008. He worked with many different organizations to bring healthcare IT executives across the state together to inform policymakers on the value of health IT in improving the safety and effectiveness of healthcare. Using this model, he helped to launch CHIME’s State Advocacy initiative by assisting other CIOs to develop education efforts within their respective states. The CHIME State Advocacy Award was created to honor a CHIME member for their dedication to the advancement of healthcare IT within their state.
“I am honored to be the first recipient of CHIME’s State Advocacy Award,” McCleese said. “There has never been a more important time for all healthcare IT executives to come together within their states, and the nation, to discuss the impact the government may have on our jobs, and ultimately on those whom we serve, our patients.”