Cincinnati’s TriHealth Appoints New CIO

TriHealth has named John Ward as its new Chief Information Officer effective May 4th. Ward has been the interim CIO for TriHealth since December 2014 after Rick Moore retired.

Ward is responsible for the day-to-day running of TriHealth’s information services for the organization, which includes four hospitals and more than 550 employed physicians. He also leads several strategic initiatives and capital projects, including developing and implementing IS strategy and services, and supporting the system.

“We are very pleased to name John for this role,” said Will Groneman, executive vice president, systems development, TriHealth. “John is very much valued by our doctors, our employees and the management team. His internal promotion provides continuity for an already performing department. “

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As interim CIO for the past six months, Ward and his team oversaw the continued integration of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital into the TriHealth IS portfolio, including the transition of the hospital’s electronic health record system to Epic. He has successfully completed the approval of an IS Systems operating and capital budget for the new fiscal year. Ward will lead the strategic planning efforts to define the company’s IS strategy for the next five years.

Ward has worked for TriHealth or Group Health for 10 of his last 11 years. From 2004 to 2007 he was CIO and Director of Business Development at Group Health Associates. From 2007 to 2012 he was Director of Health Systems Integration at TriHealth before becoming Director of Ambulatory Systems in 2013. In this role he was responsible for the implementation of the Epic EHR with more than 550 employed TriHealth doctors.

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