News Release: Emory Healthcare

Nov. 9,  2009

Emory Healthcare's Dee Cantrell Named Chief Information Officer of the Year

Emory Healthcare Chief Information Officer Dee Cantrell has been named CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).

The Georgia CIO of the Year Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the state. Awards honor technology executives who have shown excellence in managing enterprise-wide information systems in Georgia. Since 1998, the GCLA has used its CIO of the Year Awards program to recognize excellence in managing enterprise-wide information systems.

"Dee and her entire information systems team exhibit strong performance on a daily basis by enhancing our operations, accelerating our technical innovations and facilitating quality patient care through technology," says John T. Fox, Emory Healthcare President and CEO. "It is with their guidance that all of us at Emory Healthcare have an improved technical infrastructure backbone that helps us achieve our mission."

Cantrell earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Brenau University and worked as a registered nurse in multiple capacities before becoming involved in healthcare information technology. She joined Emory in 1994 as director of Patient Services Information Systems for Emory University Hospital. The following year she became a senior business analyst in the Emory Healthcare Information Services Department.

Cantrell was promoted to director of Client and Application Services in 1996, and was named executive director of Emory Healthcare Information Services in 1998 and chief information officer in 2000.

Information Services supports Emory Healthcare enterprise-wide and specific department systems and applications for Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, The Emory Clinic and the Emory Wesley Woods Geriatric Center. IS staff, totaling 160 people, manages the systems and infrastructure needed for the day-to-day operations for over 10,000 employees, 1,200 patient beds and supporting over 1,000 physicians. 


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