Chuck Christian, CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind., is the recipient of the 2010 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and Health Information Management and Systems Society jointly sponsor the award. Christian will be honored during a banquet on Feb. 22 at the annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

The award is named for John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system at California's El Camino Hospital in the 1960s. Gall passed away in 2001.

Christian has led I.T. at 232-bed Good Samaritan for 22 years and has spent 40 years in the health care industry. He is a frequent speaker at events and has served in leadership positions at CHIME and HIMSS. Christian recently helped create Make It Known: Marketing Strategies and Case Studies in the Healthcare Environment, a reference guide to help health I.T. leaders better promote their departments. He also serves on Health Data Management's editorial advisory group.

Past CIOs of the Year since the award started in 1989 are: John E. Gall Jr., Ward Keever, Larry Grandia, Richard Duncan, John Glaser, William Reed, Sam Schultz II, Walter Menning, James Wagner, Wei-Tih Cheng, Stephanie Reel, Charles Emery Jr., Richard Skinner, Pamela McNutt, Timothy Zoph, Gregory Walton, Timothy Stettheimer, Eric Yablonka, George Hickman, Patricia Skarulis and Bill Spooner.

--Joseph Goedert


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