Q3 2017 Newsletter - Member Profiles – Featuring Steve Garske and Kent Hoyos

Dr. Steve Garske is a healthcare technology leader with over 10 years of CIO experience and over 25 years of technical experience. He has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as CIO of the Year 2017. Recently, Steve rejoined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to serve as Sr. VP and CIO for a second time. He leads a team of over 250 technical associates, physicians, and nurses. Among their accomplishments, Steve and his current team have restructured IT management and suppliers, producing an annual savings of over $2M. They have also created a strategic 3-year roadmap for all IT departments. In addition, the team at CHLA has been named HealthCare’s Most Wired 2017 by the American Hospital Association. Aside from roles with CHLA, he served as CIO for Verity Health System (VHS) and CIO and CTO of Kootenai Health (KH). At VHS, he led the development of a multimillion-dollar health system-wide IT remediation plan, and at KH, his team won many awards, including the IT Most Wired Innovators Award (2013), the IT Healthcare News 2nd Best IT Department in the U.S. (2014), and the Most Wired Hospital (2015) distinction.

Kent Hoyos has over 20 years of experience in healthcare IT. He was appointed to lead Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) into the digital age in May of 2000 and was subsequently promoted to CIO in 2005. Overseeing the IT and HIM departments, he manages 75 IT staff, 60 HIM/Coding staff and a budget exceeding $18 million annually. After developing a long-range technology vision for PVHMC, he brought that vision to reality by centralizing the IT function, growing an effective and efficient IT Team, building a solid technology infrastructure, implementing a full-functioning EHR, and executing numerous other enterprise-wide application installations. PVHMC was named a 2017 Most Wired hospital and is currently in the midst of replacing their current Soarian & NextGen EHR’s to an enterprise Cerner Millennium environment.

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