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Community Health Network names chief knowledge & information officer

For release on January 28, 2014

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network has named Ron Thieme, Ph.D., as its new chief knowledge & information officer. Thieme most recently served as president and CEO of AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis and also was a sitting member of the Community Health Network Board of Directors. He began his new role on January 27.

“Ron brings a very unique set of skills and experiences and a strong passion for healthcare delivery,” said Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network. “His leadership will be transformational in maximizing our investment in technology, process, and intellectual capital to create a truly knowledge-based organization. This will enable our network to continually enhance both the care delivered to the patient and the value provided to our customers."

The chief knowledge and information officer (CKIO) is responsible for Community Health Network’s knowledge management activities, which encompass the enterprise strategy planning process and infrastructure; Community CareConnect, the network's fully-integrated health record and care delivery initiative; and all enterprise-level information technology platforms.  In this role, Thieme will work with Community's executive team to accelerate the network's efforts to improve the patient experience and enhance business strategies that fulfill its mission to its patients, their families and the community.  He will develop a long-term strategic vision for knowledge management that transforms Community into a knowledge-based organization that provides exceptional patient care and makes it easier to access and navigate.

Prior to AIT Laboratories, Thieme worked at Ambassador Solutions in Carmel, IN, as vice president of strategic services, and at Llanfair, Inc., in Noblesville as president and principal consultant. He also served as executive director of client services at iCOMS, Inc., in Nashua, New Hampshire, as well as Cambient, Inc., in Nashua as president and co-founder.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University and is a graduate of the Society for Information Management’s Leadership Development Forum.

Thieme is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society for Information Management. In addition to having been a sitting member of Community Health Network’s Board of Directors, he currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Lutheran Child & Family Services.

About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes.  As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services.  To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.



Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations