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Community Health Network’s Susan Vaughn receives 2014 HIMSS Founders Leadership Award

For release on January 14, 2015

Indianapolis, IN---Susan Vaughn, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Founders Leadership Award. The award honors one or more individuals who, in the judgment of the HIMSS Board of Directors, have demonstrated significant leadership within the Society and/or the industry. The HIMSS Board of Directors approved the selection of the award winners at its recent board meeting.

Criteria for winning the Founders Leadership Award include:

  • Demonstrated leadership in healthcare information or management systems, which may include the development or implementation of systems advancing health status; unique application of systems, tools and techniques; and served as a leader of an outstanding healthcare institution or company
  • Contributed as a volunteer in the advancement of HIMSS goals and objectives, which may include service in a leadership capacity for HIMSS or related professional society, or served on governmental healthcare or technology regulatory or advisory groups
  • Actively supported the HIMSS mission and membership growth, which may include being an acknowledged leader in healthcare information and management systems, and an active supporter, advocate and recruiter for HIMSS members
  • Made outstanding contributions to the principles for which HIMSS stands, including supporting lifelong learning opportunities, and supporting and promoting HIMSS as the recognized leader in the industry

“We are very proud of Suzy and all of her contributions to health information technology,” said Community Health Network’s Chief Knowledge and Information Officer Ron Thieme. “Besides her extraordinary work at Community Health Network, such as leading our hospitals to become the first to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2 in the state of Indiana, Suzy is a recognized leader in health IT in general, most recently serving as president of HIMSS Indiana. “

Vaughn received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Indiana University and her masters of business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her previous career experience includes various roles in clinical informatics at Bloomington Hospital, in Bloomington, Indiana. Vaughn grew up in Spencer, Indiana, and currently resides in Bloomington.

“HIMSS congratulates its 2014 award and scholarship recipients for their individual achievements and contributions to their own organization in earning this recognition,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “We also honor the commitment and expertise of these members who, each day, help move forward our cause to improve healthcare delivery with the best use of information technology and management systems. We are honored to have them as part of our organization and recognize their accomplishments through this awards program.”

HIMSS will honor all 2014 scholarship winners at the HIMSS15 Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 14, at the Chicago Hilton Grand Ballroom. For more information about HIMSS, visit himss.org.

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