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Florence Chang has been promoted to Executive Vice President of the not-for-profit MultiCare Health System.
Florence Chang promoted to Executive Vice President of MultiCare
Florence Chang has been promoted to Executive Vice President of the not-for-profit MultiCare Health System based in Tacoma, Wash.
In this new role, Chang is responsible for inpatient and service operations of MultiCare – the hospitals, programs and services within them, as well as Information Services. Chang previously served as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Support Services. She joined MultiCare in 2006.
“Through her leadership and visionary thinking, Florence has been instrumental in many of our initiatives that have directly transformed and improved patient care,” said Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System. “Florence is a progressive leader and she has a passion for helping others. Under her guidance, the implementation of our electronic health record has revolutionized the way we view and deliver health care in our communities and has positioned MultiCare as a national leader in health care technology.”
MultiCare is one of the few health systems in the nation to have a complete electronic health record system, and annually ranks among the “Most Wired” and “Most Integrated” health care systems in the country. In 2009, MultiCare was the sole winner of the prestigious Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for Organizational Health. Presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the national award recognized MultiCare’s effective use of health information technology, specifically electronic health records, to improve the safety and quality of patient care.
All MultiCare hospitals and outpatient clinics are linked to the electronic health record called MultiCare Connect. The system includes physician order entry, inpatient and outpatient area access, electronic imaging, patient access to records, bedside barcoding and other features that improve the safety and quality of patient care. MultiCare patients can view their health record, lab and test results, schedule an appointment or refill prescriptions using a secure patient portal called MyChart (Powered by MultiCare) at home or anywhere they have Internet access.
Chang came to MultiCare Health System in 2006 from Dearborn Advisors, where she served as Senior Vice President and partner. In 2010, Chang was honored with the Asian American Pioneers award for her leadership at MultiCare. Chang has more than 20 years of health care information technology experience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at California State University in Dominguez Hills, and her MBA from Pepperdine University in California.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for One Health Port and is on the HIMSS Davies Organizational Award Nomination Select Committee. She is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management System Society, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives.
Florence is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, and frequently speaks at regional and national health care conferences.
MultiCare Health System includes Tacoma General Hospital, Allenmore Hospital, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma, Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center; an Emergency Department at MultiCare Covington Medical Center; as well as more than 100 primary care, specialty care and urgent care clinics in Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap and South King counties in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
Posted on Oct 9, 2012 in News Release