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LMC Vice President and Chief Information Officer Receives Prestigious Professional Certification
Posted by: Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager | January 13, 2014
West Columbia, S.C. – Kathleen Herald, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Lexington Medical Center, has achieved professional certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Representing achievement of the highest standard, the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHICIO) certification shows that Ms. Herald has demonstrated the commitment, knowledge and experience required to master the core skills needed by successful chief information officers.
Ms. Herald has served in her position at Lexington Medical Center since 2011. Her main responsibility is to work together with hospital leadership to ensure that LMC’s technology and applications are aligned with the hospital’s goals and mission.
“Lexington Medical Center recognizes the importance of putting new technology in our network of care,” Ms. Herald said. “My goal is to manage the daily information operations of the hospital successfully while expanding and optimizing our technological innovations to enhance patient care and meet the needs of our community.”
One of Ms. Herald’s most successful projects during her tenure at LMC has been overseeing the implementation of an electronic health records system for the hospital in May of 2013.
To receive the CHICIO certification, Ms. Herald had to pass a rigorous 125-question examination and possess specific professional qualifications including continuing education units and at least three years of experience as a chief information officer.
“We congratulate Kathleen Herald for her commitment to the healthcare CIO profession,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “As a CHICIO, Kathleen Herald has identified herself as a leading professional, giving her an immediate and continuous advantage in the industry.”
Ms. Herald joined Lexington Medical Center as Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2011. She has more than 30 years of experience in information services and systems integration at health care organizations in the Carolinas and Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Francis College in PA and a medical technology degree with certification from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Ms. Herald is a past president of the South Carolina Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) chapter, and a current Member of HIMSS, CHIME, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,900 health care professionals. The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular care, an occupational health center, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas and more than 60 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, "Best Place to Have a Baby" by readers of Palmetto Parent, the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.