The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced that the recipient of the 2009 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award is William Spooner, FCHIME, Senior Vice President and CIO at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego.
The award, co-sponsored by CHIME and Chicago-based HIMSS, recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organizations and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology.
Spooner has been with Sharp HealthCare since 1981 and has served as CIO for the past 13 years. He is currently leading Sharp’s efforts to implement computer-based physician order entry, a key component of the organization’s patient safety initiative and the foundation for its emerging EMR.
According to CHIME, Spooner has served as Chair of the CHIME Board in 2006 and Chair of the CHIME Foundation Board in 2007. He has been a frequent presenter at the HIMSS conference and is active in his local chapter.
Spooner will receive the award at the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Ga. on March 2.