Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
Julie B. Wall, Markstein
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – September 10, 2014 – Baptist Health System (BHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Davis, M.D., to the position of chief information officer / chief medical informatics officer. Dr. Davis has served as the System’s chief medical informatics officer since 2012 and had been serving as interim chief information officer since June.
In this role, Davis will continue providing leadership in the ongoing development and advancement of clinical systems and technology for the System’s four hospitals, which requires collaboration and engagement with the medical staff and clinicians.
Under his leadership, BHS has successfully implemented the Epic 2014 upgrade and has made significant strides toward electronic medical record integration strategies. He has served in a leadership role in the implementation of electronic medical records with the Epic Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, which works to maintain patient safety and encourage compliance with organizational best practices.
“Dr. Davis is a tremendous addition to our leadership team and brings a wealth of strategy and experience that will benefit each of our facilities, primary care network and patients. He will provide comprehensive IT oversight and clinical leadership to our health system going forward,” said Scott Fenn, senior vice president and chief integration officer at BHS.
Prior to joining BHS, Dr. Davis worked at Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Mo., as a physician informaticist and Inpatient CMIO. During his six year tenure at Mercy in the field of medical informatics, he helped to transform the delivery of health care by assisting in the implementation of the Epic EHR in 18 hospitals across four states. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also completed his residency in Emergency Medicine. Following his residency, he practiced as an emergency physician in the Emergency Trauma Center at St. John’s Health System, Springfield, Mo. He holds a master’s degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. Dr. Davis is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit BaptistHealthAlabama.org.