August 18, 2017 – Chicago-based executive search firm CES Partners has placed Dr. Angela Kennedy as chief executive officer for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), effective in October. She replaces Dr. Claire Dixon-Lee, who announced her retirement last fall after serving as the organization’s leader since 2003. Barry Cesafsky, CES Partners’ president and CEO, led the assignment.
“Dr. Kennedy is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the area of consumer health advocacy and health literacy, and is the former director of the Center for Health Data Analytics,” said Mr. Cesafsky.
Dr. Kennedy is a former board chair of CAHIIM with recent service on the CAHIIM Health Information Management Accreditation Council. She was previously department head/ professor for Health Informatics & Information Management at Louisiana Tech University. The school has a CAHIIM accredited baccalaureate degree program in health information management, and a graduate degree program in health informatics that is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association’s Academic Forum.
Dr. Kennedy also served as president and chairman of the American Health Information Management Association. She serves as a director on the North Louisiana Go Care board of directors and on the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum as a council member to the Consumer Health Task Force. She has held management positions at Louisiana State University Medical Center, Columbia Highland Hospital, and Homer Memorial Hospital. She has also authored numerous grants and publications, and is a highly sought speaker for professional conferences.
In 2016, Dr. Kennedy was recognized as one of the ‘Top 20 Professors and Minds In Health Informatics’ in the U.S. She has received the Vantage Health Visionary Educator Award. Dr. Kennedy will also be receiving the American Health Information Management Association Distinguished Member Award at the group’s October meeting, said Mr. Cesafsky.
CAHIIM provides quality assurance in higher education within the organization’s scope of accreditation services. It also contributes to performance measures, accreditation standards and processes driving improvements in health informatics and health information management academic programs in colleges and universities. Stakeholder representation is enabled by two member organizations – the American Health Information Management Association and the American Medical Informatics Association.
CES Partners has been serving hospitals, health systems, senior services and other healthcare-related organizations since its founding in 2001. The search firm maintains relationships with two of the nation’s three largest health systems: Providence Health & Services and Catholic Health Systems.
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This is CES Partners’ second placement over the last year of a CEO for a health accreditation commission position. Late last year, CES Partners placed Anthony Stanowski as president and CEO of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Most recently, Dr. Stanowski served as vice president of Applied Medical Software. The accreditation commission works to promote, evaluate, and improve the quality of academic healthcare management education in the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Cesafsky’s executive search assignments have included CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, CNOs, CIOs, human resource executives, and senior level positions for hospitals, healthcare systems, senior services organizations & retirement communities, medical group practices, professional service firms, foundations and other large vertically-integrated healthcare organizations. He has recently recruited a chief operating officer for Providence Institute for Human Caring as well as an executive director for the Tanner Medical Foundation at Tanner Health.
“We are extremely pleased to extend our recruitment expertise to assist these commissions which help assure professional competence in the healthcare field,” said Mr. Cesafsky.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media