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Methodist CIO Pamela McNutt Named among Top 25 Women in Healthcare
04/22/2011

DALLAS – Methodist Health System Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Pamela McNutt has been named among the Top 25 Women in Healthcare across the nation by Modern Healthcare magazine. Announcement of the winners in this fourth biennial program was made this week in the national trade magazine and online at ModernHealthcare.com. McNutt is the first CIO selected for this prestigious honor.

 Methodist Health System SVP and CIO Pam McNutt Named Among Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare

Pamela G. McNutt, FCHIME
Methodist Health System 
SVP and CIO 


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Winners include savvy female executives across the country that are making a positive difference in the health care industry in all sectors of the industry, including hospitals, health care systems, physician organizations, insurance, government, vendors and suppliers, trade and professional organizations, and patients' rights groups – and including an array of issues including reform, policy, education, research, advocacy, and more. These top health care leaders are using their influence and abilities to successfully effect change to benefit all who serve in health care, and all who are served. Selections are based on leadership, effecting change in the industry, sharing expertise with others, and providing a role model to other female health care executives.

"We strongly agree with those who cheer this honored group in health care, not only as some of the best and brightest women in our health care industry – but as some of the most devoted servant leaders, regardless of gender," says Dr. Stephen L. Mansfield, FACHE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System. "With sweeping changes and challenges in our industry, we are all fortunate indeed to have exceptional leaders like Pam working on our behalf."

McNutt has played a key role at Methodist in switching from what most were doing in health care-using multiple vendors and platforms and retooling them to fit together, a difficult strategy to sustain in a rapid growth mode. She used a five-year process to streamline and integrate Methodist's information systems. Improvements she has led at Methodist include bringing more useful data to the bedside and working to reduce errors through information technology. McNutt has also taken on a wider role as a speaker and educator throughout the industry. As chair of the policy steering committee for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, she works with other senior leaders across the nation to craft the group's comments on proposed federal IT regulations and the potential of IT across the continuum of health care.

"Methodist is honored by this accolade earned by our CIO, and we know that she is generous in sharing her expertise with others, mentoring other women in national health care leadership, and serving as an inspiring role model, for us, and across the nation," says Methodist Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff. 

The announcement notes that woman have played key roles in health care throughout history – from pioneers giving direct aid in battlefields centuries ago, to today's sophisticated executives who are heirs to that early legacy of compassion, innovation, and determination. McNutt loves technology and became a chief information officer more than 20 years ago, at a time when she was often among the few women in such leadership. She joined Methodist in 1993 and in 2001, launched a five-year plan to integrate clinical data with electronic health record systems. She is a nationally recognized leader in health care information technology and a sought-after speaker and expert.

Honorees will be formally recognized and celebrated in a ceremony in Atlanta, Ga., on the evening of July 12 as Modern Healthcare hosts an educational conference and awards gala there. Among those supporting the nomination was the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in which McNutt is an active leader, with supporting documentation from other health information technology professional organizations.

For a photo of Pamela McNutt, go to: http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/PamMcNutt

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.

About Methodist Health System Foundation
Methodist Health System is a nonprofit organization. If you are interested in supporting vital health care and community programs, please contact the Methodist Health System Foundation at 214-947-4555 or visit them online at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/foundation.

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