Former Dayton Children’s CIO earns Stoltenberg Future Fund Scholarship for CHIME Forums

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stoltenberg Consulting Inc., a leading healthcare IT consulting firm, announced today that Elizabeth Hunkeler, former CIO of Dayton Children’s Hospital, is the 2018 recipient the Stoltenberg Future Fund Scholarship for secondary education through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Forums.

Hunkeler is the tenth scholarship recipient from the Stoltenberg Future Fund program since its inception in 2009. Stoltenberg Consulting pledged a total of $50,000 to the CHIME Education Foundation over a span of 25 years.

“I am passionate about transforming people’s lives through the use of technology,” said Hunkeler. “I am a lifelong learner and always bring home new ideas and newfound energy when I attend the CHIME conference. As a CIO in transition, it is more important than ever for me to keep current on the latest industry trends and network with other CIOs. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this year’s CHIME Fall Forum.”

The Stoltenberg Future Fund awards scholarships annually through the CHIME Education Foundation for recipient use at any of CHIME's educational events, including the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, Fall CIO Forum and CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be CHIME members in good standing, express need for financial support for continuing education and describe their professional goals in the healthcare IT industry.

Hunkeler has been in the health IT industry for 32 years. Most notably, she served as the CIO of Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where she led the pediatric hospital through its digital journey to an Epic electronic health record (EHR) system, the Workday enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and a new data center. Under Hunkeler’s leadership, the organization optimized workflow and interoperability with community physicians and the Ohio statewide health information exchange (HIE) CliniSync. With Hunkeler at the helm, Dayton Children’s was the first hospital in Ohio to receive incentives under Medicaid for Meaningful Use. As a CIO in transition, Hunkeler recently earned her master’s degree in information systems from Wright State University.

Serving as an active CHIME Foundation firm for 11 years, Stoltenberg Consulting is the sponsor of the CHIME18 Fall CIO Forum Giving Back Event for community service and the Women of CHIME female executive networking and support gatherings.

For more information about Stoltenberg Consulting, visit www.stoltenberg.com. For more information about CHIME, please visit www.chimecentral.org

About Stoltenberg Consulting 
Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc., leads the health IT industry with innovative 2018 Best in KLAS Flexsourcing and legacy support programs that improve patient engagement, decrease physician burnout, enhance EHR end-user adoption and trim IT support costs. Delivering a holistic approach to healthcare organizations, Stoltenberg provides information technology and business consulting services spanning EHR system selection, project management, implementation and optimization support with measurable results for value-based care. Averaging 15 years of experience, Stoltenberg consultants are skilled in both financial and clinical systems with best practice expertise for Cerner Millennium, Cerner Soarian, Epic, MEDITECH, NextGen, Allscripts and McKesson customers. To see how Stoltenberg simplifies healthcare technology, visit www.stoltenberg.com.

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