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Russell P. Branzell is the CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME) and its affiliate associations the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA).

Prior to joining CHIME as President and CEO in April 2013, Branzell served as CEO for the Colorado Health Medical Group. Before serving as CEO of Colorado Health, he was the Vice President of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System and the President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS' for-profit IS entity). Before joining PVHS, Branzell was the Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Mo. Before his time in St. Louis, Branzell served on active duty in the United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he served in numerous healthcare administration positions including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office. In 1996, he was selected for the Air Force Medical Service Fellowship program and completed a CIO Internship at the Unity Health System in St. Louis.

A native of San Antonio, Branzell earned an undergraduate degree in business administration specializing in human resource management and labor relations from the University of Texas. In addition, he earned a Master’s degree in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle University with an emphasis in management.

CHIME Service and Awards

  • CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO)
  • CHIME Fellow
  • CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Faculty Member (current)
  • CHIME State Advocacy Award (2010)
  • Past Chair, CHIME Education Foundation
  • Past Member, CHIME Board of Trustees (2004-2008)
  • Past Chair, CHIME Education Committee (2004-2008)

Industry Service and Awards

  • Fellow, HIMSS
  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Colorado CIO Communication Collaborative (C4) Facilitator
  • ACHE Regent’s Award – Young Healthcare Administrator of the Year, State of Colorado (2005)
  • Northern Colorado Business Report Healthcare Hero (Executive)(2006)
  • Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2008)
  • Hospital & Health Networks “Most Wired”/ “Most Wireless” for past seven years
  • Information Week Healthcare CIO TOP 25 HIT Executives(2011)




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