Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System has a new second-in-command.
Florence Chang has been named executive vice president of the not-for-profit, multiple-hospital health system.
“In this new role, Chang is responsible for inpatient and service operations of MultiCare – the hospitals, programs and services within them, as well as Information Services,” the health system said. The new executive vice president formerly served as MultiCare’s chief executive officer and senior vice president of Clinical Support Services. She has been with MultiCare for six years.
“Through her leadership and visionary thinking, Florence has been instrumental in many of our initiatives that have directly transformed and improved patient care,” said Diane Cecchettini, president and chief information officer at MultiCare. “Florence is a progressive leader and she has a passion for helping others. Under her guidance, the implementation of our electronic health record has revolutionized the way we view and deliver health care in our communities and has positioned MultiCare as a national leader in health care technology.”
MultiCare has been recognized as a pioneer in electronic health record keeping. In 2009, MultiCare was the sole winner of the Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for Organizational Health. presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Chang came to MultiCare Health System in 2006 from Dearborn Advisors, a healthcare information technology consultant firm, where she served as senior vice president and partner. She received her bachelor of science in medical technology at California State University in Dominguez Hills, and her MBA from Pepperdine University in California.
MultiCare includes Tacoma General, Mary Bridge Childrens, Allenmore and Good Samaritan hospitals and Auburn Regional Medical Center. The health system also operates a broad network of clinics and specialty care center throughout the South Sound.