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A New Role for Tim Tarnowski as the first Chief Transformation Officer at UMass Memorial Health Care

WORCESTER, Mass. – UMass Memorial Health Care has tapped chief information officer (CIO) Tim Tarnowski to serve as its first chief transformation officer (CTO). Tarnowski will remain as CIO a position he has held for the past four years. The organizational change strengthens the health care system’s commitment to improving quality and value for patients, their families and the communities in Central Massachusetts.

In this new role, Tarnowski will lead the Center for Innovation and Transformational Change (CITC) functions within the health care system, in addition to his current oversight of Information Services. He will be responsible for the strategic guidance and management of the organization’s continuous improvement efforts, which includes championing the highly-successful Idea System. Over the past four years, front-line caregivers have submitted and implemented more than 55,000 such ideas across the system.

“Tim’s leadership and transformation skills have been invaluable to us during the last several years – especially during the rollout of Epic and the modernization of our infrastructure, the largest technology upgrade of its kind in our organization’s history,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care.  “As a leader, Tim is both strategic and a champion of continual process improvement and will serve our organization well in this new role.”

Tarnowski used his strong background in Lean Management to help UMass Memorial whittle-down more than 100 disparate systems to a single electronic medical records (EMR) platform. Within eight months of going live with the new EMR, UMass Memorial reached HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 for both the inpatient and outpatient setting – a feat only accomplished by 2 percent of health care systems nationwide.

“I am honored to serve in this new role and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Dickson’s leadership team, our physician leaders and caregivers to strengthen our focus on achieving operational excellence so that we can best serve our patients, providers and community,” said Tim Tarnowski.

Prior to joining UMass Memorial in 2014, Tim served in IT leadership roles at Indiana University Health, University of Kentucky and at Stanford Health Care. He has been accountable for leading transformational change initiatives, executing IT strategies, establishing governance models and leading overall IT restructuring activities.

Tarnowski earned a BBA in Accounting from Cleveland State University in Ohio, an MIM in International Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and an MBA in Finance from ESADE Business and Law School in Spain.