McLaren Health Care has named Ron Strachan as chief information officer to manage systemwide information technology functions. Strachan's role will involve determining short- and long-term IT needs for McLaren and implementing an overall strategy with regard to computer and systems development, hardware acquisition, and integration.
"The realities of the new market economy in health care coupled with technical medical advances, new federal and state regulations, and the need to integrate technology throughout the McLaren system to benefit our patients, physicians and staff demand that we have expert IT talent,' said Phil Incarnati, president and CEO of McLaren Health Care. "Ron Strachan has an excellent track record of implementing technology in innovative yet affordable ways in his previous positions. He'll be an asset to the McLaren system as we continue to grow and expand.'
With nearly 30 years of experience, Strachan most recently served as network chief information officer for Indianapolis-based Community Network Health, a nonprofit health system with more than 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout central Indiana. In this role, he oversaw more than 150 IT professionals and led the efforts that earned the organization multiple Health Care's Most Wired awards.
Additionally, Strachan has held similar positions at WellStar Health System in Marietta, Ga.; HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn.; Matria Healthcare in Marietta, Ga.; and Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. While employed at WellStar Health System, he was twice named a finalist for the Georgia CIO of the Year award, presented by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
"I'm thrilled to be joining McLaren Health Care,' said Strachan. "It's a strong health care system that has remarkable geographic reach across Michigan and beyond. Through the years, I've paid close attention to the organization's growth and have been highly impressed with its ability to provide exceptional clinical care while remaining fiscally solvent.'
A native of Lincoln Park, Mich., Strachan earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Davenport University in Dearborn, Mich. He also holds a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He has been a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society since 1993.
Strachan and his wife, Chris, plan to relocate from Indiana to Michigan.