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Geisinger CIO named to Premier 100 IT Leaders list

Jan. 14, 2003, DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System chief information officer Frank M. Richards has been recognized by Computerworld, a leading weekly newspaper for information technology (IT) leaders, as one of the business world’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. The award honors individuals who have creatively applied technology to execute their organization’s business strategy.

Richards will be honored at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, Feb. 23-25, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Other award winners include leading IT executives from corporations such as Bayer Pharmaceutical, Circuit City Stores, Inc., Dow Chemical Company, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and MasterCard International.

“We congratulate Frank and his team on this tremendous honor,” said Frank Trembulak, Geisinger’s executive vice president, chief operating officer. "In the world of information technology, Geisinger has developed a reputation on par with our reputation as a national health care leader.”

As chief information officer, Richards oversees the vast network of information technology systems that link doctors, nurses, support staff and patients in Geisinger’s 31-county service area. During Richards’ tenure, Geisinger has built an electronic medical records network that is considered among the industry’s best.

Geisinger has twice been named one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired hospital and health systems by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, in cooperation with McKesson Information Solutions, Qwest Communications International, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Last year, Geisinger was also a finalist for the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award for transforming the healthcare industry through the use of technology.

“IT leaders are responsible for a wide variety of initiatives that are vital to business - ranging from customer service to security assurance to a cost-effective supply chain,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders highlight an elite class of technology thought-leaders who truly practice what they preach about using IT to creatively solve business problems and enable new services.”

Richards holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Juniata College and started his career at Geisinger in 1978 in the clinical chemistry laboratory. He joined the information technology staff in 1981 as the team leader responsible for installing a new $2 million lab system. In 1997, he was promoted to vice president of information technology, and he was appointed chief information officer in 2000.

Richards lives in Catawissa with his wife, Nancy. The couple has three children: Josh, 24, Michael, 21, and Patrick, 16. He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the Jan. 6, 2003 issue of Computerworld and online at