President & CEO, CHIME
Russell Branzell is president and CEO of CHIME and its affiliate associations, AEHIA, AEHIS and AEHIT. In addition to his position at CHIME, he serves on the faculty at Columbia University, where he teaches executive classes in health information technology. He also is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a position that was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. Russ joined CHIME as president and CEO in April 2013 after being an active member for 15 years. Prior to taking his position at CHIME, he was the CEO at the Colorado Health Medical Group; vice president of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System; president/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for-profit IS entity); and regional deputy CIO and executive director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he held numerous healthcare administration positions, including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office.