September 22, 1997

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Ron Palmich has been named chief information officer (CIO) for Emory Healthcare's Information Systems Department and for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, effective September 1. Mr. Palmich's appointment as CIO begins the transition for John Waller, M.D., who has occupied the position since 1995, to return to his leadership role in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Mr. Palmich came to Emory in January 1997 after 37 years with IBM, where he was credited with developing IBM's Multimedia Operations Division. He also developed the strategies, business case, software and support organization that became the foundation for IBM's Computer Integrated Manufacturing Initiative. Most recently he served as director of the 1996 Olympic Games Project Office, overseeing IBM's Olympic involvement.

Mr. Palmich's current responsibilities, as chief of information systems (CIS) for Emory Healthcare, are providing overall technical direction, including architecture, re-engineering and leadership in infrastructure definition. With his promotion, he will also be responsible for providing the leadership and strategies designed to help the Information Systems (IS) Department participate in the execution of the new vision and strategy emerging in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. As CIO for Emory Healthcare, he is charged with strengthening IS support of healthcare initiatives. As CIO for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, he will focus on establishing a cooperative and seamless synergy for the flow of information between clinical and medical research programs.

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