CIO, Via Christi Health
Donna Roach is responsible for the Information Technology department and its functions for Via Christi Health, a 12 hospital system located in Central/ South Kansas. Prior to her CIO position at Via Christi she was the CIO for Borgess Health and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitals, both systems are under Ascension Health.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Roach has focused on healthcare information technology for the past 25 years. Before joining Ascension, she was CIO/VP of Information Services for Bronson Health in Kalamazoo, Michigan and previous to this the CIO/VP of IT at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois. Her past experience includes W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital, Adventist Health System, Resurrection Health Care, Central DuPage Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration.
Roach earned her Bachelor of Science Degree, Health Administration, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She completed her Fellowship at the North Chicago Veterans Administration.
Roach is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer, a Fellow within the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, a Board Member for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and active as a StateNet CHIME coordinator. Previously, she was the President of the Michigan Chapter of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and Chair for the Michigan Hospital Association Technology Board.
She has taught at the University of Illinois – Circle Campus, Rush University, Department of Health Systems Management, and UCONN, Health Administration.