Following an extensive nationwide search, UC Davis Health has appointed William Showalter as Chief Information Officer (CIO).
As CIO, Showalter will oversee and manage all aspects of UC Davis Health’s information and telecommunications technology, leading innovative initiatives, strategies and acquisitions that support and enhance our research, education and clinical care missions. He will be responsible for an annual operating budget of about $99 million, an annual capital budget of $11 million, and more than 400 staff employees, including managers, programmers, analysts and support staff.
Showalter is a well-tenured information systems executive with a broad track record of success across multiple health care entities. He brings a strong background of innovation, having successfully led several significant data and analytics initiatives. Showalter previously served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to Froedtert, he was senior vice president and CIO of Mercy Health in St. Louis, and CIO of Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis. Showalter also held leadership roles with Siemens Health Services in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
"William has a solid record of innovation at complex health care organizations like ours," said Julie A. Freischlag, vice chancellor and dean at UC Davis Health. "His focus on creating business value and his strengths in change management align well with our current and future technology needs for advancing patient care, education and research.”
Showalter earned a master’s degree in public administration and urban and regional planning from the University of Pittsburgh. He will assume his duties on the Sacramento campus on Feb. 13, 2017.
UC Davis retained Spencer Stuart, a health care executive search firm, to conduct a national search for the position.