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Akron Children's names new vice president, chief information officer

02-17-2017 (Akron, Ohio )

Harun Rashid has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as vice president and chief information officer.

Rashid comes to Akron Children’s with more than 25 years of information services experience, having most recently served as vice president for international services and vice president for tele-health services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Prior to those positions, he served 11 years as vice president for global health services and chief information officer for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Magee Women’s Hospital and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic – all within UPMC.

“We are very excited to have Harun on our leadership team at Akron Children’s,” said Grace Wakulchik, Akron Children’s chief operating officer. “He has successfully managed large-scale information systems within the healthcare environment, taking Pittsburgh Children’s to HIMMS [Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society] Level 7, the first pediatric hospital to achieve this recognition.”

Rashid has also held leadership positions with Phoenix Health System in Richardson, Texas; Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Ark.; and Gateway Health System, in Clarksville, Tenn. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 CIOs in the country by CIO Magazine.

Rashid holds Bachelor of Science degrees in information systems and business management from the University of West Alabama, and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas.