Manager, Public and Media Relations
Cooperstown, NY – August 4, 2011 – Mr. Scott C. Groom has assumed the role of Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Bassett Healthcare Network. Groom’s responsibilities include the integration of information technology, management, and planning into all aspects of the hospital, clinics, and business ventures. His immediate focus is on the network’s transition to an enhanced electronic health record (EHR), particularly the strategy and execution of advanced clinical technology and solutions, including patient access, and automation of physician documentation, and medication orders.
Bassett’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bertine McKenna, Ph.D., notes that, "The role of Network CIO is extremely important in terms of integrating all of Bassett’s information technology efforts. The immediate work of transitioning to a more sophisticated EHR is exciting, but also challenging. Mr. Groom brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role. We are fortunate he’s chosen to join Bassett."
Groom has previously served on the West Virginia Governor’s Health Task Force, state boards on telemedicine and health information exchange, the Tri-State Chamber Leadership Council, and in board leadership roles for the American Red Cross, and YMCA. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Information & Communications Alliance (NCHICA), as chair of Strategic Planning for the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce, and as president of the George Washington/DC chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives. Groom is the recipient of the National VIP Award for Quality & Patient Safety in Healthcare achieved through automation, and was recognized in the same year by the Healthcare Information Systems Society for reaching the top two percent nationally in adoption. ''
Groom most recently served as vice president and CIO for Cabell Huntington Hospital, the teaching hospital for the Marshall University School of Medicine. His prior experience includes serving as an executive in the corporate division for Baptist Health of Mississippi, as the System CIO. Before joining Baptist, Groom served as vice president of InfoPartners, a Nashville-based consulting firm where he was ultimately responsible for the oversight of multiple site-based executives and operations among 40 hospitals and health systems in the Eastern U.S. Before taking on the VP role at InfoPartners, Groom served as CIO of one of the company's member hospitals. Prior to joining InfoPartners, he served as an executive with Cerner Corporation, a Fortune 500 healthcare software and professional services firm.
Groom earned his Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University’s School of Business. He completed a post-graduate residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.