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Chris Wierz Joins IT Practice

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Oak Brook, IL . . . Chris Wierz has joined Witt/Kieffer as an executive search consultant, Witt/Kieffer President and CEO Jim Gauss announced today.  Witt/Kieffer is the nation’s only top 10 search firm specializing in health care, higher education and not-for-profit organizations.

Wierz will focus her efforts on identifying IT leaders on behalf of hospitals and integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, managed care companies, physician organizations, healthcare associations, vendors, consulting firms and universities.  She has particular expertise in strategic and business planning, developing executive and physician relationships, project management and contract negotiations.  She is an expert in interpreting federal regulations, including ARRA Meaningful Use assessments, HIPAA interpretations and evaluations, and ICD-10 classifications assessments and implementation.

Before joining Witt/Kieffer, Wierz was principal of the Courtyard Group, an international health care transformation company, where she was a principle responsible for the Midwest region. Earlier in her career, she was a client services principal with IBM Global Business Services where she managed business consulting services for large academic health centers and integrated delivery networks.  Prior to joining IBM, she was Executive Vice President for Healthlink, a national health care IT consulting firm. 

Wierz is formerly assistant head nurse of Northwestern Memorial hospital in Chicago and staff nurse at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL.  She is a nationally recognized speaker in HIPAA education awareness, strategic planning and implementation.  She speaks frequently on behalf of the Health Information Management Systems Society and has spoken at the National Managed Healthcare Congress, the HealthCare Forum and the International Nursing Informatics Congress.   

Wierz received her M.B.A. from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and her B.S.N. from SUNY in Binghamton, NY.  She also completed the Executive Development Program from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Read more about Chris.


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