Chris Wierz brings over 30 years of healthcare experience to her executive search practice, including 20 years in healthcare information technology. She is managing director & practice co-leader, information technology and is based in the firm’s Oak Brook, Illinois office. Chris identifies leaders on behalf of hospitals and integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, managed care companies, physician organizations, healthcare associations, vendors, consulting firms and universities.
Chris has particular expertise in strategic and business planning, developing executive and physician relationships, project management and contract negotiations. Throughout her career she has recruited a wide variety of healthcare executives, senior leaders and directors for various roles and understands the ever changing and unique healthcare IT industry landscape across the country and the diverse skills necessary to be successful. In addition to strong executive and physician relationships, Chris is an expert in interpreting federal regulations, including ARRA Meaningful Use assessments, HIPAA interpretations and evaluations, and ICD-10 classification assessments and implementation.
Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Chris served as partner and Epic service line executive for Encore Health Resources (now a Quintiles company). Previously, she was principal of the Courtyard Group, an international healthcare transformation company, and has also served as 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 healthcare IT consulting firm. She has had proven success in launching major technology initiatives and systems implementation across a variety of healthcare organizations focusing on improving clinical and strategic outcomes.
Chris is formerly assistant head nurse of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and staff nurse at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Chris is a nationally-recognized speaker in federal regulations and 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, CHIME, the HealthCare Forum and the International Nursing Informatics Congress plus multiple state wide organizations.
M.B.A., Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Executive Development Program, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
B.S.N., SUNY, Binghamton, NY