New Information Technology Leader To Join MidMichigan Health in January
Daniel B. Waltz of Saline, Mich. has been named chief information officer of MidMichigan Health by President and CEO Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D. Waltz, who starts on Jan. 6, 2014, has extensive health care information technology experience and comes to MidMichigan Health after 13 years at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) where he was executive director of Medical Center Information Technology.
“We are pleased to welcome Dan to MidMichigan Health. He had responsibility for information technology transformation at UMHS and has led the information technology systems of small community hospitals and a regional health system, so he will be a great IT leader for our organization,” said Postler-Slattery. “Health care systems rely heavily on the integration of their information systems for efficient and high quality processes, and we feel that Dan will continue to help us advance in this area.”
In addition to his UMHS experience, Waltz was formerly the chief information officer of Chelsea Community Hospital and the manager of patient financial services IT at Saint Joseph Mercy Health Systems. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from Eastern Michigan University.
“After meeting with the leaders and information technology professionals within MidMichigan Health, it was clear that the organization is on course to effectively address the information technology needs of an organization of its size,” said Waltz. “MidMichigan’s affiliation with the University of Michigan Health System will also enhance the information technology direction of MidMichigan. The affiliation is a very important strategic opportunity for both organizations. I will use the relationships and experience I have there to accelerate that development for MidMichigan Health.”
“MidMichigan has made great strides in information technology system integration, provider engagement and in meeting regulatory and compliance demands over the past several years,” Waltz said. “The future of health care organizations will rely on information technology for the delivery of quality clinical care, meeting regulatory and compliance requirements and continually improving as health care models change. And they will be changing,” he added.
Waltz and his wife, Patricia, will be relocating to the region. He was involved in many community organizations in the Ann Arbor/Saline area and plans to become involved with non-profit groups after settling into his new job. He enjoys his three adult children, walking his dog, Charlie, reading, lifting weights, running, bicycling, backpacking, golf, softball, hiking, fishing, hunting, bowling, camping, traveling and being outdoors.