MUMC’s Patricia Lavely Earns ‘Fellow’ Designation

(June 30, 2009) - Patricia Lavely, Memorial University Medical Center's (MUMC) senior vice president and chief information officer, has been named a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The ACHE is an international society of 30,000 healthcare executives who lead the nation's hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. Lavely has successfully achieved the high standards of professional development within ACHE, a distinction held by only 7,500 healthcare executives. Fellowship is obtained through multiple requirements, including a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits, and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Lavely joined MUMC in 2006 and oversees the day-to-day operations and strategy of the 90 employees and $17 million dollar budget of MUMC's information services department. She works with community healthcare leaders and coordinates with clinicians to enhance the use of advanced clinical systems. Lavely also provides leadership and support to a number of committees working to improve and develop information technology in Savannah. Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.