Mr. Buda joined Floyd as Chief Information Officer in 2012. He was named Vice President in 2016.
He previously served as Executive Director of Business Technology for the WellStar Health System in Marietta and Vice President of System Initiatives and Chief Information Officer for Mercy Health System/Catholic Health East in Conshohocken, Penn. He also held roles with a major consulting firm and an information technology software vendor.
Mr. Buda earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and, an Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Dee Cantrell has 24 years in health information technology leadership. She has extensive experience in strategy and operations, project planning and execution, workflow optimization and process improvement. Ms. Cantrell spent 22 years at Emory Healthcare and retired after serving 16 years as their CIO. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and innovation, including being named the Georgia CIO of the Year twice. Additionally, Dee was recognized as one of the top 50 US Health IT Leaders by Becker’s Healthcare Journal, served in a key leadership role for the strategic plan of the statewide HIE for Georgia, was the past President of GA HIMSS and currently on the board and Chair of the GA HIMSS Annual Conference.
Mr. Jesse Diaz has been the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, GA for the past fourteen years. Before coming to Phoebe he was Division Director of Information Systems at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Mr. Diaz is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) and has over thirty four years of healthcare experience. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Troy University in Troy Alabama. Under his leadership Phoebe successfully implemented Meditech 6.1 in all their inpatient facilities. This major EMR conversion standardized, not only the Phoebe Putney Health System into the use of a single EMR, but also served to standardize and centralize all the major business and clinical processes. This major implementation was done on the heels of the implementation of AthenaNet, an ambulatory EMR, in all forty plus ambulatory clinics.
Mr. Diaz strengths include strategic planning, organizational excellence and staff development. Employee morale and satisfaction is the primary focus of his management and leadership philosophy. In 2015 and 2016 the Phoebe Putney Health System Information Technology Department was recognized by HealthCare IT News as the Best Hospital IT Department in the Large Hospital Category. He was a 2018 finalist for the Georgia CIO of the year award in the Healthcare and Life Sciences category. Phoebe Putney Health System was also recognized by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as having achieved stage 6 in the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.
As Vice President of Information Services, Glenn Hilburn brings a unique set of skills to the ever-more important integration of information technology and patient care. Glenn has practiced as a critical care registered nurse, an informaticist, and served in leadership roles for several healthcare software development firms. With his strong knowledge of clinical processes, systems development and informatics, Glenn brings a most important perspective to the use of technology to enhance patient safety, improve care quality, and drive clinical innovation.
Under Glenn’s leadership, Grady achieved the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) and has been recognized as Most Wired for the past eight consecutive years.
Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia HIMSS where he serves as Membership Chair, is an active member of the College of Healthcare Information Executives and is a participant in the 2020 America’s Essential Hospitals Fellows Program.
Zeev Neuwirth MD currently serves as the Chief Clinical Executive for Care Transformation &
Strategic Services at Atrium Health. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Neuwirth held severals roles at Atrium Health: Senior Medical Director for Population Health, Senior Medical Director for Primary Care Services, and Chief Clinical Executive of the Atrium Health Medical Group. Prior to joining Atrium Health, Zeev served as Chief of Clinical Effectiveness & Innovation at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a 600 physician multi-specialty group practice located in Eastern Massachusetts.
Dr. Neuwirth has over a dozen years of experience in care redesign, quality improvement,
innovation and population health. He has served as an industry adviser to a number of digital
health companies. His efforts to improve and transform healthcare delivery have been
featured in Newsweek, Forbes, Fast Company, WebMD, The Yale School of Management
Journal, and in two Harvard case studies.
In August 2017, Dr. Neuwirth launched a bi-weekly healthcare podcast entitled, Creating a New
Healthcare. The podcast has been named as one of the most popular healthcare podcasts of
2018 and was awarded “Healthcare Podcast of the Year” by HITMC in April 2019.
In April 2019, Dr. Neuwirth published a book, Reframing Healthcare – A Roadmap for Creating
Disruptive Change. The book was rated on Amazon as the #1 New Release in the categories of
Healthcare Administration & Healthcare Policy. In this book, Dr. Neuwirth outlines a
comprehensive and scalable approach to transforming healthcare delivery.
Chris Paravate is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) where he oversees the information technology, clinical informatics and telecommunications departments for the systems’ hospital campuses as well as a variety of outpatient locations. Chris has served as CIO for NGHS since October 2014.
Prior to joining the NGHS team, Chris served as Director of Portfolio Management for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) where he was responsible for coordinating operational decision-making processes associated with redesign, process improvement and automation across the organization. While at CHOA, Chris led its enterprise EMR system selection, implementation and support delivery.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Operations from DeVry Institute of Technology and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) as well as a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brenau University and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2001. Chris has over twenty years of health care process improvement and information systems implementation and support experience.
Marie Roof has more than thirty years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology. She is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Security Officer for Tift Regional Health System. In this role, she serves on the Executive Leadership team and has helped in the transition to a new enterprise Electronic Health Record System, a new Human Resources and Payroll System, assisted with the transition of the health system from a hospital authority to a 501c3 organization, and most recently, serves on the COVID-19 Command Center Team.
Previous positions held by Marie included President and CEO of Kodiak System, a cloud infrastructure company, where she set the company on a growth trajectory towards 20% year over year. She also served twelve years as CIO and HIPAA officer for Vibra Healthcare helping the company grow from five hospitals to more than fifty facilities with revenue reaching $1 billion. Marie also held leadership positions at Select Medical Corporation, Cigna Healthcare, and Capital Blue Cross.
Marie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science, a Masters of Business Administration, and a certification in healthcare Lean Six Sigma. She served on the CHIME (i.e., College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) Speaker’s Bureau and the Career Development committee. She was President of CPAHIMSS (Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Systems Society), served on the Central Pennsylvania United Way Technology Committee, and on the Board of WITF, a Central Pennsylvania public broadcasting company. In 2016, she was selected as one of the 25 Women of Influence in Central Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Marie enjoys bicycling, giving back to the community, and spending time with her friends and family. Last October, she combined these passions by serving as a USA cycling coach for the Georgia Chapter of JDRF in its Ride for a Cure in Amelia Island.
Suleima Salgado, MBA is the Director of Telemedicine for the Georgia Department of Public Health. With over 15 years’ experience in state & local government, healthcare education, and public relations she has led various public health initiatives in both Georgia and Florida. As the director of telemedicine, Suleima is responsible for setting strategic goals to increase access and bring health equity to underserved areas of the state. Suleima works daily with state and federal agencies, health systems, county health departments, private providers, public schools, colleges/universities and non-profits to develop and implement telemedicine programs across Georgia.
Prior to this role, Suleima served as the Deputy Director of Communications for the department where she oversaw all aspects of internal and external communications for the Department and its programs and divisions.
Mrs. Salgado holds a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern University in Florida. Suleima also serves her community as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, is a member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is on the Medical Reserve Corp- GEM response team, and serves as a board member for MentorEvolution, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, and the Latino Association for Parents of Public Schools.
Wayne Sellers is the Chief Information Officer for AU Health System, Inc. He leads AU Health’s information technology strategy, working with executive leadership and caregivers across the health system to enhance patient care, in a fiscally responsible manner, through innovative technologies.
Wayne Sellers has more than 20 years of experience as a health care IT leader. Prior to AU Health, Wayne served as Cerner Corporation’s executive director of IT Operations for Baptist Health, where he guided IT strategy and investments, transformed the end-user experiences and matured data management and analytics to drive better patient outcomes.
Wayne Sellers is a member of CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) and has recently been appointed to the GRAChIE (a Georgia Regional Health Information Exchange) board of directors.