Tim Stettheimer, PhD, served as a healthcare CIO for two decades and worked with healthcare information technology and healthcare leaders for twenty-five years. He had most recently served as the Vice-President of education for The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Provost of CHIME University. In this role Tim planned, designed, and directed education for all members of CHIME and affiliated organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to his role at CHIME, Tim served as the Regional Chief Information Officer (RCIO) for the South and Central Region of Ascension Information Services (AIS), which is made up of seven geographic markets as well as all senior living locations and all medical groups. As RCIO, Tim was the regional leader responsible for AIS service delivery and strategic technology visioning. Tim also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent’s Health System, Birmingham. He also held various leadership roles at Adventist Health System and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Tim earned a doctorate in information services focused on medical informatics, information theory and design, and information policy and management from the University of North Texas in Denton. He held a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Tim was recognized as a fellow with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (FCHIME). He was also a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Tim earned the CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) credential, was a certified professional in healthcare information management systems (CPHIMS) and was a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Additionally, Tim held faculty positions with The University of North Texas, The University of Alabama – Birmingham and Boston College.
While working at Ascension, Tim served as the CHIME 2010 Board Chair, the 2011 CHIME Foundation Board Chair and the 2013-1014 CHIME Education Foundation Board Chair. In 2006, he received the prestigious John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year award from CHIME and HIMSS. In November of 2022, Tim was presented with the prestigious CHIME Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his accomplishments as a visionary industry innovator, role model, leader, life-learner, teacher, and mentor.
Tim Stettheimer passed away in February 2023 after a courageous battle with ALS.
The Tim Stettheimer, PhD Scholarship provides funding for healthcare IT leaders who are interested in pursuing continuing education programs to advance their careers in healthcare IT and digital transformation. The scholarship has been created to recognize Tim’s legacy and his dedication and commitment to lifelong learning.
Those applying for this scholarship should mirror Tim’s passion for learning and his drive to advance health and care through the pursuit of knowledge. All applications and scholarship awards will be handled through the CHIME Education Foundation. The application and award process will be available in June 2023. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund please click the button below.