The Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) serves healthcare organizations and providers across Georgia seamlessly bringing health information from one healthcare professional to another. GRAChIE provides health information in a secure, electronic format allowing healthcare professionals to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s health information electronically through EHR system.
Tara Broxton Cramer
Tara Broxton Cramer has been the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) since November 2011. She was previously Executive Director of the East Georgia Health Cooperative, a rural health network.
Cramer sits on the User Group Committee of the Georgia Health Information Network, and is a member of both the Technology Committee and the Pediatric Asthma Committee for the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition. She is a former Secretary of the Board for the National Cooperative of Health Networks and co-chaired its 2011 annual conference. She received the organization’s New and Emerging Leader Award in 2009.
Gloria Evans joined GRAChIE in May 2012 as Database Specialist. Previously, she worked at Washington County Regional Medical Center (WCRMC) where she served as Administrative Assistant in the Quality Management Department. During her 12 years at WCRMC, she assisted with Core Measure compliance, Joint Commission Accreditation, Workers Compensation, and Risk Management. Gloria’s responsibilities at GRAChIE includes management of the Master Patient Index and Database Management.
GRAChIE welcomed Shanna Grant to the team in August 2015 as a MPI Technician for the network. Shanna’s primary responsibilities include daily patient identity reconciliation and connectivity monitoring. She also compiles reporting data and processes provider access requests from GRAChIE member organizations.
Joanna Pardee-Walkingstick became a full-time member of the GRAChIE team in November 2016 as an Integration Specialist. Joanna serves as the onboarding project manager for new member connections. She also works closely with long standing GRAChIE members upgrading existing connections to leverage the latest exchange standards and meet elevated provider expectations. Joanna leads network upgrade implementations and enhancements by following GRAChIE member feedback and leadership guidance paired with emerging technologies and functionality.
Joanna’s experience in health information exchange operations spans back to 2006 as a specialist in healthcare IT project management for maintaining and expanding network operations. She has managed network connections with eHealth Exchange participants, IHS and tribal healthcare systems, multi-state healthcare systems, specialist and primary care practices, rural hospitals, and ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) utilizing +30 unique EMR vendors.
Roxana Kahn Bonham joined the GRAChIE team in April 2018 as an HIE Implementation Coordinator. She is responsible for delivering support services and project management throughout the projects’ life cycle to ensure the successful delivery of services and implementations to GRAChIE members and health-exchange partners.
Roxana has over 20 years’ experience facilitating the delivery of Healthcare IT solutions. She previously held roles as a Project Manager at Cerner, EHR Product Manager at CompuGroup US, Consultant for the HIT SC Regional Extension Center, Manager of Outsourced Billing at Palmetto Health, EHR Trainer and Clinical Informatics Analyst, and System Support Specialist at BCBS of SC.
Omer Awan leads Navicent Health's efforts to leverage information and technology to support and advance the organizxation as Chief Information Officer (CIO), with over 20 years of IT leadership experience in the healthcare industry.
Omer joined Navicent in October 2016 from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems where he held the position of Vice President and Senior Regional CIO. Prior to this, Omer server as the Associate Vice President, Information Systems at Memorial Hermaan Health System in Houston, Texas and before that, held multiple leadership positions within Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.
Omer has undergraduate degress in accounting and computer science, is a project management professional (PMP), and has a master's degree in Business Administration. Additionally, he completed post graduate work at MIT and Harvard to earn certificates in Strategy/Innovation and Healthcare IT. Omer is also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) through College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). In 2014, Omer was honored by the CIO Magazine/CIO Executive Council and presented with the 2014 CIO Ones to Watch™ award.
Dr. Michael Casdorph
Dr. Michael Casdorph is an Information Technology (IT) leader with more than 29 years’ experience. As interim Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer for Augusta University and AU Health, Dr. Casdorph provides executive IT leadership across the university and health system, where IT touches virtually every aspect of student education, patient care, and research innovation.
Casdorph leads the institution’s strategic planning priorities and creates business value by helping to set and lead technology strategy and innovation in partnership with AU’s executive leadership as well as a robust IT governance structure. The Division of Information Technology incorporates traditional IT functions and services such as infrastructure, cyber security, IT service delivery, and applications across the university and health system, as well as faculty-centered services delivered by the Office of Technology Enhanced Learning & Innovation.
Casdorph received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Marylhurst University, a master’s degree in educational technology from University of South Carolina, and doctorate in education from Georgia Southern University. He has been a part of the senior IT leadership team at Augusta University for nearly 10 years. Prior to coming to AU, he served as Director, Network Systems, Architecture and Infrastructure at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Thomas W. Oliver, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Thomas Oliver was appointed as Interim Executive Vice President Chief Clinical Officer & Chief Operating Officer Navicent Health Enterprise/Chief Medical Officer Medical Center Navicent Health in July 2018.
Since January 2018 , Dr. Oliver has served Chief Medical Officer for the Medical Center Navicent Health and will continue to serve in this dual role until a new appointment is made for CMO. Prior to taking the role of Assistant CMO and eventually CMO, Dr. Oliver had an illustrious career at Radiology Associates of Macon, which he began in 2003.
A graduate from Emory University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Radiology and his fellowship in Interventional Radiology. He has been a part of the physician community in Macon and Atlanta for over 30 years, Dr. Oliver has served as the Chair of the Department of Radiology at both Coliseum and Macon Northside Hospitals. In addition, he served on the Medical Executive Committee at both hospitals and as a member of the Peer Review Committee and chair of the Credentials Committee at Macon Northside Hospital. He served as the Assistant Medical Director for The Medical Center Navicent Health for 12 months prior to his appointment as Chief Medical Officer, where he demonstrated excellent leadership and thoughtfulness in the projects he managed during that time.
Dr. Oliver has also submitted numerous scientific paper presentations, scientific exhibits and publications since he began his medical career.
Dr. Oliver is known in the executive team for his reflection and critical thinking skills, as well as, a team player and as one who is intentional and resolute in direction.
Phillip L. Coule, MD
Dr. Phillip Coule serves as the Vice-Chairman for Clinical and Business Operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services at AUHealth. Dr. Coule is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and the EMS subspecialty board. Dr. Coule obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Augusta State University in 1992 and his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 1996. He completed a transitional internship in Internal Medicine and then a residency in Emergency Medicine and joined the faculty in 2000. Dr. Coule completed his Physician Executive MBA at the University of Tennessee in 2012.
Dr. Coule serves in various positions within the health system including Medical Director of the Emergency Communications Center, Medical Director of both the AirLife Georgia 10 EMS Helicopter service and the Augusta Fire Department. Dr. Coule has served on various committees and task forces particularly making use of his expertise in emergency care and disaster preparedness. Dr. Coule was formerly the Director of the Center of Operational Medicine, leaving that position to assume the Vice-Chairman role.
Dr. Coule is recognized internationally as a leading expert on the topic of disaster preparedness and mass casualty triage. He serves as the Chairman of the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to training emergency responders to better respond to disasters. Dr. Coule and colleagues created the National Disaster Life Support training programs that have become the gold standard for healthcare disaster preparedness training. He has authored numerous publications in the area of pre-hospital emergency care. Dr. Coule also has an interest in health information technology and previously served as the physician champion for health information integration at AUHealth.
Joseph A. Thornton, MS serves as the Vice President of Ambulatory Care Services at AUHealth. Prior to this position, he served as Assistant Vice President of Ambulatory Care Finance at AUHealth, where he was responsible for overseeing the budgetary and financial management of Ambulatory Care Services. In addition, Mr. Thornton was responsible for Ambulatory Patient Access Services, which included management of the Call Center, Financial Quality Services, Desk Operations and Emergency Department Registration.
Mr. Thornton joined AUHealth in 2001 as Director of Eye Care Services before assuming responsibilities as Administrative Director of Ambulatory Care Patient Access Services. Prior to that, he was an Administrative Manager for Dermatology, Audiology, and Ear, Nose and Throat for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
He earned both a Master of Science degree in health systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta.
Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council
Albert B. Grandy Jr., CPA currently is the CEO of Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc.in Savannah, GA., after serving as the CFO/COO for the two years (2011-2013). Albert is a highly motivated, resourceful and team-oriented executive with more than 35 years of progressive experience in executive leadership, financial /administrative management, auditing, strategic planning, and operations, both government and commercial markets with a Health Care and Information Technology focus. As CEO Albert provides executive leadership and direction for the overall corporation operations and represents the organization in policy matters and strengthen partnerships locally, regional, state-wide and nationally. He has leveraged and secured resources, established relationships and funding to advance CVCPHC mission, vision and goals. In addition, he provides technical assistance consulting services for community health centers funded by HHS-HRSA for over twenty years.
Prior to joining CVCPHC, Albert served for seven years as the Sr. VP/Chief Corporate Officer and managed the over-all corporate operations for a Managed Service Organization that provided direction for three entities a Managed Care Organization, Community Health Center and Foundation with a combined budget in excess of $140 million. He also served as the CFO for several Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, St. Louis, Mo. And Huntsville, AL. Albert other professional experience includes serving as the CFO/VP of Administration for IT firm, auditor for Washington Area Transit Authority and Amtrak. He started his career in public accounting and advanced to audit manager before moving directly into the health care industry.
Albert maintains active involvement in several community service organizations. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee for Chatham County Safety Net, a network of safety net providers serving Chatham County, GA, Georgia Association of Primary Health Centers (GAPHC), Riverview Nursing Home and NACHC (National Association of Community Health Centers), Public Housing and Nominating Committees. Being an avid golfer and still plays competitive basketball for his recreational activities. He coaches and assist in multiple youth teams baseball, football and basketball in the local community. He has previously been a board member for several organizations and most recent a nursing home and an open-air farmer’s market. Albert received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park and CPA in the State of Maryland. He is married and has four children and five grand-children.