SAN DIEGO – Patric Thomas has been appointed chief information officer for Scripps Health. As CIO and corporate vice president, Thomas will direct all information services functions for the $2.2 billion non-profit health care system.
Since February, Thomas has served as interim CIO, having joined Scripps in 2005 as director of enterprise architecture. In that role, he was responsible for upgrading the network infrastructure, positioning Scripps for future growth in its information systems.
“This is a critical role for Scripps and our future success as we continue our investment in information systems to provide the best health care to our patients and to support our daily operations,” said President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “Patric’s understanding of health care information technology and his commitment to Scripps’ values will serve him well in this role.”
Thomas brings more than 26 years of experience in health care and health care information technology to Scripps. He received his bachelor of science in business management from the University of Phoenix and holds certificates in information technology service management as well as programming. He is a certified information security manager and network engineer. In addition, Thomas is a member of the Health Information Management System Society and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2.2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,300 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers.
Scripps is committed to contributing to the future of medicine, offering more than 250 clinical research trials and three graduate medical education programs.