Fall 2021 Newsletter

President's Welcome

Scott Raymond, RN, BSN, MHA/INF
Chief Information Officer, Global Healthcare, NetApp
President, HIMSS Colorado Chapter

I want to welcome our Colorado Chapter. I would also like to thank the past board for their tremendous work during our most challenging time throughout this pandemic.

I would also like to personally thank Sarah Sample-Reif for her leadership and her mentorship of me in preparation of this new role. Our commitment to the membership has not changed, we are charged with delivering great content, education, and leadership to the Colorado HIT community. Thank you for your continued passion and commitment to provide the best technology to support all the patients you serve. I look forward to seeing all very soon at our many events we have planned.



Please Join us at our 2021 CHIMSS Golf Classic

September 20, 7:00am 

Raccoon Creek Golf Course
7301 W Bowles Ave,
​Littleton, CO 80123


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Please join us for the 2021 CHIMSS Golf Classic on Monday, September 20th!

We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton, CO. The event will include a 4-person scramble, buffet lunch and awards reception with silent auction following the golf.

When you sponsor or register a selected foursome, you will have the opportunity to golf with one of our Celebrity Golfers from our growing list of CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Directors from Colorado Healthcare Companies.

Tournament pricing includes golf, driving range, prizes, lunch, and FUN! - $200 Per Player

Play some golf, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, and Get Registered Today!

Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to crowning our foursome champions this year.


7:00-7:45 AM - Check in | Registration | Networking | Driving Range & Putting Practice
8:00 AM - In your cart for welcome from Title Sponsors & Tournament Instructions
8:30 AM - Tournament will begin!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Information

You can be invoiced by Raina from Golf TLC, or you can simply provide payment on the site. Raina can be reached at Raina@golftlc.com. Feel free to contact Steve Bell, HIMSS Colorado Golf Chair, at steveb@sentinelone.com or 303-917-4530.


We have an exciting calendar of events scheduled for our 2021-2022 term.  Please Save the Date and look for emails from colorado.info@himsschapter.org for registration.

HIMSS Colorado Chapter Annual Event Calendar

2nd Tuesdays are Webinars or Pop-up/Opportunity Events
4th Thursdays are Limited Events (exception, Full Day Events on Fridays)




HIMSS Global Conference Membership Appreciation


August 11, Wed, 4-6pm (Las Vegas)
Happy Hour in Booth 2451– (NetApp)


New “Year” Social


August 25


Golf Classic

September 20 – Racoon Creek (Littleton)

Golf Classic Registration

September 29


Scholarship – Applications open



Fall Education Event

October 1


October 27


Advocacy Health Equity Week

October 25-29

TBD by National

Holiday Party/ Social


December 2


December 1


Informatics Event

January 27


January 25


Scholarship – Applications close



HIMSS Global Conference Membership Appreciation

HIMSS22 - March 14-18 (Orlando) – Sponsor TBD

HIMSS23 - April 17-21 (Chicago) – Sponsor TBD

Advocacy Day at Capitol


April 21


April 27


Spring Event / CIO Breakfast

May 13


May 19


Volunteer Appreciation Social

June 9


June 8



Late June

Late June


Call for Committee Volunteers

The Colorado Chapter of HIMSS is seeking volunteers to help with several of our exciting programs lined up for the 2021-2022 term.  Please send a brief bio and a list of your top 3 volunteer choices to colorado.info@himsschapter.org by September 30th and one of our BOD members will be in touch to discuss opportunities.  We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas. Please note that all volunteers are required to be active members of the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS for at least one year to apply.

  • Programming Committee

*Please indicate if you would be interested in filling the role for both the Fall and Spring events, or for only one event.

    • Lead
      • Occasionally present event details or represent committee during CHIMSS board meetings (less than once a month)
      • Delegate registration
      • Budget Estimate
      • Budget Finalization with Treasurer and Chair
      • Program Management
      • Draft Agenda of Event
      • Finalize Agenda of Event/ pamphlet with bios
      • Speaker coordination
    • Marketing and Communication
      • Pre event – Raise awareness over social media and email; work with Collaboration Committee to reach larger audience
      • Post event – Send survey to attendees; write up summary of event and post a picture or two
      • Work with communications regarding what speakers are ok with posting
    • Sponsor Coordinator - Work with Sponsorship chair
      • Ensure sponsors questions are answered
      • Set sponsor expectations
      • Ensure sponsors expectations are documented and signed on
      • Ensure sponsors are recognized at event
    • Event Day Coordinator
      • Location/Venue
      • Name badges
      • Materials for event
      • Food served
      • Clean up
      • Parking
      • Additional volunteer management
  • Informatics Committee
    • Facilitator – find & introduce speakers, facilitate meeting flow
    • Project Manager – help with meeting logistics, budget planning for Jan. 25th informatics session
    • Communications/Marketing – for presentations/collateral development
  • Sponsorship Committee
    • Lead
      • Develop Program with Committee
      • Work with other Committees for cross pollination, e.g., Advocacy, Collaboration, Membership, Outreach
    • Marketing and Communication
      • Pre event – Raise awareness and Collaboration with Communications Committee to reach larger audience
      • Post event – review to make sure sponsors needs are met
    • Sponsor Coordinator - Work with Sponsorship chair
      • Ensure sponsors questions are answered
      • Set sponsor expectations
      • Ensure sponsors expectations are documented and signed on
      • Ensure sponsors are recognized at event
    • Golf Tournament Committee Team Members
      • Assist with getting sponsorships
      • Messaging to members
      • Drive participation
      • Additional volunteer management
  • Academic and Professional Development Committee
    • Academic Committee Lead
      • The Academic Lead will work with the Academic/Professional Development Chair to develop and implement student-focused programming, to increase student membership, and manage the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS’ scholarship program.
      • Professional Development Lead will work with the Academic/Professional Development Chair to develop and implement professional development opportunities including the CPHIMS and CAHIMS certification program and assist with managing CEU/CME/CNE opportunities for the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS.
      • Committee Members – these do not need to be specific to Academic or PD. Committee members will provide support to committee leads.
  • Advocacy Committee
    • Advocacy Lead
      • Develop relationships with Colorado Congressional Members, State and local elected officials and staff
      • Help participate in monthly National roundtable conference calls (Chapter Advocate Liaison Roundtable or CALR), disseminate pertinent information to the Chapter Board and members on National issues, and improve communication within the Chapter around Advocacy issues.
        Help develop relationships with the staffs of state and local (trade) associations who might have similar policy / legislative priorities (e.g., hospital, medical, software, HFMA, etc.).
      • Organize visits to the State Capitol and other avenues of frequent communication with state and federal elected officials.
    • Advocacy Day and Webinars
      • Develop relationships with Colorado Congressional Members, State and local elected officials and staff
      • Coordinate CHIMSS Advocacy Day and Webinars
      • Facilitate recruiting speakers and Legislators to participate
      • Secure Advocacy Day location
      • Work with CHIMSS Program Chair on details of Advocacy Day - location, food, etc.
      • Work with CHIMSS Sponsorship Chair to procure sponsors for the events
      • Work with CHIMSS Communication Chair to market the upcoming activities
    • Legislator outreach
      • Develop relationships with Colorado Congressional Members, State and local elected officials and staff
      • Coordinate Legislative outreach communication through emails and social media
      • Review upcoming legislative bills related to Health IT
      • Coordinate HIMSS national policy drives with state activities
  • Communications Committee
    • Social Media
      • Manage Linked-in and Twitter for the Chapter
    • Newsletter
      • Coordinate content for Seasonal Newsletter
    • Website & Mailings
      • Coordinate website updates
      • Support BOD with event notification/reminders (Eventbrite, Constant Contact
  • Membership Committee
    • Event Coordinator
      • Draft event invitations and reminders (Eventbrite, Constant Contact)
      • Partner with Sponsorship team to engage chapter sponsors
      • Secure space for events
      • Create and manage event budget
    • Membership Liaison
      • Engage with Organizational Affiliate (OA) leads to ensure membership lists is up to date
      • Gather feedback from OA members about chapter events

2021-2022 BOD Members

Welcome to our 2021-2022 Volunteer Board of Directors

  • Scott Raymond, President
  • MariJo Rugh, President Elect
  • Sarah Sample-Reif, Past President
  • Carolyn Singer, Sponsorship Chair
  • Breanna Wong, Programs Chair
  • Brian Levy, MD, Advocacy Chair
  • Jackie Luchsinger, Informatics Chair
  • Rachel K. Rogers, MS, BSN, RN-BC, Academics and Scholarship Chair
  • Elizabeth Brumbaugh, PMP, Membership Chair
  • Rob Wissenbach, Outreach Chair
  • Rich Morris, Collaboration Chair
  • Jami Craig, Treasurer
  • Bonny Roberts, Secretary
  • Holly Hockemeier, Communications Chair
  • Patrick Guffey, MD, Physician Member at Large
  • Bobbie Kite, PhD, Member at Large
  • Minal Patel, Member at Large
  • Steve Bell, Member at Large - Golf Tournament Chair

Membership Corner

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    • Join the Group "HIMSS Colorado Chapter" to stay up to date
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Bylaw Changes

There has been a change to the bylaws to revise the terms of several positions that are in alignment with other chapters and to ensure that the board will not transition in full every two years. If there is any opposition to this modification, please send an email to colorado.info@himsschapter.org stating your concerns.

We would be happy to provide a copy of the Colorado Chapter Bylaws upon request. 

Call for Speakers

The Colorado Chapter of HIMSS is looking for passionate and engaging speakers to present at events over the next year. Are you interested in speaking? Or do you know someone who would make a great speaker? We are accepting speaker submissions now! To submit, please complete this form and email to colorado.info@himsschapter.org.


CHIMSS encourages sponsors from the vendor and consulting community to defer the cost of the chapter’s programs.

For more information on sponsorship of the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS, please email: colorado.info@himsschapter.org