Board of Directors
Eddie is CIO for Methodist Healthcare System (MHS) of San Antonio, which is a joint venture of Nashville, TN based HCA Healthcare (HCA) and San Antonio, TX based Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM). MHS is the largest and most advanced healthcare system in San Antonio. For over 20 years at MHS, Eddie has focused his energies on addressing the clinical and business challenges in a competitive marketplace, through the use of information technology.
Eddie currently serves as President of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) of San Antonio and has been a member of HIMSS and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) for many years. His primary focus in serving the HIMSS organization of San Antonio is to develop the next generation of Healthcare IT leaders that will advance healthcare in providing exceptional and cost-effective health care accessible to all.
Previously, Eddie was the Corporate VP of IS and CIO of Incarnate Word Health System and Santa Rosa Healthcare. Prior to working directly for health care systems, he was VP and part owner of James Barko & Associates, Inc. He joined the start-up consulting firm to manage and develop the health care consulting practice of the firm. This consulting work followed his successful staff work at Andersen Consulting and IBM.
Eddie graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York with a Master of Business Administration.
I am a Texas born devoted servant leader who is dedicated in building long term business relationships with key decision making principals in the healthcare industry. I have been invested in the healthcare industry for over 6 years and I have worked with Payers, Providers and Integrators on a local level as well as a national presence. I am experienced and successful technology professional that has cultivated partnerships with Fortune 500 companies on a regional and national level. I am driven and focused in investing in the success of our healthcare industry.
I have been engaged in HIMSS for over 6+ years from both a national and local presence. I recently served as the Membership Chair for the Louisiana HIMSS board. I believe that members are the core of the chapter and over my year term I grew to understand what the members need and value from their local chapters. I created exciting new ways to engage and share our events with all cities in the state of Louisiana as well as special programs geared to growing our chapter. I attended Chapters leaders hosted by HIMSS National where I learned valuable information and innovative process supported by HIMSS National. I have supported and participated in our tristate regional event that is hosted annually. I have spent a lot of time collaborating with other chapters to learn from their success and see how we can implement new programs to create a greater value for our chapter. My value add for your chapter would be my many years of experience in the industry as well as my collaborative relationships with our HIMSS partner chapters to bring more value and new and exciting programs to your chapter. I believe the HIMSS organization provides a great platform for healthcare professionals to collaborate and innovate with one another and create conversations around trending topics. It is an exciting time to be a part of San Antonio HIMSS and I would love the opportunity to help lead the chapter forward!
Immediate Past President
April has 20 years’ experience in Healthcare IT. She currently serves as the Director of Customer Support for Methodist Healthcare. Although a native of New England, April started her career in Healthcare IT in New Orleans, where she worked at Tulane Medical Center for 12 years. It was at Tulane that April discovered her passion for finding IT solutions for healthcare operational issues. After moving to TX, April spent 6 years at University Health System as the Director of IT Service Delivery & Imaging Services where she was able to expand her IT knowledge. April is a proud member of SA HIMSS and enjoys meeting people from across the continuum of care as well as learning about new advancements and IT strategies.
Dan Cruz has been a Business Development professional for over 40 years. A native of San Antonio, Dan garnered over 35 years of business development experience in the Washington DC area working for large defense firms such as TASC, TRW, Litton Industries, Northrop Grumman, and the consulting firm Bearing Point. He received several industry and civic awards for his efforts in the Northern Virginia region. In 2007 he was recruited by SRA Inc to return to San Antonio and assist in their Military Healthcare efforts. He later worked for SAIC and General Dynamics Information Technology and eventually established his own consulting practice. He is currently the Regional Director for Development at Accenture. Dan has a diverse background with the Health Care Industry, the Intelligence Community, the Cyber Security Community and has experience in a broad variety of technical disciplines, from information technology to healthcare management to cyber security. His has been a member of the local HIMSS Board of Directors since 2009.
Dan is active in the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, sitting on three Chamber committees, and an avid amateur astronomer. He is married to Edna Cruz who is herself a health care professional in the field of Process Improvement and Outcomes Management.
Nichol is currently the Military Health Account Manager for CSRA, a $5B government systems integrator. She has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to helping teams develop programs and solutions to serve Federal health agencies in their missions to improve the health and well being of our nation. Nichol is especially passionate about serving the needs of veterans, soldiers and their families, and the underserved. Nichol enjoys her role within the HIMSS San Antonio board as the Speaker Chair which gives her the opportunity to reach out to the community at large to find speakers and topics to promote the use of Health IT in innovative ways.
Senior Program Manager, Defense Health (Unissant, Inc.): Luke is a program manager overseeing a pharmacy analytics support capability, providing operational support throughout the Military Health System (MHS) to all functions involved in the process of dispensing outpatient prescriptions including military treatment facility direct care and purchased care pharmacies, other Government entities, the pharmaceutical industry, and TRICARE beneficiaries referred to the PASS. He brings over 20 years of experience in military healthcare and management with an emphasis on health information technology, possessing expertise in practice transformation, technology integration, and project management. Luke’s strengths include a blend of clinical and technical training and experience as well as the flexibility to adapt to any environment. He managed teams responsible for the deployment of multiple MHS systems and initiatives including the Health Artifact and Image Management Solution (HAIMS), Enterprise Blood Management System (EBMS), and secure messaging. He further performed workflow analysis and provided leadership and expert advice on integrating IT solutions with healthcare operations. Luke also served as the Air Force Medical Service subject matter expert in both digital imaging and IM/IT modernization. In that capacity, he defined the requirements for multiple interfaces and advancements as well as planned and conducted clinical evaluation and user testing of various two and three-dimensional technologies. Luke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management/Computer Information Systems as well as extensive education in dental care, organizational management, change management, project management, acquisitions, and engineering. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in IT Management.
Marcia Custodio is a Sr. Solutions Consultant with Modis right here in the mighty city of San Antonio. She started her career in the IT Staffing industry back in 1998 right after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Her career path afforded her the opportunity to live and work in Phoenix, Miami and even New Zealand! The choice to come back “home” aka San Antonio was in February of 2007. Living outside of San Antonio gave her a new perspective on life and a new appreciation for this great city. Soon after arriving she learned of a company that had just opened a new branch here in town, Modis. Modis San Antonio has been her career home for the past 10+ years and counting. She has earned top accolades in her sales role and has achieved being in the Top 30 companywide multiple years. She is a devoted mother to her 12-year-old son Jedi and an avid Crossfitter and Level 1 Certified Coach for the past 7 years. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and traveling.
Marcia has been an official member of the San Antonio HIMSS Chapter since 2016. She quickly jumped into the organization not just as an attendee but as a volunteer. She’s had the honor of serving as the interim Secretary of this year’s board as well as being the Sponsorship Committee Chair for the 2017 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference. Healthcare IT is an ever evolving industry and community which she is eager to continue to be a part of. She is committed to integrity and service, 2 core values she learned while being raised in a military family. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marciacustodio/
Lieutenant Colonel Chani A. Cordero is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the J-7 Information Technology and Multimedia Branch which encompasses the Medical Education Training Campus (METC), Learning Education Analysis Directorate (LEAD), and the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute. All Department of Defense (DoD) enlisted medical personnel train at METC, and as the CIO/G6 for METC, she provides IT support for the 48 training programs, 800 faculty/staff & 18,000 students annually. She is the senior IT executive and advisor to the directorate on all information management (IM) and information technology (IT) policy, plans, and governance processes. She is responsible for the IM Strategic Pan and IT sustainment plan for and th principle advisor to the METC Commandant to assess and support clinical information training systems, data analysis, and related medical device integration projects.
LTC Cordero entered active duty in 2000 as a Second Lieutenant. Throughout her career as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the US Army, she has served in various leadership positions. MAJ Cordero has worked in several operational and healthcare delivery roles in medical and executive management including three previous roles as a leader in Information Technology. She has served as a Company Commander, a Director of Human Resources, and as a Director of Managed Care and Payer Operations. She deployed to Iraq and conducted health care operations during the initial invasion. LTC Cordero has served as the career liaison for US Army Medical Service Corps Officers who are dedicated to the IT career field.
LTC Cordero is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO), Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from St. Mary’s University, holds a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Troy University and along with a Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University. She is Level 3 certified in DAWIA Acquisition Information Technology. She was recently selected for the Army Medical Department Mercury Award, which is the Chief Information Officer of Year.
Dr. Kevin Helmrick, M.D.
Maulik P. Purohit, MD, MPH
Dr. Purohit is a physician leader, researcher, and innovator in health IT stress, brain injury, psychological health, and integrative medicine. Dr. Purohit currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at University Health Systems in San Antonio, TX.
In his current role, Dr. Purohit works on many projects using the EMR and clinical applications to help improve clinical operations. One of the themes of his work is clinical operations should incorporate IT solutions rather than IT applications being the solution. This theme has permeated many of the projects he is involved with including sepsis, immunizations, installation of data systems, Opioid data, etc. He has been featured in many publications regarding his thoughts on artificial intelligence and other topics related to IT in healthcare.
DHe previously served as the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) and Chief of Research at the Intrepid Spirit at Fort Belvoir in the Department of Defense (DoD) Center of Excellence for TBI and Psychological Health. Prior to those positions, he was a part of the Harvard Medical School hospital system.