May 28, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla., May 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 21st Century Oncology is pleased to announce that Gabriel de Paz, Chief Information Officer recently became a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO. Launched in 2008 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the CHCIO program is the only certification designed exclusively for leaders in health information technology. It represents one of the highest professional achievements in the industry. Currently, more than 500 healthcare CIOs in 23 countries have earned the designation.

"Healthcare is undergoing a massive transformation," said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, CHCIO. "We are shifting to a value-based environment, improving coordination across the continuum and striving to reduce costs. Health IT is critical to achieving these goals. The CHCIO designation is a recognition that a CIO has the skills necessary to be a strategic leader in the organization."

To achieve CHCIO status, candidates must have at least three years of experience in the position, participate in programs and events that continue their education as an IT leader and pass a rigorous examination. These qualifications ensure that the CIO is truly dedicated to ongoing education, an important characteristic in an industry where patients pay the price for becoming stagnant.

"We are very proud that Gabriel is part of our leadership team here at 21st Century Oncology," said Kim Commins-Tzoumakas, CEO of 21st Century Oncology. "With his more than 24 years of experience in information technology within the healthcare industry, Gabriel plays a key role in our Information Technology operations, taking our performance to the next level. We congratulate him on this achievement."

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21st Century Oncology:

Contact: Jami Schlicher
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About 21st Century Oncology
21st Century Oncology is the world's largest provider of Integrated Cancer Care services. Operating as one dream team in the crusade against cancer, the company carries out its mission with the mindset of "fighting for patients like an army and caring for them like a family." 21st Century Oncology employs or is affiliated with nearly 1000 physicians globally to deliver the most advanced, integrated and compassionate cancer care in personal and convenient settings. Headquartered in Fort Myers, FL, 21st Century Oncology has 347 locations in 15 U.S. states and 36 international centers. For more information, please visit

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information offices (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With nearly 2,800 members in 50 countries and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit

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