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April Mentorship Event

April 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women In Defense invites you to a mentorship event featuring Ms. Helen Thompson, founder of the RockWood Group and a former Naval Commander, on April 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Ledges Clubhouse.

During this event, Helen will share her inspiring journey from becoming a Naval Commander to a business owner.

Ms. Thompson has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in the commercial and military healthcare across various levels of care, including acute, ambulatory, sub-acute, behavioral and long-term care in academic, community and critical access settings as well as payers. She is a recognized thought leader in healthcare informatics as a chief information officer (CIO), leadership coach, consultant, author and international speaker.

Ms. Thompson has successfully championed, designed and led the implementation of the clinical information systems to support excellent patient care and served as an advocate for using information technology in the clinical setting. During her career, Ms. Thompson assisted four healthcare systems with Cerner Millennium electronic health record (EHR) implementations, enabling clinicians and administrators to leverage information technology to drive business value.

Ms. Thompson has assisted two organization in optimizing their EPIC installs. She also established and operationalized three health information exchanges. She assisted one organization to completely retooled their clinical information systems environment using Cerner Millennium—creating one of the most robust and comprehensive electronic medical records in the nation. She was a member of team that won the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award. She has led the Cerner EHR implement that netted 8.3-year ROI to the organization. She has proven experience in collaborating with quality, clinical and medical leaders to ensure physician and staff adoption, developing governance models, creating project score cards; metrics to tracked improvements in clinical safety and quality improvement, business efficiencies gained, and return on technology investment (ROI). As an Interim CIO, she has help five organizations align IT with the business improving the ability leverage IT to drive business value.

Ms. Thompson is one of two founders of The RockWood Group Inc. (RWG) based in Athens Al. The Rockwood Group (RWG) is a privately held strategic consulting firm established in 2012, as a Service Disabled, Veteran owned, Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business. RWG provides our clients creative organizational solutions, transparent program management in complex multi-stakeholder environments, exceptional learning services, and technology tools that support recruitment and communication. RWG’s deep experience with Government and commercial organizations (including VHA and DHA) has taught us the importance of delivering talented professionals that are aligned with the mission and culture of our customers. RWG’s Professional team of service-disabled Veterans, retirees, and dependents is ready to deliver measurable value on the requirements listed in the performance work statement.

Ms. Thompson has served as a Senior VP/IT Advisor, an Interim CTO, Interim CIO and CIO for various organization coaching the executive team and the IT teams on topics like IT Governance, leadership, team building and IT strategy. She has led transformations initiatives for the various organizations allowing them to leverage their technology investments. She a thought leader and published author on best practice models for technology governance with the full engagement of the board and medical staff in technology decision making.

Previously, Ms. Thompson held executive positions at Northern Light Health, WAKEMED Hospitals and Health System, CSC, Medical College of Georgia, Heartland Health, NCH Healthcare System and Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare Systems. Ms. Thompson retired from a notable military career, serving as deputy CIO of Strategy and Vision, Naval Reserve Forces; communications officer/CIO, EMF Dallas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and medical CIO assignments for Joint Forces Command Surgeon, Great Lakes Naval Hospital and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Ms. Thompson holds a certification as a Department of Defense CIO from National Defense University. She also earned an MS in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a BS in Management Information Systems and Computer Information Systems from Winona State University. She is a Fellow with the Advisory Board Company and a lifetime member of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME). Ms. Thompson is a senior member of Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.


April 21, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The Ledges
32 Castle Down Drive
Huntsville, AL 35802 United States
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