McLaren Hires New CIO: McLaren Health Care has named Ron Strachan as chief information officer to manage systemwide information technology functions. Strachan’s role will involve determining short- and long-term IT needs for McLaren and implementing an overall strategy with regard to computer and systems development, hardware acquisition, and integration. With nearly 30 years of experience, Strachan most recently served as network chief information officer for Indianapolis-based Community Network Health, a nonprofit health system with more than 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout central Indiana. In this role, he oversaw more than 150 IT professionals and led the efforts that earned the organization multiple Health Care’s Most Wired awards. Additionally, Strachan has held similar positions at WellStar Health System in Marietta, Ga.; HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn.; Matria Healthcare in Marietta, Ga.; and Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. While employed at WellStar Health System, he was twice named a finalist for the Georgia CIO of the Year award, presented by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. A native of Lincoln Park, Strachan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davenport University in Dearborn. He also holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He has been a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society since 1993. Strachan and his wife, Chris, plan to relocate from Indiana to Michigan. With headquarters in Flint, Mich., McLaren Health Care is annually recognized as one of the top integrated health networks in the nation. McLaren is one of the largest health care providers in the state with a system that reaches more than half of Michigan residents through more than 200 locations, 17,400 employees and 21,000 network physicians. McLaren Health Care had net revenues of $2.5 billion in 2012 and has achieved double-digit growth each year since 1989. The nonprofit system includes medical centers in Bay City, Flint, Lapeer, Lansing, Mount Clemens, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey and Pontiac. Additional health care services are provided at McLaren Clarkston; McLaren Bay Special Care in Bay City; McLaren Orthopedic Hospital in Lansing; and McLaren Proton Therapy Center in Flint. McLaren Health Care also operates McLaren Medical Group, an employed physician network; McLaren Homecare Group, an award-winning home health, hospice and medical supplies provider; McLaren Health Plan, a licensed HMO offering benefit plans for commercial businesses and Medicaid recipients; and McLaren Cancer Institute, the largest cancer care network of its kind in the state. For more information, visit


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