Metro Health IT Head Honored


    GRAND RAPIDS — The chief information officer for Metro Health is being honored by Computerworld Magazine as one of its “Premier 100 IT Leaders.” Bill Lewkowski is one of only two honorees from Michigan for 2006.

    Lewkowski was chosen from more than 500 distinguished professionals in the information technology field nominated by colleagues, vendors and clients. The magazine names winners each year.

    “Each honoree from this year’s class has demonstrated how technology can be used effectively, and often times creatively, to positively impact the organization for the long term,” wrote Don Tennant, editor in chief of the publication known as “the voice of IT management.”

    Lewkowski’s honor came from his effort to integrate Metro’s 25 IT systems with more than 60 different interfaces. This integration lays the groundwork for Metro’s move to an all-digital campus when its Metro Health Village opens in 2007.

    “I was surprised and humbled to be included in the group being awarded,” Lewkowski said. He gave credit to Metro’s “great technology team” for making the integration possible.

    “The award recognizes our innovative and creative use of advancing technologies and also our development of the new Metro Health Village and Digital Hospital,” he said. “We are implementing many cutting-edge technologies that integrate information technologies and workflow with advanced medical technologies. This includes some very strategic partnerships with industry-leading vendors.”

    Among those vendors is InterSystems Corp. of Cambridge, Mass. That company’s integration software was the backbone of Metro’s award-winning IT conversion.

    Lewkowski and his fellow awardees will be honored at a three-day event in March at the JW Marriott resort in Palm Desert, Calif.    

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