Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Healthcare System CIO Russell Branzell Joins Healthcare Management Consulting Firm Beacon Partners

Healthcare management consulting firm Beacon Partners today announced the addition of Russell Branzell, FCHIME, FACHE, FHIMSS, as vice president. Branzell was most recently Chief Information Officer/Vice President–Information Services and Human Resources at Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS), an integrated multi-facility health system based in Fort Collins, CO.

During Branzell’s tenure, PVHS was the winner of the prestigious Malcolm Balridge National Quality Award in 2008, and among other distinctions, was named to US News and World Report’s list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals, and received the “Most Wired/Most Wireless” award 4 years in a row from Hospital & Health Networks.

“Having Russ on board our team will further broaden our depth of high caliber healthcare executives who have a true understanding of the healthcare community,” said Ralph P. Fargnoli, Jr., president and CEO of Beacon Partners. “Russ’ exceptional experience in strategic planning, vision and direction setting for information technology will prove to be a valuable asset to our client base, especially as we advise them on how to be 'shovel ready' for the economic stimulus funds to come in 2011.”

“I’ve been a client of Beacon Partners and have experienced first hand their high level of service and technical expertise that they apply to every engagement,” say Branzell. “My respect for Beacon Partners spans many years, and it is with pleasure that I join them to help them achieve their growth goals and to provide, among other things, my organizational performance improvement expertise to healthcare organizations nationwide.”

About Russell Branzell

In addition to being a named in January 2009 as the 37th fellow of CHIME (The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives), Branzell also has the distinction of FACHE (Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives) and FHIMSS (Fellow, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society). Branzell has also served on boards within the healthcare industry including the HIMSS/Cisco Advisory Board, MEDITECH Advisory Board, the MedSeek Advisory board and many others.

Prior to joining PVHS, Branzell was the Regional Deputy Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. Prior to time in St. Louis, he also served on active duty in the United States Air Force, where he served in numerous healthcare administration positions.

About Beacon Partners

Beacon Partners coaches organizations in the Healthcare Community on the development of strategies that maximize Enterprise Yield™ – the alignment of people, processes and technologies. To achieve top levels of performance, a healthcare provider must factor strategic direction, physician alignment, economic incentives and overall market impact. Beacon Partners has proven that focusing on these critical success factors will strengthen an organization from its core outward and improve patient experience.

Beacon Partners, the only firm in the industry that provides a satisfaction guarantee, has offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Toronto, and is one of the fastest growing privately-held firms in healthcare management consulting. Please visit and Beacon Partners’ special healthcare information portal,

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