Executive Institute Facilitator
Joel Benware, Chief Information Officer, Samaritan Health System, Watertown, New York
Joel Benware FACHE, CHCIO, CPHIMS, CHC joined Samaritan Medical Center’s administrative team as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in March 2021. Before joining Samaritan, Benware worked in senior leadership roles at Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, VT, serving as Chief Information, Innovation and Compliance Officer between 2013-2019 and as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer since 2019. Prior to these roles, he worked as Chief Information Officer of Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, NY, and Chief Technology Officer at the Albany College of Pharmacy. In these positions, he provided oversight of health information systems; planned, developed and optimized facility-wide electronic medical record rollouts; managed staffs of IT professionals, and ensured security and privacy best practices were in place.
“I value the opportunity to work with teams of innovative leaders who leverage technology to solve complex health care issues. As a CIO, I focus on making sure our business and clinical processes are efficient, to enable our caregivers to keep full attention on the patient. I strive to deliver health information in a secure, convenient way that allows each patient to participate in their health and wellness journey and make decisions with their care team.”
Benware has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Champlain College, a Master of Arts in Instructional Technologies from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam. He attained Fellowship status in with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer and Certified in Healthcare Compliance.