HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith to Chair Global Center Advisory Council

(CLEVELAND, Ohio, January 20, 2016) – Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, HIMSS, has been named chair of the Global Center for Health Innovation Executive Advisory Council as announced earlier today by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. Smith heads up the North American business unit for HIMSS, a 64,000-member global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT) and one of the nation's largest healthcare associations. A charter Global Center partner, the HIMSS Innovation Center opened in 2013 and occupies the 30,000 square foot fourth floor of the facility.

Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS

Smith will lead the Global Center executive advisory council that was established by Budish in April, 2015 to help chart a business plan that ensures the County-owned Global Center reaches its full potential.

"Carla Smith is one of the most respected and best-known people in the healthcare industry and brings an incredible wealth of healthcare leadership and experience to this key position at a critical time in our development," said Budish. "Her insight and wisdom will help the council fully engage and leverage the expertise of diverse partners to support and advance the mission, vision, and success of the Global Center. With her guidance, the Global Center can truly become the world's beacon for healthcare innovation."

At its December meeting, the executive advisory council added four new members:

  • Barbara Casey (Senior Executive Director, Cisco)
  • Dr. Martin Harris (Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Clinic)
  • Stephen McHale (Vice President of Solutions & Marketing, IBM Watson Health and co-founder of Explorys)
  • Terry Talbot (Vice President and General Manager, Siemens Healthcare U.S.).

"The Global Center executive advisory board members are not only active, day-to-day participants in the success of the Global Center but also represent a cross-section of industry leadership across the entire spectrum of healthcare delivery, the commercial sector, and education," said Budish.

In addition to the new members, the council is composed of Dr. Akram Boutros (President, MetroHealth System), Dr. Marco Costa (Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, University Hospitals Health System), Craig Maxwell (Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Parker Hannifin Corp.), Aram Nerpouni (President and CEO, BioEnterprise), John Nottingham (Co-president, Nottingham Spirk), Suzanne Rivera (Vice President for Research, Case Western Reserve University), and Stuart Weitzman (Director of Marketing Development and Innovations Programs, GE Healthcare).

County Executive Budish is an ex oficio member of the council along with Fred DeGrandis (Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Global Center for Health Innovation), George Hillow (Executive Director, CCCFDC), Sharon Sobol Jordan (Chief of Staff, Cuyahoga County), Mark J. Leahy (General Manager, First Merit Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation), and Barbara McBee (Executive Director, Global Center for Health Innovation).

Within HIMSS, Smith leads HIMSS's North American business unit. In this capacity, Smith leverages her extensive experience in nonprofit management to ensure HIMSS's ability to achieve its mission and maintain its financial health, primarily within the United States and Canada. Smith has 27 years of experience in the information technology field, two-thirds of it focused on healthcare. She champions transformational ideas that positively affect the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness of, and access to, health and healthcare.

"The Global Center for Health Innovation is a beacon for health innovation, collaboration, and cutting-edge technology," said Smith. "Since we opened the HIMSS Innovation Center in 2013, we've focused on innovation and collaboration as pivotal tools to transform health and health care and to optimally use IT to improve the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to care. The Global Center truly can impact health and healthcare in a dramatic way, and I'm delighted to serve as chair of the Executive Advisory Council."

Operated under the direction of the Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Development Corporation (CCCFDC), the Global Center for Health Innovation and the adjacent FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland opened in 2013 and were awarded LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED-BD+C) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program in 2014. The Global Center serves as a catalyst for fundamental improvements in health and in healthcare quality, access, and cost through technology-driven showroom spaces and industry-inspired meetings and programs. Connected to the Global Center, the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland hosts more than 200 events annually and features 225,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 32,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 35 meeting rooms, and a 12-acre green roof with spectacular views of Lake Erie.

In 2013, SMG, the nation's largest and most experienced convention center and facility management firm, assumed management operations for the Global Center for Health Innovation and the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland. SMG manages more than 230 facilities throughout the world, including convention centers, arenas, theaters and performance venues, stadiums, and equestrian centers. Founded in 1977, SMG is the industry leader in exhibition venues throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean and brings experience and significant connections to national conventions and trade shows within the convention industry.


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January 20, 2016

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