Nashville, Tenn. – July 5, 2018 The Tennessee chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has welcomed the election of its new President, and the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. All new members officially took office on July 1, 2018..

New members joining the chapter, effective July 1, 2018:

  • President, Eric Thrailkill, VP and CIO of Ambulatory Services, Envision Healthcare (2-year term)
  • Board Member at Large, Caleb Graves, Director of Business Development, Staffing as a Mission (SaaM)
  • Board Member at Large, Peyman Zand, Partner at Pivot Point Consulting

Graves is responsible for directing growth initiatives for all four of SaaM’s business units. He works with new and current clients on identifying needs for staffing projects and recruiting services. Prior to SaaM, he was the director of membership services at the Nashville Health Care Council, and began his career working at the White House for President George W. Bush in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and worked in health policies such as Medicare/Medicaid waivers and Medicare Part D. Graves has a Healthcare MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Own Graduate School of Management and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Peyman is responsible for advisory services with key healthcare clients at Pivot Point Consulting. He brings best practices to clients to solve healthcare’s complex challenges and has served as a an interim regional CIO for Tenet Healthcare.  Previously he served as a member of the University of North Carolina health Care System leading the Strategy, Governance and Program Project Management where he oversaw major initiatives including system-wide EHR implementation, regulatory programs and physician practice rollouts. Peyman holds a Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematics and Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is also a Certified Healthcare Executive (CFCHE) through CHIME College.

TN HIMSS and Health:Further are preparing to deliver the region’s premier annual healthcare information technology event, the Summit of the Southeast at the Health:Further Festival at Nashville’s Music City Center on August 28-29, 2018. In the Summit’s 10th year, TN HIMSS will again be the exclusive Health IT programming partner at the Health:Further Festival, providing thought-provoking content, exceptional keynote presentations and expanded networking opportunities.

About TN HIMSS: The Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS is dedicated to educational programs and advancement of health information technology professionals. TN HIMSS is one of the leading chapters in the nation with nearly 2,000 members. The chapter and its members are focused on professional growth, workforce development and advocacy related to HIT in the state of Tennessee. You can find us at Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.