Ed Ricks, MHA, is the vice president of information services and chief information officer for Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C. Prior to joining Beaufort Memorial in 2008, he filled the same role for Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y. Ed has more than 20 years of health care information systems experience, with the last 10 years at a senior level.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
In 2011, Ed was selected as a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld magazine. He was also selected as a winner of the “Game Changer” award by Health Data Management magazine in December 2011.
He is a member of HIMSS and CHIME.
For the 11th year in a row, Beaufort Memorial Hospital was named one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals, according to the 2013 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study printed in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Healthcare IT News ranked Beaufort Memorial #4 nationally in the medium-hospital category of its 2011 “Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments” program.