Nebraska Chapter Leaders
Shawntea (Taya) Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM
Owner, ITS Healthcare, LLC
Taya Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM, holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude. She is a subject matter expert (SME) in healthcare compliance, organizational governance, process optimization, and revenue cycle management. She has held senior-level executive management positions in private practices, collaborative institutes, and national care coordination organizations. Taya consults on all areas of healthcare operations including performance improvement, quality improvement, risk reduction, and the shift to value-based payment methodologies.
Taya is the current President of Nebraska HIMSS and currently sits on two workgroups with MGMA that exist to provide feedback to CMS on proposed legislation. In addition, Taya is also a speaker for state and National MGMA meetings as well as several rural health associations. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Omaha and recently published a book with MGMA on Revenue Cycle Management. She has a passion for physician advocacy engaging in several terms on government affairs and legislative committees lobbying for healthcare improvement. Taya's thoughts on the innovative use of people and IT was included in the HIMSS Voices of Innovation Publication in 2019 coordinated by the Cleveland Clinic, and she is a 2019 Midland’s Business Journal ‘40 Under 40’ Executives & Entrepreneurs Award Recipient.
McCook Community Hospital
Derek Sailors is the Director of Information Systems and Information Security Officer at Community Hospital System in McCook, NE, and volunteer on several incident response and cyber security excellence advisory groups.
A self-proclaimed "humble nerd," Derek holds over 15 certifications in various areas of IS excellence including technology management, incident command, cybersecurity, security architecture other information systems distinctions. He has completed programs through Microsoft FEMA, Nebraska Hospital Association Leadership Institute, CISCO, VMWare, Nutanix, and other notable powerhouse organizations in security best practices.
Derek has achieved repeated local and national recognition including being named a “CIO to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review for the last two years in a row, 2018 Nebraska HIMSS Visionary of the Year, and a Caring Kind Award recipient. He is an avid volunteer and active member of HIMSS, CHIME, NHA, NHIT, and NHA among other organizations.
Clinical Informatics Nurse
Johnson County Hospital (JCH)
Jennifer is currently the Clinical Informatics Nurse at Johnson County Hospital. Her role is to make sure the electronic health record (EHR) for the clinical staff works efficiently. She is also the Operating Room (OR) Supervisor, which involves patient care in the OR and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), Security Officer, which involves making sure the employees at JCH are using the EHR appropriately, and Assistant Director of Nursing.
Jennifer started her career late in life. She went back to school at the age of 35 to become a registered nurse (RN). Before this, she and her husband owned and operated their own hardware/flower shop. After becoming an EMT, Jennifer decided healthcare was the career for her. Jennifer started her education at Southeast Community College to become an LPN, and from there knew she wanted to become an RN. When the electronic health record became a staple in healthcare, she wanted to pursue becoming the go-to person for her organization's EHR. Jennifer started by becoming the superuser for the facility, and now she makes sure the software is being used to its best capabilities. With her extensive knowledge of the software, she has become the security officer for JCH. This entails making sure users are compliant with the use of the software and the information available to them.
Cindy Harms is the Systems Manager for Ancillary Services in Information Technology at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC. Cindy has responsibility for the clinical ancillary IT systems including Radiology, Laboratory, Cardiology, Pulmonary and Radiation Oncology. She has over 20 years of healthcare technology experience.
Cindy has a B.S. from University of Nebraska - Lincoln and an MHA from Clarkson College. She achieved her CPHIMS (Certified Professional Health Information and Management Systems) in 2018 and has been an HIMSS member for over 5 years.
Connie Ganz, MHA, BS, RN
Health Statistics Administrator
State of Nebraska
Connie Ganz, MHA, RN-BC,has over 30 years of experience in healthcare technology. She is the Health Statistics Administrator for the State of Nebraska, has a Master of Healthcare Administration and Technology and is certified as both a Change Management Professional and an Informatics Nurse. She has been an active member of the NE HIMSS chapter as past co-chair of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee, assisting with the Program Committee, serving as President Elect and recently co-presenting at a Nursing Informatics Boot Camp sponsored by NE HIMSS.
She also was the Director of Clinical Informatics at Bryan Health with oversight of over 150 clinical applications, developing the Clinical Informatics specialty model that matured into support for technology system selection, build, testing, training, super user development, implementation and ongoing optimization. She has a passion for change management and adoption, mentoring and development of leaders, education, and using data and system functionality for continuous quality improvement.
Christi Moock is a Senior IT Project Manager with Bryan Health in Lincoln. She has worked for Bryan Health since 2002 first in the Medical Staff Office and transitioning to Information Technology in 2014. Christi holds a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and a Master’s in Information Systems for Healthcare, both from Bellevue University. Christi has been involved with Nebraska HIMSS since 2014 and has been a member of the program committee for the past two years.
Clinical Informatics Lead
Brandon Fleharty is a Clinical Informatics Lead at Nebraska Medicine. Brandon is a nurse by background and has worked in healthcare IT since 2014, where he has gained experience managing projects, analyzing workflows and implementing complex technologies to improve patient safety and quality of care. He is board certified in Nursing Informatics, PMP certified and recently received his MHA and MSN from Clarkson College. Brandon is passionate about using technology to enhance interactions between patients and clinicians in a manner that promotes collaboration and continuous improvement.
Julie Himmelberg is an experienced corporate communications and public relations leader who currently manages organization communications at Bryan Health in Lincoln, NE. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University, where she graduated early with honors, and she is currently pursuing her Master in Business Administration in Management. Throughout her extensive career over 20+ years, she has served in a variety of roles and industries in which she’s been responsible for critical business communications ranging from detailed financial press releases and organizational restructuring to highly orchestrated, complex communication plans as well as event planning.
Much has changed in recent years related to communications strategy and tactics. Julie enjoys the challenges that come with working in the ever-changing realm of communications and has kept pace with advancements in technology as well as best practices in organization communications.
Project Management Office Director
Bryan Health, Lincoln, NE
Bridgett Ojeda is the Project Management Office Director at Bryan Health in Lincoln, NE. Bridgett served as the Epic Project Director for Bryan Health in 2018. Bridgett is an expert in healthcare technology and has been dedicated to the field for the past 17 years. Bridgett is experienced in driving results through leading implementation projects, software lifecycle management, and governance structure oversight. Bridgett holds a Master of Arts in Management degree and is Project Management Professional certified. Bridgett enjoys volunteering as a Wish Granter for the Make A Wish Foundation and serving in an elementary classroom each year for Junior Achievement.
Bridgett is married to Eric, and they have three children, Jude, Jace, and Lydia.
Cynthia Arnold, MSN RN-BC
Director, Quality Assurance
Beatrice Community Hospital
Cindy Arnold is the Director of Quality Assurance at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Beatrice NE. Cindy is responsible for ensuring the organizational Quality initiatives; Regulatory, Reporting, and Safety measures are upheld. Cindy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Informatics; ANCC Board Certification in Informatics; Six Sigma Green Belt; a Post-Master’s Degree as a Nurse Educator; and is an Adjunct Faculty member in Informatics at Nebraska Methodist College of Health Sciences in the MSN and MBA programs.
Cindy is experienced in leading software implementations, clinical workflow analysis, process improvement projects, and Quality and Safety initiatives. She has worked in a variety of Informatics roles in Critical Access Hospitals, Regional, and National Healthcare organizations; Vendor Consulting; and in the Academic setting. Cindy was a member of the initial re-charting committee for Nebraska HIMSS and continues to serve on the Program Committee.
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