VP & Chief Information Officer, Saint Luke’s Health System
MHC Chair; Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and campuses along with several primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.
Deborah Gash began her career in health care managing physician offices and patient accounting. In 1989, she relocated to Kansas City and joined Baird, Kurtz and Dobson, CPA as a health care consultant. During this time, she conducted operational assessments for hospitals and physician practices and conducted speaking engagements educating health care professionals on compliance and regulatory topics.
Debe joined Saint Luke’s Health System in 1992. During her tenure at SLHS she has been responsible for physician services for Saint Luke’s Medical Group, served as project manager and director of application development in Information Services. Debe is currently the Vice President and CIO for Saint Luke’s Health System. She is responsible for developing and implementing Information Technology (IT) strategies for the health system; updating the necessary standards, infrastructure, and security policies to protect the information assets of Saint Luke’s Health System; ensuring quality IT support for the health system; and providing guidance in cost effective clinical and business solutions.
Debe is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a BS degree in Health Services Management and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is an active member of ACHE, CHIME, HIMSS, and ACMPE. Debe holds the following certifications: CHCIO, FHIMSS, CMPE and CPHIMS.