Patrick D. Hale is Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President of VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Patrick oversees all aspects of large-scale IT operations. His experience includes multiple business verticals such as healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail and government.
Patrick, who joined VITAS in 2013, is part of a senior management team that has successfully steered the organization through rapid, continued growth.
Patrick has worked in leadership roles in the information technology field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining VITAS, he served as chief technology officer of Sparrow Health System, the premier healthcare provider in mid-Michigan for cancer, pediatrics, neurology, trauma and neonatal intensive care, which supports nearly 500,000 outpatient procedures and 100,000 emergency room visits per year. He spearheaded this large healthcare provider’s technology initiatives, including a transition to electronic medical records that took the hospital to Stage 6 of meaningful use in a single year. Under Patrick’s IT leadership, Sparrow Health was named “Top Healthcare Industry Innovator” in the 2012 InformationWeek 500, a ranking of the most “tech savvy” companies worldwide (22nd overall 2009 and 16th overall in 2012). Earlier in his career, he served as chief technology officer for the State of Michigan where he oversaw all aspects of IT infrastructure and enterprise architecture for all 19 branch departments, provided strategic vision and operational oversight to more than 700 employees and was allotted an annual budget of $165 million.
Patrick, a noted thought-leader, is routinely invited to speak at top-tier national conferences and events. He has spoken at the Federal Government’s CIO Summit, the National Association of State CIOs, and the CIO Leadership Network, among others. Throughout his career, Patrick has received numerous awards and accolades. He is deeply involved in local and national groups working to advance healthcare through technology innovation. Patrick Co-chairs the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association’s HIT Committee. He is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He was also a founding member of Project Management Institute’s mid-Michigan chapter. Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences from Michigan State University.