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Opelousas General Health System Announces Jesse Folds as a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO

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Opelousas General Health System Announces Jesse Folds as a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO

Opelousas, LA, 03/25/2024 – Opelousas General Health System is pleased to announce that Chief Information Officer, Jesse Folds recently became a College of Healthcare Information Management Executive (CHIME) Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). Launched in 2008 by CHIME, the CHCIO program is the only certification designed exclusively for leaders in health information technology. It represents one of the highest professional achievements in the industry. Currently, more than 700 healthcare CIOs in 23 countries have earned the designation.

“Healthcare is undergoing a massive transformation,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, CHCIO. “We are shifting to a value-based environment, improving coordination across the continuum and striving to reduce costs. Health IT is critical to achieving these goals. The CHCIO designation is a recognition that a CIO has the skills necessary to be a strategic leader in the organization.

To achieve CHCIO status, candidates must have at least three years of experience in the position, participate in programs and events that continue their education as an IT leader and pass a rigorous examination. These qualifications help ensure that the CIO is truly dedicated to ongoing education, an important characteristic in an industry where patients pay the price for becoming stagnant.

"Receiving the CHCIO certification from CHIME is not merely a recognition of my individual journey but a testament to the collective spirit and dedication of the team at Opelousas General Health System. This honor underscores our shared commitment to excellence in healthcare IT and our relentless pursuit of innovation for better patient care. Together, we are setting new standards, shaping the future of healthcare, and making a meaningful difference in the lives we touch," said Jesse Folds.

In addition to this designation, Folds earned the Chime University Certified Digital Health Executive designation attesting to his superior knowledge, skill and leadership in digital health.

About Opelousas General Health System

Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards. Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment. Serving as the region's referral medical center, OGHS is a 181-bed, full service medical center, and the area's most comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology. Visit us at


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 5,000 members in 58 countries plus two U.S. territories and over 190 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME and its three associations provide a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve.

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