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Kay Carr named Main Line Health senior vice president and chief information officer

December 6, 2016 News Releases

After a five-month-long national search, Kay Carr has been named the senior vice president and chief information officer at Main Line Health. Carr has been serving in the role in an interim capacity since July 2016, when Karen Thomas retired from the system.

“Since Kay has been serving in this role, her expertise and guidance as a senior technology leader has proven to be a tremendous asset to Main Line Health,” says Jack Lynch, president and chief executive officer, Main Line Health. “With a wealth of experience working within complex integrated health systems, Kay has proven to be a strong leader in the information technology sector. Her knowledge, capabilities and experience will be sure to benefit our system as it continues its clinical and organizational transformation to deliver evidence-based practice that is safe, efficient and of the highest quality.”

In her new role, Carr is responsible for the planning, implementation and support for Information Technology (IT) at Main Line Health, which also includes telecommunications and audiovisual support. Carr will play a critical role as a member of the PIVOT (Promote Innovation by Valuing Organizational Transformation) Project Executive Steer as Main Line Health works toward the implementation of Epic as its single, integrated electronic medical record system. Likewise, Carr will continue to identify opportunities for competitive differentiation through the use of technology, while managing a highly efficient technology environment that effectively supports operations.

Carr brings an extensive health care IT leadership background to her role at Main Line Health. She is an accomplished leader in identifying opportunities to use technology to enable an organization to transform to meet strategic, quality and financial goals. She spent the last four years with Encore, a leading national health care IT consulting firm, where she worked with several health systems as an interim CIO. Prior to joining Encore, Carr was the CIO at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston for 13 years.

A certified CPA, Carr received both her bachelor of arts degree and a master’s degree in library science from Louisiana State University. She has been a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, and the Inaugural Advisory Board of Hospital and Health Networks Most Wired magazine.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
Cell: 610.308.6675