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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Long-time Franciscan St. Francis Health risk/compliance chief to retire

Paralegal to assume risk analyst role for central Indiana hospital system

INDIANAPOLIS – Douglas M. Gioe, corporate compliance and privacy officer for Franciscan St. Francis Health, will retire from his position July 6.

His stepping down caps a 22-year career in which he supervised the hospital’s risk management program, computer incident reporting systems and upgrades, corporate compliance, and directed the establishment and adherence to policies regarding patient safety, confidentiality and the use and disclosure of protected health information.

Before coming to Franciscan St. Francis, Gioe was risk manager/quality assurance coordinator for the former Central State Hospital in Indianapolis.

He is past president and has held all offices with the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM).  A graduate of Indiana State University, he has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including ISHRM’s 1995 Outstanding Risk Manager Glen Troyer Awards, and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Health Care Compliance Association.

Gioe will be honored June 20 by his colleagues and staff at a special reception inside the Atrium at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.

Franciscan St. Francis also announces a related staffing change. Cynthia L. Kirchhofer has been appointed risk analyst, where she will manage medical claims and cases, oversee a program to reduce and eliminate potential threats to hospital assets and resources, and serve as liaison for employees and patients on a variety of legal and safety issues.

A certified paralegal, Kirchhofer had worked for several law firms in the Indianapolis area before coming to Franciscan St. Francis in 2004 as a risk management specialist.

A Beech Grove resident, she earned her paralegal certificate from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where she currently is pursuing a degree in health administration.

Kirchhofer was elected to the Indiana General Assembly-House of Representatives in 2010, representing constituents in District 89. She holds memberships in various professional organizations.