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New Judges Added to Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame Board of Judges

by Farrah Hunt | May 26, 2015
The Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame (HIHOF) is pleased to announce 4 new judges have been added to the Board of Judges. The new additions replace 4 departing judges who have fulfilled their terms of service.

The HIHOF Panel of Judges is comprised of individuals with a history of distinguished accomplishments in the healthcare internet marketing industry. The new judges are:

• Ed Bennett: Ed is the Director of Web & Communications Technology at the University of Maryland Medical System and is responsible for all aspects of their Web program.

During his 16 years at UMMS, Ed has led the hospital industry with many Web "firsts," but his most important and enduring contribution is clearly understanding what patients and caregivers want from a hospital Web site.  Ed also founded the Hospital Social Network List - a resource that tracks the social media activities of U.S. hospitals. An active member of the Health Care Social Media community, Ed was on the first external advisory board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He was also inducted into the 2012 Internet Healthcare Hall of Fame.
While at home on Twitter and Facebook, Ed's favorite networking tool is the telephone. 

• Dan Rench R.N., M.S., M.B.A.: Dan is an innovator in the Indianapolis healthcare market and has directed multidisciplinary digital services teams in three of the largest healthcare systems in Indiana over the past 16 years. Among his innovative accomplishments are: the nation’s first R.N. live chat service; one of the first iOS mobile apps for medication adherence and real-time urgent care appointment scheduling via Smartphone. Teams that he has lead have received awards and been published for over 10 years by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends and Hospital and Health Networks magazine.  Currently he is the System Manager for Digital Services with St. Vincent, an Ascension ministry.  He is responsible for digital strategy, digital marketing technology and online consumer engagement for 22 ministries in Indiana.

Dan holds bachelors and masters degrees from Ball State University, in addition to a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, with an emphasis on ebusiness and information technology solution development.

• Myra Salinas: Myra has over 10 years of Web and digital experience and almost 20 years of business and technical experience.  She has worked in multiple industries including financial services, entertainment and healthcare. Myra is currently the Senior Director of the Web Center at Scripps Health in San Diego, where she manages a digital business and technical cross-functional team including product management, project management, content strategy, digital marketing, product management, software development, operations and support for all online, mobile, marketing and social media initiatives.  

Prior to Scripps Health, Myra worked at Blue Shield of California as a Director of eBusiness managing a cross-functional team in charge of their member (consumer) and provider portals.  

Myra received her MBA from USC Marshall School of Business and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.

• James Yanek: James is the Director of Web Strategy at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He leads the development and execution of digital strategy related to content, design, online marketing/SEM, SEO, e-newsletters and analytics.  In addition, his team also manages online philanthropy initiatives that support the CHOP Foundation. Prior to joining CHOP, James was Director of Interactive Marketing for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where he oversaw both online and offline marketing efforts. He has also served in several digital product development and marketing roles at Thomson Peterson’s. 

The full board of judges is now planning for the nomination process for the 2015 Class of Inductees, who will be announced in November at the Healthcare Internet Conference in Orlando. Nominations for the 2015 class of Inductees opens June 1. For more information on nominating a candidate for Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame, please visit http://www.hihof.com/candidates-for-induction/candidate-criteria