Big Bend Hospice (BBH) is proud to announce that Joel Garr will be joining the executive leadership team as Chief Information Officer.

Garr will be responsible for vision and leadership in the management, strategy, and execution of BBH’s information services. He and his staff will oversee technical infrastructure and projects in alignment with the organization’s goals.

“I am excited to welcome Garr to our team,” said Bill Wertman, CEO of BBH. “He brings a solutions-focused methodology to hospice information technology and he understands the complexities, risks, and challenges of operating in today’s world of cybersecurity and regulatory environment.”

A Utah native, Joel has a degree in information systems and technology from Weber State University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt. Garr has more than 20 years of healthcare experience in technology solutions and has served as IT Director for a non-profit hospice over the past 5 years. He has worked in organizations ranging from large non-profit health systems to start-up physician practices.

“I feel my extensive experience in healthcare will enable me to provide BBH with a unique solutions-focused perspective and a proven, standardized approach to addressing our core technology needs,” said Garr.

Garr gained experience early in his career at Intermountain Healthcare, and several affiliated physician practices. In addition, Joel has provided consulting services to small and medium-sized healthcare organizations, some of those include: Utah digestive health Institute, Ridgeline Endoscopy Center, Advanced Research Institute, and Intermountain skin, Cancer and Esthetics Center.

“The knowledge of those intricate networks and systems and how to properly implement, staff and manage them cost-effectively, is what Joel brings to Big Bend Hospice and we are very proud to have Joel join us as a member of our team,” Wertman said.