Alan Smith

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Joining Capella in May 2011, Al leads the company in implementing information systems to achieve the most effective enterprise-wide IT operations. With more than 20 years of experience, Al has worked in hospitals, hospital management companies, health insurance plans and technology consulting firms. In 2013, Al received Capella’s Shining Star Award in recognition of his outstanding work in all five of the company’s pillars.

Before joining Capella, Al served as Vice-President of Applications and Interim CIO for Vanguard Health System in Nashville where he was responsible for IT applications for the company’s hospitals and affiliated physician clinics across all geographic markets. Before that, he was a Client Results Executive for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, MO, as well as VP- Clinical Applications for Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS) in Charlotte, NC. He began his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and First Consulting Group in Detroit, MI, providing technology consulting.

Al is currently serving as Chairman of the HIT Task Force for the Federation of American Hospitals. He is also serving on the Board of the Tennessee Health Information Management Society (TN HIMSS). He completed his undergraduate degree in financial administration with highest honors at Michigan State University. He also earned a Masters of Public Health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Al and his wife, Christie, have two daughters. He was also named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know” list.