Title: Shands V.P. Ralph Swain joins NERDC policy board
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Shands V.P. Ralph Swain Joins NERDC

Policy Board

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Last Updated: 8/2/99

UF Computing & Networking Services
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P.O. Box 112050
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Shands V.P. Ralph Swain Joins
NERDC Policy Board


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Shands V.P. Ralph Swain Joins
NERDC Policy Board


Shands V.P. Ralph Swain Joins NERDC

Policy Board

We welcome Ralph W. Swain, Ph.D., an expert in information technology and facilities
management, to the NERDC Policy Board, representing Shands HealthCare. Swain is Vice
President, Chief Information Officer, and a member of the Shands executive team. He is also a
UF professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering.













Ralph W. Swain, Ph.D.


Over the past three years, Swain has been responsible for the modernization and integration of
Shands' vast and varied information technology systems, software, infrastructure and support
services.

His accomplishments in this arena include a total systems replacement to reduce costs and
increase clinical functionality; the integration of Information Services (IS) activities of newly
acquired facilities into overall IS functions; the installation of a 32-office Frame Relay Wide
Area Network; development of enterprise-level functions for registration, clinical information,
and scheduling; and site license negotiation with application vendors.

As a facilities manager for the past 12 years, Swain directed activities including master
planning, design, construction, maintenance, security, clinical engineering, voice
communications, and external transportation for a system which has grown to six hospitals and
more than 2 million square feet.

Swain earned master's and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from Comell
University, Ithaca, NY, and a BSE from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

The NERDC Policy Board is made up of representatives of the largest segments of the
NERDC community. Policies set by the Board are administered by NERDC Director Ron
Schoenau.

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