St. Luke’s Hospital welcomes clinical change officer

Published 1:31 pm Wednesday, February 23, 2011

St. Luke’s Hospital announces that Sam Major, RN, MSN, has joined the staff as the project manger and clinical change officer. Major will assist staff in the transition to electronic medical records.

Sam Major, clinical change officer

With 30 years of healthcare experience, Major has experience in hospital information services, acute and critical care nursing and government regulations. He received his Associate Degree in health science in emergency medicine from Greenville Technical College in 1993, and his Master of Science in nursing – acute/critical care from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1995. He also received his Graduate Certificate in nursing informatics from Duke University in 2000.

Most recently, Major has worked as a traveling emergency department nurse working at eight hospitals in six states. He has also worked as a hospital clinical administrator at WakeMed in Cary and as project manager for A4 Health Systems, now Allscripts, in Cary.

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“I had education and experience I was not using,” said Major. “This position allows me to use both, I love this area and the challenge of this undertaking was very appealing. I am very excited to help St. Luke’s move forward with the latest technology and look forward to the task of helping staff learn the new system when our medical records are electronic.”

Major will be working alongside David Pearson, information services director.

“We are very excited to have Sam onboard with St. Luke’s Hospital as we embark upon implementation of a new Electronic Health Record System. Sam will be filling a crucial dual role working both as a Nursing Clinical Change Agent and an Information Services Project Manager. This unique position will help bridge technology into patient care processes and ensure that St. Luke’s Hospital will meet Meaningful Use objectives outlined in the HITECH Act. We were very fortunate to find someone with Sam’s background in both Nursing Informatics and Project Management,” Pearson says.

Originally from Kentucky, Major and his wife say they are pleased to be in this area, which is closer to their son in Raleigh and daughter in Easley. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family, hiking, riding bikes and being outdoors.

“I’m excited to be at St. Luke’s Hospital. After traveling for three years, I feel at home,” adds Major. “I look forward to teaming up with all staff as we improve the lives of the patients we serve.”