Get to Know Regional Leader Chris Nemets, MSN, RN, CNML

We want to help you get to know our regional and hospital leaders better. We are showcasing short introduction videos and responses to questions that highlight who these leaders are, where they came from, and what their priorities are as part of the regional and local structure of University of Michigan Health. And you may learn a surprising fact or two about them!

Our next profile is on Chris Nemets, MSN, RN, CNML, regional chief nursing informatics officer. See her video below. 

How would you summarize your new position?
In my new role as regional chief nursing informatics officer, (CNIO) I will provide strategic vision and leadership across the region to drive transformation in health care delivery using data, information technology, knowledge, and vision. The CNIO is positioned to lead critical initiatives that influence improved clinical efficiencies as well as operational, financial, and quality outcomes. Through distinctive skills that combine clinical and technical knowledge, along with expertise in informatics, this role has the operational and leadership skills to provide direction for innovation focused on safety, quality, and efficiency. This role will also partner with Michigan Medicine’s CNIO to develop strategies across the University of Michigan Health System. 

What are your top three goals for the region or the hospital? 

  • To establish the first regional office of clinical informatics. This office would be a hub to bring together people, process and technology to drive clinical innovation by leveraging data analytics and technology.
  • Develop and align digital health strategy and a roadmap across the region. This roadmap will help the region to innovate digitally and bring new opportunities to our community and team members.
  • Align clinical tools and the usage of these tools to gain efficiencies that drive quality care.

What is one thing you've learned about Sparrow and/or University of Michigan Health West that surprised you?
One thing that I learned about UM Health-West HITS (Health Information Technology & Services) department is how innovative and nimble they are. We complement each other well with our legacy strengths.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I am looking forward to developing relationships and bringing the HITS team members together to become one of the reasons why patients choose UM Health-Sparrow and UM Health-West. I want to connect HITS to a greater understanding of how our roles are part of the care team and how our innovations change lives. Our motto is: “Love HITS when a plan comes together!”

Where is your favorite place in Michigan to vacation?
Higgins Lake: My husband and I own a cottage there. It is far enough away that it provides me with relaxation and the ability to enjoy the outdoors.

What book or movie did you last read or watch?
Last Book: Re-read Who Moved My Cheese

Last Movie:
Barbie - great message, very humorous, and it’s Barbie!!

Anything else, either personal or professional, that you’d like to add?
I have been at Sparrow for over 28 years and seen a lot of changes big and small.  With each change it has afforded me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.  I am very excited with this next chapter in my journey with the integration with University of Michigan Health.