David Bjornson, Chief Executive, Southwest Washington Service Area, Providence Health System, Olympia WA (Retired). A hospital administrator for over 30 years and a past Board Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association, Mr. Bjornson has a Masters in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. He now spends time with his seven grandchildren and working on the boards of community organizations like the Olympia Downtown Rotary Club, United Way of Thurston County, Ibsen Adoption Network, and the Foundation for Health Care Quality, among many others. And he still finds time to sing in his church choir.
Susan Bott, Manager, Information Resources. Ms. Bott, a former hospital librarian, has been working with IT and web development for the past six years at Group Health Cooperative. She works closely with a variety of groups including application developers, business owners, and content providers. Susan welcomes this opportunity to share her experiences working with IT groups. Ask her to tell you about her world travels.
Keith W. Cogdill, Ph.D., Outreach Coordinator, National Network Office, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Cogdill serves as outreach librarian in the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) National Network Office. Prior to coming to NLM he was a full-time member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, where he is still an adjunct professor. At the University of Maryland his interest in hospital libraries led to a study with Eileen Abels and Lisl Zach that explored administrators' views on the contributions of library services. He was awarded the Eliot prize at MLA's annual meeting in 2004 for his research.
Rosalind Dudden, Health Sciences Librarian, Gerald Tucker Memorial Medical Library, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO. In 2003 Roz Dudden was made a Fellow of the Medical Library Association (MLA). The award is a tribute to the valuable service she has given to her profession. She has been instrumental in the MLA Benchmarking Network Task Force and Project. She is also authoring a book on how hospital librarians can demonstrate their value to administrators.
Ruth Holst,Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, Chicago, IL. Ms. Holst came to the RML in Chicago from being the Director of Library Services at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. She is editor of the Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries published in 2000. Recently she chaired the NN/LM Hospital Internet Access Taskforce and will bring us strategies from the results of that group.
Martha B. Leredu,Director Knowledge Management, Moss Adams LLP, Seattle, WA. Ms. Leredu has strategic planning, fiscal and supervisory responsibilities for research services that serve this multi-office regional accounting firm, as well as managing content for the firm's internal and external web sites. In her past life she spent ten years as a medical librarian at Yale University and at the Veterans Administration libraries in Washington, DC and Seattle, WA.
Edward L. Weber, MD,Oncologist, Mercer Island, WA. Dr. Weber is amedical oncologist who practiced adult oncology at the Swedish Hospital Cancer Institute for 33 years before retiring two years ago. He writes a monthly "PCa commentary" covering news and literature about prostate cancer and an evidence-based analysis of one prostate case at each two- week genitourinary cancer conference at Swedish. He talks to prostate cancer support groups in the area and is the Q and A "Ask a Doc" guy on the Washington State Prostate Cancer Coalition website. Somehow he still manages to practice the cello for two hours a day "with the awareness that I have a long way to go to replace Yo Yo."