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Welcome to the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of HIMSS




Message from the Chapter President, Andrew Bledsoe

Greetings Everyone! We are excited to be kicking of the new chapter year with IN PERSON events! Our first event is the Annual Conference held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.  We have several networking events being planned for the fall and spring, hosted around the state and virtually to give networking opportunities to as many members as possible. The HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition is being held in Chicago, Illinois on April 16-21, 2023 where we will host additional networking and social events.

Over the past few years, we’ve continued to grow our CPHIMS course offerings. This past year was our biggest class yet, having hosted both in state and out of state attendees. We just completed this course offering for Winter of 2023.

As a volunteer organization, to be able to hold our events and expand our offerings, it takes people willing to share their time and talents. I am very grateful for our current board members and our additional volunteers who have been willing to donate their time to the Chapter. To help the Chapter to continue to run smoothly and minimize the amount of work on any one person, we are looking for additional hands to help. Whether it is a single hour for one event as a greeter/registration desk attendant or participating as a regular committee member on one of our four major committees, we can use your help.


How can you help you ask?

Here is an outline of our four committees, their focus, and specific volunteer needs they have:



Responsible for member relations and communicating with all members regarding chapter business and events. Also responsible for developing appropriate print and electronic communication vehicles to reach the Chapter’s target audiences. Immediate Specific Needs:

  • Willingness to work on a chapter communication strategy
  • Assist with member survey on preferred communication methods


Clinical Informatics & Professional Development

Responsible for educational content delivery to members in support of maintaining and achieving industry-specific credentials.



Responsible for developing and implementing education and social events to the membership as well as broader healthcare audiences.

Immediate Specific Needs:

  • Metro area champions – can assist with identifying locations and registration for regional specific events (Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, and other areas)
  • Identify and consolidate a list of potential speakers for future events


Vendor Relations

Responsible for initiating and maintaining vendor relationships, develop sponsorship opportunities, and prepares annual and event sponsorship plans to enhance member benefits and the chapter offerings.

Immediate Specific Needs:

  • Provide regular communication to assigned sponsors in accordance with the vendor relationship management plan
  • Conduct outreach to vendors as potential sponsors
  • Serve as a sponsor liaison at Spring and/or Fall Conference
  • Assist in the development of standard outreach communication pieces


Not sure if you fit into any of these areas and/or would like to discuss with someone about providing general assistance on an as-needed basis? Please contact us for more information.

Thank you for your membership and support of the Kentucky Bluegrass HIMSS Chapter!


Andrew Bledsoe

Chapter President

Bluegrass Kentucky HIMSS Chapter




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