Vice President and Chief Information Officer
At the beginning of her journey, Debbie Cancilla began her career in the banking industry but quickly realized her true calling was in health care. As of today, she has over 25 years’ experience in health care leadership roles that have focused on digitizing the patient, provider and workforce experience. Serving in roles at non-profit, for-profit, and academic medical centers, she has been successful in helping advance organizations in achieving solid technology platforms, creating sustainable technology environments and building strong teams. Her dedication and true passion for health care technology has resulted in transformation and bolstered innovation at health care systems across the country.
Prior to joining Atlantic Health System as Vice President, Chief Information Officer in 2017, Debbie served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Pinnacle Health, a $2 billion care delivery system in Central Pennsylvania. This for-profit system offered growth experience in hospital acquisition, building a new hospital, installing Epic as the enterprise electronic health record and finally participating in the sale of the system to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
At Grady Health System in Atlanta, Debbie served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer where she successfully completed a wholesale transformation of technology, including the replacement of all infrastructure and systems during a 24-month period. During this time, she also served on the board of Georgia Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as well as the Georgia Technology Counsel.
At Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Debbie led the transition to the health system’s electronic health record and served as a pioneer for numerous advanced clinical technology projects.
In 2015, she was included in the Top 100 CIO and Top Female CIO lists published by Becker’s Hospital Review. In 2018 was the recipient of the NJ Tech Council’s Non-profit CIO of the Year award. In 2019, she was named as one of the Top Hospital and Health Care CIOs to Know published by Becker’s Hospital Review. In 2020 Becker’s Hospital Review honored Debbie once again, including her in the Women to Watch in Health IT list.
Debbie also holds an MBA from Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y.