Aspire Indiana is pleased has named David Speicher as the organization's first Chief Technical Officer., and Jody Horstman as the organization's Chief Clinical Officer.
Speicher has been with Aspire and its former subsidiary Archeon, a technology company specializing in electronic medical record software, for nearly 10 years and is taking on his new role after serving as Aspire's Senior Director of Information Systems since 2015.
He has been the driving force in transforming the organization into a national leader in the use of innovative health information systems and technology, including cloud based applications, high level security systems, and state-of-the-art mobile and collaboration tools. Last year
Speicher was awarded 2016 CTO of the Year Honoree for Non-profit organizations by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Previously, Speicher worked in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and security industries for Johnson Controls. His work there included international projects in Brazil and South Korea and work at the Pentagon following 9/11.
Speicher is a 2003 graduate of Purdue University.
Speicher said his new role will better enable Aspire to maintain its competitive edge in healthcare information technology.
"I want to enable Aspire staff to achieve more, do it better, and do it smarter than ever before. Technology can help us make informed decisions, anticipate our needs, offload mundane tasks, and ultimately improve people's lives: both patient AND provider," Speicher said.
Aspire President and CEO Barbara Scott said the CTO position was created because technology has become an integral part of everything that the organization does.
"Technology is the way we do the work itself," said Scott, adding "it belongs in every conversation in every part of our business."
Dr. Horstman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and a Health Service Provider in Psychology. She joined Aspire in 2012 after serving 22 years at Hamilton Center in Terre Haute.
At Aspire, she has previously served as Senior Director of Youth and Family Community Services and as Senior Director of Comprehensive Outpatient Services.
In addition to her extensive experience in developing and implementing substance use treatment programs and family and youth programming, Dr. Horstman has served with the American Red Cross and the Indiana Task Force in disaster mental health.
"I'm both honored and excited to be serving in the role of Chief Clinical Officer. I'm very much looking forward to working with management and staff throughout Aspire to better understand both what we are already doing really well and and how we might build on our successes. My intentions for my new role are to facilitate communication, streamline processes, and assist in identifying and pursuing needed clinical services to address the whole person. Aspire's goal is to be a high performing organization, so no one part or function of our agency is more important than another. I intend to do my part in making that happen," Horstman said,
Scott said the creation of Dr. Horstman's post was necessary as Aspire expands and integrates services, implements evidence-based practices, and brings on innovative programs such as Medication Assisted Treatment and Telehealth.
"I believe Jody is just the right person to become Aspire's first CCO, where she will engage the doctors and all clinical staff, foster clinical effectiveness, and advance a culture of excellence," Scott said.