Brian Longnecker of Rushville has been named Hocking Valley Community Hospital’s new Director of Information Services.
Longnecker has served HVCH for 13 years as a network technician. He is a graduate of Fairfield Union High School and is a self-taught programmer.
“I started programming at the age of 16,” Longnecker said.
He worked as a team leader at Kumler Collision & Automotive in Lancaster for 19 years assisting in several aspects of the business and continued wireless and networking jobs on his own time.
As a network technician for HVCH, Longnecker has helped manage the many connections that keep the hospital’s information network up and running. Looking to the future, Longnecker said the hospital will be advancing its wireless technology including guest wireless internet service and remote connectivity for medical devices.
“We want to make these advances while also protecting our patients’ privacy,” Longnecker said.
In 2017, HVCH invested in its IT infrastructure with new servers, new switches, hospital wide global email system, mobile nurse carts with wireless technology, as well as the implementation of Epic, a new electronic health record platform.
“Our goal is to serve our patients by providing the technology and assistance that our employees need to give them the best care,” Longnecker said.
“We are very pleased to welcome Brian into his new role as director of information services. We know that his skills and experience will be valuable assets to our hospital,” Julie Grow, CFO, said.