Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Kirk Larson joined Children’s Hospital Central California in November 2010 as vice president and chief information officer. Larson came to Children’s from Natividad Medical Center – a county-owned public safety net hospital – in Salinas, Calif., where he served as chief information officer.
With nearly a decade of management experience, Larson brings a wealth of knowledge to Children’s. He has held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including senior managing consultant, healthcare consulting, and senior manager, service and support, for Cerner Corporation, a leader in the healthcare information systems industry and the largest healthcare consultancy in the world, in Kansas City, Mo.
Larson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He especially enjoys mentoring and helping others. He served as a facilitator/trainer for newly promoted managers, team leads and emerging leaders at Cerner Corporation, and received the Sequoia Award for outstanding mentoring from Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he worked as a senior consultant, advanced technology group, in Chicago, Ill. In addition, he volunteered as a counselor for gifted youth students at Purdue University for 16 consecutive summers in West Lafayette, Ind.
Larson earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics magna cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He received dual degrees in master of health services administration (MHSA), health management and policy, and master of business administration (MBA), finance and corporate strategy, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Larson completed his MBA internship as a health business associate at Medco Health Solutions, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, in Franklin Lakes, N.J. He did his MHSA internship as a hospital administrative resident at NorthShore University HealthSystem, a nationally recognized “Top 100 Hospital” and “Top 15 Teaching Hospital” in Evanston, Ill.