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John Kenagy

Dr. John Kenagy is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Legacy Health, serving in this role since March 2012.  Dr. Kenagy is responsible for strategic management and operational oversight for Legacy’s information systems and services function, supporting the largest nonprofit, community-owned health system in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington region with six hospitals, more than 50 clinics, lab, research and hospice facilities.

Prior to Legacy, Dr. Kenagy was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Providence Health & Services from 2007 to 2012.  He had accountability for enterprise-wide strategic IS planning and line accountability for enterprise applications, business intelligence, IS contracting and sourcing, and technology for the Catholic health system spanning five states and operating 28 acute care medical centers and numerous other health, housing and educational services.  From 2001 to 2007, he served as CIO for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  Dr. Kenagy also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and serving in his last role as Chief Information Officer for the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network in Long Beach, California.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kenagy has served on a number of national and regional groups, including serving as secretary of the Catholic Health Association CIO Forum (2009-2012), chair of the University HealthSystem Consortium Chief Information Officer Council (2005-2006) and president of the Oregon Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (2003-2004).


Education and Awards

Dr. Kenagy was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Capella University’s School of Business and Technology in 2007. His doctoral research focused on health care information technology implementation success, culminating in the publication of Computerized Provider Order Entry in Multispecialty Ambulatory Practices: A Quantitative Analysis of Information Systems Success. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University. He earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at University of Southern California and received the Alexander Cloner Outstanding Student Award at graduation.

In addition to the IT operational responsibilities, Dr. Kenagy has enriched his experience and knowledge through teaching and mentoring. He has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Kenagy has taught at Capella University, the University of Oregon and University of Southern California.

Notable awards include a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commendation and American Legion Medal of Valor for deeds following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and the 1999 Emerging Leader Award by the USC Health Services Administration Alumni Association.


Personal Information

Dr. Kenagy and his partner of 17 years have two adopted sons, ages 8 and 10.  He has traveled extensively throughout North America, Western Europe and Asia.  During college, he had the opportunity to work with computer systems in Italy and as a computer programmer in India.