Michael McKay

Michael McKay

Chief Information Officer

I place myself in the category of “not quite a native Arizonan”.  As a military offspring, home was where we were stationed, but my mother was a true Western Gal.  She enjoyed horseback riding and was a member of the high school shooting team in Globe, Tucson and for a short while, Wickenburg.  My father was raised in Prescott, and I had the opportunity to experience a few of the same teachers that he had in high school before I followed his lead and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, followed by a Master’s degree in Theology from Boston University.

I got in on the ground floor of clinical healthcare computing in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s working for Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.  I first worked as a computer operator, and over the next 23 years I found myself trying out operations management, client liaison, programming manager, systems programmer, and software licensing manager. I returned to Arizona in 1999 and joined WCH in 2001. Since early on I have felt that I had found my career in the healthcare industry and that my focus, within healthcare, is to provide tools that allow clinicians to provide exceptional patient care.