Tom Stafford is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health. Tom joined the organization more than 12 years ago after a decade working as an engineer and product developer in the medical device industry. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is also a certified project management professional with more than 20 years of experience managing technically complex projects. In addition, he holds his Green Belt Six Sigma certification. Responsible for overall leadership in every IT initiative at Halifax Health, Tom blends his engineering experience of optimizing processes and systems with his management skills for mentoring and coaching staff. In doing so, he has created a culture that has put the hospital on Computerworld magazine’s Best Places to Work in IT five years in a row. In addition, Tom won a 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Award for his leadership and innovative approaches and was named one of the top 100 CIO’s to watch in 2018 and 2019 by Becker’s Healthcare.