NENIC Membership Spotlight Past!


 Andrea Santos MSHI, BSN, RN

Andrea Santos MSHI, BSN, RN holds the position of a Nursing Informatics Strategist at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), a Partners Healthcare affiliate. She obtained a Bachelors in Science from Salem State University, and a Masters in Health Informatics from Northeastern University.

Ms. Santos is also a Visiting Instructor and Clinical Instructor at Salem State University, School of Nursing, where she has taught for over seven years in the nursing simulation lab, and in Spring 2014 started the first nursing informatics course in the RN to BSN program.  Andrea is currently leading an enterprise initiative for EMR/Acuity system. In addition to her informatics role at NSMC, Andrea has served on the NENIC Education and Development Committee since 2014, and is currently President. Linkedin: Andrea Santos

Paula Wolski MSN, RN

Paula Wolski MSN, RN , our 2018-2019 NENIC President,  currently holds the position of Program Manager of Informatics for Nursing and Patient Care Services at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Initially hired as the clinical lead for recently installed EHR implementation this position has now transitioned into the Program Manager role.  Wolski has been a RN for over 30 years spending much of her career in critical care and held certification as a critical care RN.  She attained her Master’s from Emmanuel College with a concentration in Nursing Education.  She is currently an adjunct faculty at Emmanuel College teaching nursing informatics.  Initially interested in informatics while being a clinical super user and then implementing communication strategies for staff as a clinical leader in ICU.   

Wolski is responsible for the evaluation of departmental projects and Nursing Informatics resource alignment, assignment, and clinical consultation in the implementation and delivery of EHR technology. Collaboration with quality and professional practice to review process measures to ensure compliance with regulatory standards both as enhancement requests to the enterprise system and end-user education and auditing to ensure compliance.  Paula holds professional memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International, HIMSS, and NENIC.

Ardie Henry MS RN-BC

Ardie Henry MS, RN-BC is an experienced healthcare professional with an extensive background in clinical nursing and healthcare informatics. She is a certified nurse Informatician with strong process improvement, management and people skills. She has been an influential leader in vendor    design, development and delivery of informatics solutions to improvepatient outcomes through optimization of healthcare information technology, including utilization of clinical decision support with analytics and improved clinical workflows.  Ms.Henry currently is the Senior Clinical  Informatics Specialist at Philips Healthcare for a clinical information system that includes clinical decision support and analytics.

 Ms. Henry  received a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics and Management from the University of Massachusetts and is ANCC Board Certified in Nursing Informatics. She is involved in several professional organizations in addition to NENIC which include Organization of    Nurse Leaders (MA,NH, RI & CT), American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), and Health Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS). 


Pat Rubalcaba RN is the Associate Director, IS Clinical Systems at Partners Healthcare in Boston, MA.  In this role, she leads a diverse team focused on enterprise integration and clinical systems development.

 Her career at Partners Information Systems began in 1991, when she was hired by MGH Information Systems as a Clinical Analyst, where she workedon multiple IT initiatives. When Partners was formed, Pat joined the Enterprise Services Department, and began to lead a team responsible for creation of the Partners Clinical Data Repository. Since that time, her responsibilities have grown to include additional key integration assets; the Enterprise Patient Master Index (EMPI), and the Corporate Provider Master (CPM). In addition, she oversees the SOA Program, which established a widely used means of accessing patient data residing in the multiple clinical repositories.    

The Clinical Data Repository is a large-scale enterprise repository, developed internally, consisting of laboratory, pathology, and other clinical data, populated in real-time by HL7 interfaces from multiple laboratory and other source systems.Pat’s leadership in developing the CDR has given her an appreciation for the complexities of clinical data integration, and experience in solving related issues that arise.    

Pat’s interests also include Health Information Exchange, and its role in supporting continuity of patient care.She and her team developed the Partners gateway to connect to the MA HIway, and the related processes required to send and receive clinical data.

Pat is an RN, currently licensed in MA, and holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University.


Sandra McPherson DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS started her journey to CNIO of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Connecticut when she was offered the opportunity to build and update the supply inventory database for the new 


OR electronic health record at William W. Backus Hospital. Dr. McPherson found that she had a keen interest in this type of work. Soon after, she transitioned to a full time role in Informatics at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.  She then went on to participate in or lead at least 20 implementations in different care areas. She has experience with a number of vendors: McKesson Horizon Clinicals, Paragon, Meditech, Mosaiq, and Ibex. 

As CNIO, Sandra is responsible for clinical content, workflow, redesign, meaningful use, and quality measures. She works closely with the Director IT and Director of Business Applications.

Included among her achievements and leadership roles, Dr. McPherson was the Chair of the ANCC Content Expert Panel for the Nurse Informatics certification exam and is now the Vice Chair. She also chairs the Healthcare Informatics Committee for the Connecticut Hospital Association, has managed the sponsor recruitment for the NENIC Annual Symposium for the last 4 years, was selected NENIC Distinguished Leader 2014, and was elected to the Member at Large position on the 2015 NENIC Board.

Why are you a member of NENIC and why is it important to you? NENIC is important because it brings awareness  of  nationwide trends in Informatics to our local area.  Networking opportunities are abundant with the NENIC members.  Members have diverse backgrounds and work history, it is great to hear others informatics journeys.

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