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Karla Arzola

Director of Information Technology - Swedish Medical Center


Karla Arzola is an experienced Health Information Technology Executive with 20 years of experience in delivering business solutions. Since March of 2017 she has served as IT Senior Director for HCA Healthcare at Medical City Plano, Medical City Frisco, and currently at Swedish Medical Center. HCA is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. In 2022 it ranked amongst the top 100 World's Most Admired Companies, and it ranked 67th on the Fortune 500. 

Karla earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Masters in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, and has certifications in Six Sigma, Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), Professional Consultancy, and Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO). She is best known for her expertise in utilizing people, process, and technology as the key factors to drive transformation. Her passion for leading change can be traced back to the beginning of her career when she was working at Stanley as a Process Improvement and Manufacturing Engineer, and later with GE as a New Product Introduction Manager. In 2010, she had the opportunity to transition to the healthcare industry and served as Director of Clinical Information Systems, and as Senior Director for Campus Technology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Karla is passionate about developing and helping people; as a leader and mentor she focuses on building confident, empowered, and engaged teams. She currently serves as the Chair of the HCA Continental Division Latinx Colleague Network, and as the Health Policy Committee Chair for the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executive (NALHE) Denver Chapter. She also volunteers her time to multiple non-profit organizations including dog rescues.

Karla moved to Colorado in September of 2019 with her husband Drew and their 5 dogs Lilly, Maggie, Arya, Jolene and Ben.


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