2020 Chief Officer Award Winner: Public Company COO Brian Sandager, Cerner Government Services

Brian Sandager, Cerner Government Services

Brian Sandager, chief operating officer at Cerner Government Services, has won WashingtonExec’s 2020 Chief Officer Award for Public Company COO. 

In its inaugural year, the Chief Officer Awards luncheon was held June 17 as a virtual live-streamed program to accommodate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations about in-person events. Over 500 people watched as C-suite executives in both industry and government were recognized for their innovation, expertise, impact, and thought leadership.

 Sandager has over 17 years of service with Cerner, where he directs health care modernization efforts at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard, according to his LinkedIn.

Since joining Cerner in 2003, Sandager has served as client executive, vice president and chief information officer, before becoming COO in 2019. Through his efforts, Sandager facilitated the expansion of military health facilities using Cerner solutions with successful go-lives.

“Our focus will remain on the transformation of health care,” Sandager previously told WashingtonExec. “The coronavirus pandemic highlights just one of many reasons why health care is too important to stay the same. Our veterans, service members and caregivers deserve the best health care possible. As a nation, we need to evolve how we deliver health care as our economy and future depends on it.”  

Sandager has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

See the full list of Chief Officer Award winners here. 

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