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Adventist GlenOaks Hospital honors ‘superman’s’ dedication to healthcare

 Clinical Informatics Lead David Jafri, of Carpentersville, is Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s 2011 employee of the year.

Glendale Heights – David Jafri coordinates, leads training and implements the latest upgrades, enhancements and applications for Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s electronic medical record.


His official title is clinical informatics lead (CIL). However, his coworkers often just call him “superman.”


“I’m readily available and able to unexpectedly pop up with an answer or assistance, especially when an issue needs resolution or a project is in jeopardy,” said Jafri, of Carpentersville. “I think on my feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities and do whatever it takes, regardless of my role or position, to get things done.”


For taking the lead in several initiatives, including the computerized physician order entry (CPOE) initiative, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital named Jafri its 2011 Employee of the Year.


“With all of his numerous responsibilities, David has never missed a deadline and he is always one of the first to volunteer to help with any project or task,” said Bruce C. Christian, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “Somehow he does all this while balancing work life and personal life as a husband and father to three children, including a set of twins and a daughter born just days before our CPOE went live.”


A medical school colleague, knowing Jafri’s interest in psychiatry and informatics, as well as physical, mental and spiritual wellness, first recommended Adventist GlenOaks Hospital to him back in 2005.


Jafri, who has degrees in biological/health sciences and psychology, first worked as a behavioral health counselor in adult, adolescent and geriatric psychiatry and later as regional educator for the Adventist Institute for Behavioral Medicine.


Two years earlier, however, Jafri had become a core trainer of the new electronic medical record system. He then transitioned into his current role.


“Over the past few years, I have had many opportunities to grow in my leadership abilities and project management skills by being able to work with highly motivated, personable and experienced leaders, staff and physicians,” Jafri said.


Jafri’s dedication to quality healthcare also extends into the community. He represents Adventist GlenOaks Hospital at the annual Glendale Heights Family Health and Safety Fair and at the Addison and Bloomingdale senior health screenings.


In addition, Jafri walks and fundraises for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual “Out of the Darkness” event and for the National Alliance on Mental Illness for DuPage County’s “Run/Walk for the Mind.”


Jafri praises his wife, Iba, for her support and calls his children, 4-year-old twins Aryanna and Aaron, and nearly 1-year old daughter, Alayna, his motivators.


Adventist Midwest Health recognized Jafri at its annual Employee of the Year celebration in February. Each Employee of the Year received a plaque and a $1,000 check.



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2350.