Kirk Mahlen


Kirk Mahlen is an Advisor at StarBridge Advisors, LLC. Kirk is a creative and results-oriented healthcare executive with over 30 years of hands-on consulting, provider and health plan operations, academic, and vendor experience who specializes in highly successful IT-enabled business transformation. He is currently serving as interim Chief Information Officer at Kootenai Health, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Recent experience includes Strategic Advisor for Commonwealth Care Alliance, Boston, MA; Strategy Consultant for MD Revolution, San Diego, CA; interim Chief Information Officer for Redwood Falls Area Hospital, Redwood Falls, MN; and Operations Advisor for Tria Orthopedic – Park Nicollet, Bloomington, MN.

Kirk has worked for leading consulting, provider, health plan, and technology firms in a variety of leadership roles. He served as Specialist Leader for Deloitte Consulting, LLC where he led a successful Epic implementation for St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, MO and an Epic strategy / planning engagement for University Medical Center and Rutger’s University, Newark, NJ. Prior to that he was involved in the sale and delivery of strategy / planning engagements for Dearborn Advisors, Chicago, IL. During this time, he spent 1 year as interim CIO for St. John’s, Springfield, IL, flagship hospital for Hospital Sister’s Health System.

From 1999 to 2008, he served as National VP, IT (Regional CIO) for Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, CO where he played numerous leadership roles for transformational initiatives and had operational responsibility for 23 local and regional hospital organizations. From 1990 to 1999, he worked as a Senior Manager for Ernst & Young, Minneapolis, MN and was involved in leading numerous strategy / planning, vendor evaluation / selection, contract negotiation, custom development, and systems implementation projects involving leading healthcare technology vendors. Previously, he spent 7 years with McKesson Corporation (and 3 predecessor organizations) in San Francisco, Boston, and eventually managing the New York regional office.

Kirk has been active with HIMSS, CHIME and HFMA. He has published, spoken at national and regional conferences, led planning committees, and received numerous awards including HFMA Fellowship status and designation as a Certified Professional in Health Information Management. He holds an MBA degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA.