Bethany College Welcomes New Member to Board of Trustees

BETHANY, W.Va. — Gregory B. Jordan, Chairman of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, has announced the election of a new member to the Board. G. Daniel Martich ‘81, chief medical information officer and vice president of physician services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), was unanimously approved at the Board’s fall meeting.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome such a distinguished alumnus to the Board,” said Jordan ’81, Global Managing Partner at Reed Smith, LLP. “Dan is a highly accomplished and respected medical professional with broad-based experience that will be an invaluable asset to Bethany in upcoming years. We look forward to his participation and guidance as Bethany grows into the future.”


Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, also welcomed Martich back to his alma mater.


“I am thrilled to welcome such an accomplished Bethanian to the Board,” said Miller. “Dan has a great love for Bethany and for the region that is inspirational for many. He has also demonstrated a strong commitment to the progressive initiatives Bethany is undertaking to further our mission as a small college of national distinction in this new era for liberal arts institutions.”


Dr. Martich is a critical care physician and cardiothoracic intensive specialist and joined UPMC in 1992. He quickly initiated the critical care information system department to help make important data more readily accessible at the bedside. He was named chief medical information officer in 1999 and was appointed vice president and chief physician of the eRecord — an extensive electronic medical records system — in 2003.


Martich serves as the clinical leader of UPMC’s interoperability project, which facilitates the sharing of patient information from various inpatient and outpatient systems. The interoperability team, under his direction, was presented with a 2009 Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems award.


Martich also works as a professor of critical care medicine at UPMC and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on critical care medicine, heart and lung transplantation, electronic health records and information technology.


After graduating magna cum laude with his bachelor of science in chemistry from Bethany in 1981, Martich attended the West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. He completed his internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University and completed his fellowship training in critical care medicine at the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.


Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.