J. Manuel Ocasio is the Vice President for Human Resources at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. In this position he is accountable for the overall human resource functions of recruitment, benefits, compensation, organizational development, talent management, HRIS, employee relations and telecommunications. Mr. Ocasio is also the executive in charge of the legal affairs function within the institution, and is a member of Holy Cross Hospital's Executive Team.
Prior to his appointment to Human Resources, Mr. Ocasio served as Holy Cross Hospital's Vice President for Information Management and Chief Information Officer. In that position he was responsible for strategic, tactical and operations of the technology function of the hospital. Mr. Ocasio was also the technical lead and operation support executive for the implementation of a fully-integrated suite of clinical and revenue cycle applications as part of Trinity Health's Genesis initiative at Holy Cross, which yielded a fully electronic medical record, and has since sustained over 85% of physician orders entered by providers directly into the computer system, a critical step toward increased patient safety.
Mr. Ocasio joined Holy Cross Hospital in January 2005, following a three-year stint at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he had responsibility over instructional and academic technologies.
Mr. Ocasio's 20-year professional career spans government, non-profit organizations, academia and for-profit corporations. He has held positions at the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico in Washington, DC; Pan American Development Foundation (the relief arm of the Organization of American States), national and regional management/technology consulting companies and educational institutions of secondary education as well as higher learning. His areas of responsibility have included operations, technology management, instructional technologies, policy analysis, outreach and communications.
He obtained his B.A. in Public Communications, magna cum laude, at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He also completed a Master of Business Administration at The Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Ocasio graduated in 2002 from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in Maryland that same year.
Mr. Ocasio is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of the Alumni Association of the University of Maryland School of Law.