LHN Board Names Joe Dorko Network CEO
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (October 15, 2010) — In a unanimous vote, the Lutheran Health Network Board of Directors named Joe Dorko chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network. He has been serving in the interim role since June.
Dorko, who has 30 years of healthcare experience, began his career as a pharmacist in Pennsylvania. He held leadership positions at hospitals in Pennsylvania and Ohio, including serving as CEO of Paulding County Hospital until 1999 when he joined the administrative team at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was COO at Lutheran for eight years before moving to the top post of CEO in 2007. During his tenure at Lutheran, the facility has seen significant growth both operationally and from a leadership perspective. He has spearheaded numerous leadership development initiatives and facility expansions.
"Joe's dedication to improving the experience for patients, enhancing the commitment to quality and being a good steward of limited resources makes him the natural choice to lead the network," said Todd C. Rumsey, MD, Dupont Hospital board chair and LHN board member. "He has gained a reputation for being a leader who does the right things for the right reasons. We will continue to benefit from that approach."
Dorko's community involvement is extensive, ranging from initiatives with the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Vision 2020 to his board roles with the United Way of Allen County, Super Shot, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Little River Wetlands Project, among others. He is also an avid runner and participates in races in Fort Wayne as well as all over the US.
"I am honored that the board of directors has entrusted me with the responsibility to lead such a vibrant network," said Dorko. "One would be hard-pressed to find a better example anywhere of hospitals and healthcare providers with such unique identities and strengths working together to achieve the common goal of providing unsurpassed patient care."
Lutheran Health Network is an integrated delivery system incorporating healthcare providers owned by subsidiaries of Community Health Systems in northeastern Indiana, including Lutheran Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Dupont Hospital, The Orthopaedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network, Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Dukes Memorial Hospital, business health and urgent care provider RediMed, and Lutheran Health Physicians. LHN is northeastern Indiana's largest healthcare provider, with more than 43,000 yearly admissions and 976 inpatient beds.