Lutheran Health Network CEO Moving Up (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

June 21, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Friday in an email to all employees, Joe Dorko, CEO of Lutheran Health Network, announced that he has accepted another position within the company.

Dorko, who has served as CEO since 2010, told employees he wanted them to hear the news directly from himself.

He says he has accepted the position of Special Project CEO for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, the parent company of Lutheran Health Network, and will be working with division leadership to develop strategic and operational initiatives.

Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Hospital, will step up as Interim CEO for Lutheran Health Network, which includes eight hospitals in Northeast Indiana.

Dorko will be moving to corporate headquarters in Nashville. He will remain with Lutheran through mid-July.

“I have had a great experience serving as chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network, and before that Lutheran Hospital, and I’m so proud of our many accomplishments over the past 14 years, especially those that have advanced the care provided for our patients,” said Dorko. “I will truly miss the great employees, volunteers, board members and medical staffs across the organization and I wish them all the best as they continue to move the network forward. The strong leadership in place at each hospital will support continued growth in every measure of success.”

Dorko was named CEO of Lutheran Health Network in 2010, stepping up from his role as CEO of Lutheran Hospital, a position he had held since 2007. He first joined Lutheran Hospital in 1999 as chief operating officer.

During his tenure, significant investments were made to improve the network and the Lutheran Hospital campus including the construction of the Lutheran Heart Pavilion and the Lutheran Orthopedic Hospital, the expansion of the emergency department and the initial growth and development of Lutheran Children’s Hospital.

Under Dorko’s direction, LHN hospitals have received numerous certifications and verifications, including several LHN hospitals being named to the 100 Top Hospitals and US News and World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals lists.

He was also instrumental in the expansion of the transplant center at Lutheran to include kidney transplantation. His leadership was crucial to the acquisitions of five physician groups and the formation of Lutheran Health Physicians.

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