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LHN CEO Joe Dorko Announces New Leader of Flagship Facility

Terre Haute Regional CEO Brian Bauer to Become Lutheran Hospital CEO Effective July 18

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 16, 2011) — Lutheran Health Network CEO Joe Dorko announced today that the Lutheran Hospital board of directors selected Brian Bauer as the hospital's new CEO. The addition of Bauer is one of the final steps in Dorko's transition from chief executive of the Network's flagship facility to its top administrator. Bauer is currently CEO of the 278-bed Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He will begin his tenure at Lutheran Hospital July 18.

"Brian will be a great addition to our network leadership team, sharing the same values as those leaders who have made this hospital and network successful," said Joe Dorko, chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network. "Brian built a great relationship with staff and physicians in Terre Haute by being very engaged in the daily operations of his facility. I expect that he will accomplish the same as CEO of Lutheran."

During his time as a hospital administrator, Bauer has been involved with numerous organizations, including the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation. He has also worked at the state level as a governor's appointee to advance the effectiveness and utilization of health information technology.

Bauer earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Butler University. He completed his MBA, with a healthcare emphasis, at Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife Heather have a son, Collin, and are expecting another baby later this year.

"I grew up around healthcare; my mother is a nurse and my wife is an emergency room nurse," said Bauer. "It is my personal leadership philosophy that we must always keep the patient at the center of the care, no matter the circumstances. As CEO, it will be my continual goal to spend a great deal of time on the floors and units, interacting with patients, employees and physicians to ensure we always have the right people and tools in place to provide excellent care."

The thorough search for Lutheran Hospital's next CEO began in earnest last fall when Dorko was named Lutheran Health Network CEO. In addition to his responsibilities as Lutheran Hospital CEO, Bauer will also become CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne and RediMed.

Lutheran Health Network is the largest healthcare provider in the region with eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds, including 793 in Allen County alone. The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is a strong team consisting of more than 7,000 associates.

Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized care through its hospitals, patient care centers and physician practices. The strength of Lutheran Health Network allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians, innovate with the newest technology and participate in clinical research. These attributes enable it to sustain and grow its spectrum of services, and most importantly, deliver the choice, support, care and patient experience that have long been its hallmark.

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