FORT WAYNE — Mike Poore, regional president of Lutheran Health Network, announced his resignation, effective by the end of May, in an email to employees May 3:
“Today, I want to share some personal news with you. After thinking about this for the past several weeks, I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to return home. … It was difficult to reach this decision and it is equally hard to share this news with you now because it had been my intention to be a part of the LHN team for much longer. But, I believe this is the right decision for me and for my family at this time in our lives and I hope you will understand.”
Poore was appointed to the post in August 2017. He served as interim CEO of LHN and Lutheran Hospital after former CEO Brian Bauer was fired from the dual role in June 2017, following an unsuccessful attempt by local doctors and others to buy out LHN from its Tennessee-based parent company Community Health Systems.
“I want you to know I am very confident in the future of LHN. I know with all my heart that each of you wants the very best for Lutheran, our team, our patients and the region. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you these past two years and I hope you agree we’ve made progress. More than anything, I appreciate the way you take care of your patients and each other. Your caring spirit — that’s the Lutheran I’ve come to know and admire,” Poore said in the email to employees.
According to Poore’s email, he will be transitioning his responsibilities to CEO Mark Medley over the next few weeks.
“Since arriving in northeastern Indiana, Mark has quickly assessed important opportunities for LHN and I’m confident that his experience and vision will accelerate progress in many areas. We have great leadership across our network — in our medical staff leaders, employees and administrators — and I know things will continue to move forward in a positive way,” Poore said in the email.
Medley was appointed CEO in March. According to the March news release from LHN announcing his appointment, Medley previously served as strategic counsel to health care systems and health care investors as the president and CEO for Alee Healthcare Advisory Services. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and group president for RCCH Healthcare Partners and executive vice president and chief operating officer for Capella Healthcare. Before joining Capella Healthcare, Medley served as CEO and CFO for hospitals in Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas while working for LifePoint Health and HCA Healthcare. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s in business administration from Western Governors University. Medley also is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.