A major change is coming at the top of Indiana University Health. President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Evans has announced plans to retire in May of 2016. Chief Operating Officer Dennis Murphy has been promoted to president, effective immediately, and will take over as CEO in May. Evans has overseen the system’s growth from three downtown Indianapolis hospitals to a statewide network of nearly 20 hospitals and health centers treating more than 2.5 million patients each year. Murphy, who joined IU Health in 2013, has led projects including systemwide clinical quality efforts and the opening of a $500 million replacement women’s hospital.
Among Evans other career highlights with the system is a five-year, $150 million collaboration between IU Health and the Indiana University School of medicine designed to advance research and the development of treatments for patients with cancer, neurological disorders and cardiovascular disease. He also recently announced a $1 billion project involving the consolidation of its downtown Indianapolis hospital operations, including moving University Hospital’s operations into expanded facilities at Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital For Children.
In a release from IU Health, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said, “Under Dan’s remarkable tenure as CEO, IU Health has evolved into one of the finest hospital systems in the country and one that is steadfastly devoted to providing Indiana residents the highest possible standard of care. The deep partnership between Indiana University and IU Health is vital to both institutions—as well as to the state of Indiana—and Dan’s determined leadership and commitment to creating a world-class academic health enterprise has been critical to our combined success.”
Before joining IU Health, Murphy held executive positions at several hospitals and academic health systems, including the University of Chicago Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital. IU Health Board of Directors Chair Anne Nobles calls Murphy "the right leader to continue our transformation as the preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service."
In IU Health’s release, Murphy said, "I am honored to have been selected for this incredible opportunity,” said Murphy. “I am eager to continue the work of bringing groups of committed individuals together so they can grow to know and trust one another as they collaborate to find solutions that help to improve the health of the patients and communities we serve.”
Indiana University Health President Dennis Murphy says the system is well-positioned for growth.
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