The longtime president and chief executive officer of the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County has announced he is stepping down. Matthew Gutwein, who has served in the role since 2003, says he is resigning effective September 30.
Our partners at WIBC report the announcement comes three weeks after the Indianapolis Star revealed a secret settlement between HHC and American Senior Communities, which operates 90 agency-owned nursing homes in 52 Indiana cities.
Gutwein and the HHC Board of Directors did not say that the report played a factor into Gutwein’s decision to step down.
The publication reported two top ASC executives and three other men pleaded guilty to federal charges of inflating bills to swindle the agency out of millions of dollars.
“After more than 18 deeply rewarding years, it is time for a new leader to build upon our achievements and continue this critically important work for the residents of Marion County. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role,” said Gutwein.
HHC is comprised of Eskenazi Health, Eskenazi Health Foundation, Marion County Public Health Department, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service, HHC Division of Long Term Care, Eskenazi Medical Group and Lions Insurance Company.
“I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have had many opportunities to work to contribute to the greater good. And while this chapter is coming to a close, I will continue to be an admirer and supporter of the employees of each of HHC’s divisions,” Gutwein said.
Gutwein said over the next 30 days, he will work with the HHC Board of Trustees and other stakeholders on a successful transition.
“We thank Mr. Gutwein for his many years of service and look forward to conducting an immediate national search for his successor,” said the board in a statement. “His legacy will be felt for many years to come, and he has graciously agreed to collaborate toward a successful transition.”
During Gutwein’s tenure, HHC constructed the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.