Governor Mike Pence has awarded one of the state's highest honors to Lutheran Health Network's chief executive officer. Brian Bauer received the Sagamore of the Wabash after a joint meeting of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

December 12, 2013

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer has received one of Indiana's highest honors. State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, on behalf of Governor Mike Pence, bestowed upon Bauer the rank and title of Sagamore of the Wabash at the conclusion of a joint meeting of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce that took place today at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne. More than 100 regional leaders were in attendance.

“His substantial impact on our region during the short time he has been here makes this distinction well-deserved,” said Banks. “Brian is among the youngest recipients to receive a Sagamore of the Wabash from our governor and that is a testament to his effectiveness as a servant leader who is shaping the future of our region in healthcare and beyond.”

Bauer was unanimously selected by the Lutheran Health Network board of directors in October to become the network's new chief executive officer, a position he'd held on an interim basis since June. He has also served as CEO of Lutheran Hospital since June 2011.

The son of a nurse and the husband of a nurse, Bauer received his undergraduate degree in finance from Butler University in Indianapolis where he played center on the Bulldogs’ football team. The leadership skills he honed on and off the field at Butler served him well while earning an MBA, with a healthcare emphasis, at Indiana Wesleyan University and during his time as chief executive officer of his hometown hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.

In addition to his outstanding contributions within LHN, Bauer has also represented the interests of the network through extensive community involvement. His selection as the honorary chairperson for northeastern Indiana’s March of Dimes’ 2012 March for Babies, the National Kidney Foundation’s 2012 Kidney Walk and the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Walk were natural choices for each organization, considering the essential role Lutheran Health Network plays in the delivery of life-changing care for premature infants and patients with kidney and heart disease. Bauer has recently joined the board of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Region 3 Works Council, a governor-appointed position. During his time as a hospital administrator, Bauer has also worked at the state level as a governor's appointee to advance the effectiveness and utilization of health information technology.

Bauer and his wife are the parents of two sons and are expecting a third son in March.

Lutheran Health Network is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in northeastern Indiana. LHN encompasses eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds, including 793 in Allen County alone. The foundation of LHN is an experienced team consisting of 7,000 associates working together to deliver life-changing care.

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

Source: Lutheran Health Network

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