Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health Chief Executive Officer Mike Packnett announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the year after 16 years in the role. The health system says current President of Healthcare Operations Rick Henvey will succeed Packnett in January.
In a news release, Parkview touted its growth under Packnett’s leadership, including expanding into Wabash, Kosciusko and DeKalb counties, opening the Parkview Regional Medical Center, and adding specialized cancer care through the Parkview Cancer Institute.
During Packnett’s tenure, the health system says it grew from 50 providers and 6,300 employees to more than 1,000 providers with 14,000 employees in 16 counties.
“Mike Packnett has served Parkview Health, as well as the northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio region, in the best way he knows how – for others,” Dan Starr, chairman of the Parkview Health Board of Directors, said in written remarks. “He is an incredibly humble and compelling leader who has spent years cultivating a culture focused on delivering compassionate care. He has also nurtured partnerships with numerous organizations in the region to help improve community health and access to care.”
Packnett was named to IBJ Media’s inaugural Indiana 250 list earlier this year.
Henvey has been with Parkview Health since 2007. The health system says in his current role, he oversees each of Parkview’s service lines, hospital operations and key strategies.
“Rick and I have served together for 23 years, and I am so grateful to him for his friendship and leadership,” Packnett said. “Parkview wouldn’t be where we are today without him, and we could not have a better person to serve as our next CEO. I look forward to seeing how Rick will continue to improve and enhance the many ways we serve northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.”
Starr says the transition plan has been in the works over the last several years, and the health system expects a smooth transition.