Lutheran CEO Tapped to Join New Parent Organization

Tom Miller Advances to Senior Management at Community Health Systems
FORT WAYNE, IN (July 25, 2007) — Beginning in August, Tom Miller, regional president of Lutheran Health Network and CEO of Lutheran Hospital, will become president of Division V Operations for Community Health Systems, Inc., based in Franklin, Tenn. Miller will oversee a new division of CHS responsible for hospital operations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, totaling 14 facilities.

Although Miller will relocate to the Franklin area, he will still have ties to Lutheran Health Network. Miller's advancement occurs on the heels of a merger between Triad Hospitals, Inc., and Community Health Systems, Inc., that was completed today. This acquisition creates the largest publicly traded hospital company in the country.

As an integral leader in the formation of Lutheran Health Network, Miller has spearheaded great change in local healthcare. Some highlights during Miller's tenure include:

  • Facilitated the opening and successful operations of Dupont Hospital (2001)
  • Opened Lutheran Children's Hospital (1999), the Lutheran Heart Pavilion (2004) and the Lutheran Musculoskeletal Center (2006)
  • Reinvested more than $25 million into St. Joseph Hospital through major capital projects, including renovations and expansions to the emergency department, obstetrics unit, burn and wound centers
  • First transplanted kidney at the Lutheran Kidney Transplant Center (2007)
  • Lutheran Hospital named the region's first recipient of the Magnet Award for Excellence in Nursing Services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (2006)
  • Lutheran Hospital recognized as a 100 Top Hospitals by Solucient™ (class of 1999)
  • Lutheran Hospital named among the top 5 percent in nation for overall care by HealthGrades™ (2005-2007)

Miller came to Lutheran Hospital in March of 1998 as president and CEO. He also served in dual roles as president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital from October 2000 to August 2001 and as president and CEO of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne from September 2001 to July 2006.

"Tom is a great leader with vision and tremendous energy. He has led the network, focused on its mission, and has brought us to where we are today," said Mark King, DO, chairman of the board of directors for Lutheran Hospital. "Staff, physicians and business leaders should be pleasedthat he is in a leadership role with CHS that keeps him involved in the network."

Miller has been active in many community nonprofit boards including Indiana Hospital and Health Association, Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Allen County Economic Development Alliance, Civic Theatre, Leadership Fort Wayne, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association and the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. He served as chairman of the Chamber board of directors from Oct. 1, 2003 to Sept. 30, 2004.

Miller reflected on his time with Lutheran Health Network.

"So much has happened within the Lutheran Health Network over the past decade. Our board members, employees and physicians have improved the level of care in the region and together we have built one of the finest hospital networks in the country," said Miller. "I am confident our culture, dedication and teamwork will continue to set us apart from the rest. I am proud to have been part of this important work."

A successor to Miller will be selected by Lutheran's board of directors yet this summer.

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