I don’t remember seeing this covered in any of the local media outlets, so I’m including it today.
Press release from Dekalb Memorial Hospital:
Dekalb Memorial Hospital selects President/CEO
Kirk Ray to become chief executive officer of DeKalb Memorial Hospital
(Auburn, Indiana – October 7, 2009) The DeKalb Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has selected Kirk Ray as its new Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Jack Corey who retired in August. Ray comes to DeKalb Memorial from St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne where he held the position of CEO for more than three years. The 40-year-old brings to the position more than 17 years of healthcare experience.
“Ray’s exceptional leadership qualities, commitment to community and family will serve our organization and community very well,” shared DeKalb Memorial Board Chair Frank Caprino. “He shares our vision and philosophy to remain independent and provide the highest quality healthcare and service.”
“Kirk has had a significant impact on the St. Joseph Hospital and the downtown community. He has been a valuable asset to Lutheran Health Network,” said LHN CEO Michael Schatzlein, MD. “We wish him all the best in his new endeavor.” His accomplishments while at St. Joseph Hospital demonstrate his strength as a leader. Those accomplishments include the construction of the new medical office building which currently houses the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, the $7 million renovation of the burn and wound center, the addition of 10 new physicians to St. Joseph Medical Group and the growth or expansion of numerous new service lines including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
Ray is married and enjoys spending time with his wife Amy and three children. He is a northeast Indiana native who graduated from Carroll High School in 1987. He majored in exercise physiology with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation at Ball State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1992. He received a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2000. His professional organizations and activities currently include the American College of Healthcare Executives, Indiana Health & Hospital Association, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Improvement District, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s Social Services Committee and Ball State University Alumni Association.