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Verbatim: St. Joseph Hospital announces new CEO

Statement issued Friday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (October 29, 2010) – The St. Joseph Hospital Board of Directors has selected Eric Looper as the hospital’s new chief executive officer. He will join the administrative team at St. Joe Nov. 15.

Looper comes to Fort Wayne from Oklahoma, where he served in several executive roles, including CEO of Henryetta Medical Center and most recently senior vice president at the 691-bed Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa.

“His past experience as a CEO and his extensive operational experience were two of the biggest factors we considered during our search,” said Don Schenkel, St. Joseph Hospital board member. “We thought his skills and leadership would complement our excellent team already in place.”

Looper is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Rotary International. He is also an active volunteer with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Kids Involvement Network.

Looper received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master’s in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. When he’s not spending time with his wife Sarah and 3-year-old daughter Rachel, which Looper says is most of the time, he enjoys fishing and photography.

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