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New CEO joins Orthopedic Hospital


Statement as issued Monday by the hospital:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 4, 2013) – The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network announced today that Kenneth Jones has joined the hospital as its chief executive officer.

Jones most recently served as CEO of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla. He has served in administrative and leadership positions at hospitals in Florida and Georgia, where he was responsible for overseeing multiple areas, including neurosciences, surgical services, orthopedics and ambulatory care. At the beginning of his professional career, Jones was administrator of the ambulatory surgery center at Duke University Hospital, where he was also part of the administrative fellowship program.

“I am excited to have Kenneth join our team,” said Joe Dorko, chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network. “He has a perfect combination of skills and experience that will allow him to make an immediate impact at the hospital, in the network and throughout the community.”

Born in Atlanta and raised in nearby Decatur, Ga., Jones is actually no stranger to “cooler” climates. He earned a master’s in healthcare administration and a master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota in 2003. He also received a bachelor’s in biology from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 2000.

Jones and his wife, Hope, are the parents of two children, Kenneth Preston Jones II, who will turn 6 in May, and Cooper, who turned 2 last month. His professional development and community involvement has included earning a Six Sigma Green Belt certification and board membership on the Clay County, Fla., Chamber of Commerce. Hope is a school teacher.

After a month-long transition from Jacksonville to Fort Wayne, Jones officially took the reigns as The Orthopedic Hospital’s CEO this morning. “This is an exciting opportunity and I’m pleased that today has finally arrived,” he said. “I look forward to working with the hospital’s patient-care team to ensure northeastern Indiana continues to benefit from the innovative, high-quality services this facility has to offer.”

The Jones family enjoys keeping active. Golf and basketball are two of Kenneth’s favorite pastimes.

The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network is a modern, 39-bed facility featuring all-private patient rooms. TOH teams with physicians from Fort Wayne Orthopedics who have partial ownership of the facility helping it offer top-quality patient care. Total joint replacements, spine operations, sports-related injuries and chronic pain are just a few of the treatment options performed and/or treated by the hospital’s highly skilled and experienced physicians and staff.

To ensure a comfortable stay, each inpatient room includes room service, flat-panel televisions, beds specifically designed for orthopedic patient care, spacious bathrooms built for safety with roll-in showers and hand-held shower heads, a dedicated “family” area for visitor comfort and three separate lighting zones to minimize patient discomfort.

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