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Brian Bauer
Title: CEO of Lutheran Health Network and Lutheran Hospital
Age: 32
Hometown: Terre Haute
Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance from Butler University and a master’s in business administration with a health care emphasis from Indiana Wesleyan University
Family: Married to Heather, father of two sons with a third child due in March
Fun fact: Played center on the Butler Bulldogs’ football team

Lutheran Health hires CEO; selection assumed post on interim basis since June


When Brian Bauer was in junior high, his mother enrolled in nursing school.

Elaine Bauer went on to become a surgical recovery room nurse. Her son went on to earn an MBA with a specialty in health care administration. Oh, and he married an emergency room nurse.

It’s safe to say the Bauer family knows a bit about caring for patients.

That’s the background Brian Bauer is relying on as he accepts the CEO position with Lutheran Health Network. He’s held the job on an interim basis since June, when his predecessor, Joe Dorko, announced plans to become a special projects CEO for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corp., Lutheran’s parent company.

The network’s board made the announcement Friday.

Bauer, who was hired in June 2011 to be CEO of Lutheran Hospital, will continue in that capacity as well.

Dr. Mark King, chairman of the board, cited Bauer’s leadership skills and ability to connect with patients, staff and community leaders as reasons for the unanimous decision. Those personal relationships have helped encourage people to view health care in new ways, King said in a statement.

“His desire to expand access for patients to the highest level of care is matched by his desire to communicate how vitally important Lutheran Health Network is to the economic well-being of the region,” King said. “Under Brian’s leadership, a significant number of minds and doors are being reopened.”

Bauer’s community involvement includes acting as honorary chairman for northeastern Indiana’s March of Dimes’ 2012 March for Babies, the National Kidney Foundation’s 2012 Kidney Walk and the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Walk.

He recently joined Greater Fort Wayne Inc.’s board and was appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to the Region 3 Works Council.

Despite his numerous commitments, Bauer is excited by the added opportunity to serve patients and the community.

“My focus,” he said, “will be on always improving the quality of care we deliver.”