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Lutheran Health Network Regional President leaving network

In a letter sent to LHN employees, Mike Poore said he will be returning home to Tennessee.

Posted: May 3, 2019 9:54 AM
Updated: May 4, 2019 7:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Lutheran Health Network Regional President Mike Poore is resigning from his position.

In a letter sent to LHN employees, Poore said he will be returning home to Tennessee.

Poore was appointed CEO of LHN in 2017 after Community Health Systems fired former CEO Brian Bauer after Bauer helped a group of doctors try to buy the health network.

Poore came from CHS's corporate offices in Franklin, Tennessee where he was vice president of its Professional Services Corporation.

Poore told employees in his letter he had intended to stay in Fort Wayne longer.

Recently, Poore announced plans for a new Lutheran Downtown Hospital, replacing St. Joseph hospital.

Poore said Mark Medley will take over as the head of LHN at the end of May.

Medley was hired as LHN CEO in March when Poore split some of his duties.

Mike Poore's letter to Lutheran Health Network employees

Dear Lutheran Health Network Team,

Today, I want to share some personal news with you. After thinking about this for the past several weeks, I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to return home. I will be concluding my work with the Lutheran Health Network by the end of May. It was difficult to reach this decision and it is equally hard to share this news with you now because it had been my intention to be a part of the LHN team for much longer. But, I believe this is the right decision for me and for my family at this time in our lives and I hope you will understand.

I want you to know I am very confident in the future of LHN. I know with all my heart that each of you wants the very best for Lutheran, our team, our patients and the region. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you these past two years and I hope you agree we’ve made progress. More than anything, I appreciate the way you take care of your patients and each other. Your caring spirit – that’s the Lutheran I’ve come to know and admire.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be transitioning my responsibilities to Mark Medley and I’ll be working with our hospital and network leadership teams to ensure a smooth transition. Since arriving in northeastern Indiana, Mark has quickly assessed important opportunities for LHN and I’m confident that his experience and vision will accelerate progress in many areas. We have great leadership across our network – in our medical staff leaders, employees and administrators – and I know things will continue to move forward in a positive way.

I hope I will have opportunities to speak personally with as many of you as possible as I wrap up my time here. I want you to know how much I appreciate you, what an honor it has been to serve as a Lutheran leader, and that I wish you the very best always.

With my sincere gratitude,


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