A Michigan healthcare executive will lead St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne in what the parent company describes as "one of the most significant moments in its storied history."
Lutheran Heath Network has appointed Karen Fordham as Chief Executive Officer of the downtown medical facility.
Fordham offers more than 20 years of experience in healthcare operations. For much of the past decade, that experience has included administrative roles with the Detroit Medical Center system.
Her tenure with DMC included serving as president and CEO of Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, a 158 bed full-service, community teaching hospital approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Detroit.
“Karen’s background and tireless pursuit of positive change made her the right person at the right time to lead St. Joseph Hospital into the future,” said Mike Poore, regional president and CEO, Lutheran Health Network. “Her ability to turn vision into action, which includes successfully managing more than $100 million in construction projects during her healthcare career, is just a small sample of what excites our board at St. Joe and me.”
Fordham received a bachelor’s degree in science with minors in business, social work and criminal justice from Western Michigan University in 1998. She earned a master’s in business administration from WMU in 2000.
In September, Lutheran Health Network announced it plans to build a replacement facility for the current, aging St. Joseph Hospital.
“A brand new, state-of-the-art medical campus in the heart of Fort Wayne will be a tremendous boon for our community, both in terms of enhancements for patients and caregivers, and for economic development,” said St. Joseph Hospital Board of Trustees Chairman Jerry Henry. “The investment we’re talking about is a concrete demonstration of commitment to Lutheran Health Network and to Fort Wayne.”
Details on those plans, including the location of a new facility and a timeline for construction, have not yet been made public.