Steve Lunn is stepping down as CEO of Porter Healthcare System.

Lunn, who has served the role since March 24, 2014, is taking a position as regional vice president for American Physician Partners in Nashville, Tennessee. His last day with Porter Healthcare is Nov. 10.

Lunn, a native of Nashville, said while he is returning to his roots, it was not an easy decision to step down from Porter Healthcare.

“I have had great respect for the teams and physicians here who provide the best healthcare in the region," Lunn said in a statement. "That has made this a difficult decision. At the same time, I know this is the right decision for me and my family to relocate closer to family in the South and explore this new opportunity."

A search already is underway for Lunn's successor, Porter Healthcare officials said.

Dr. Jac Cooper, chairman of Porter Regional Hospital's board of trustees, commended Lunn for strengthening Porter Healthcare System by opening a new emergency room in Valparaiso and helping the system win numerous awards and accreditations.

“Every leader brings with them a certain focus, and for Steve, the focus has always been high-quality care," Cooper said. "We have seen Porter grow and improve during his tenure with us, and we will continue to stay on that path of excellence and continuous improvement. As with Steve, the board of trustees will be extremely selective in our next choice for CEO.”

Lunn was named Porter CEO in February 2014 but didn't take over the position until a month later. He replaced Jonathan Nalli, who stepped down in January 2014 after 6½ years in the post for a job with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health.

Porter Healthcare System, which employs 2,990 people, operates Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso and Portage Hospital in Portage as well as several other facilities that serve Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties.

Lunn has a bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He served as CEO of Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, before joining Porter Healthcare.

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Larry is the Business Editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana.