New CEO named for Porter Health Care System

2014-02-27T15:00:00Z 2014-02-28T09:41:06Z New CEO named for Porter Health Care SystemTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 27, 2014 3:00 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A hospital executive with experience in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky has been named CEO of Porter Health Care System.

The Board of Directors for the health care system announced Thursday that Stephen Lunn will take over the top position March 24.

“I look forward to joining the dedicated physicians, employees and volunteers at Porter Health Care System and supporting their work to provide the Northwest Indiana community with high quality care,” Lunn said in a news release. “Porter Health Care System is an important resource for this area. I’m honored to join this hospital team.”

Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities that serve Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties. 

Lunn replaces Jonathan Nalli, who stepped down in January after 6 1/2 years as CEO. He left to lead Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health.

Since 2011, Lunn, who earned a bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, has served as CEO of Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill.

Under his leadership, Heartland Regional improved patient care by reaching its highest-ever quality scores, according to a news release.

The hospital also recruited a record number of new physicians, acquired five physician practices and was recognized for increased physician and employee satisfaction. Lunn’s achievements earned him the 2012 CEO Excellence in Leadership Award from Community Health Systems.

“We are delighted to name Stephen as Porter’s new CEO,” said Dave Rose, chairman of the Porter Health Care System Board of Directors. “As an experienced health care executive, Stephen has a thorough understanding of the transforming health care marketplace. We look forward to his leadership to build upon Porter’s mission of providing quality, patient-centered care and enhancing its role as a vital asset in our community.”

Before working at Heartland Regional, Lunn was CEO of Moberly Regional Medical Center in Missouri and CEO of Parkway Regional Hospital in Kentucky.

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