Porter Health Care System has a new chief executive officer.
A national search, which began in October, concluded with the selection of Sean Dardeau, who has served as market CEO for Mary Black Health System in South Carolina, which has a network of two independent hospitals. Dardeau begins his new role Feb. 5 as CEO of Porter Health Care System and market CEO for Northwest Indiana.
Dardeau, who had worked for the Mary Black Health System since 2014, said he was drawn to Indiana by the people he met during his interview process.
“When we arrived [for my interview] the whole family was impressed with the community, its people, and the surrounding opportunities both in and outdoors,” he said. “What sealed the deal for me was the people I met at the hospitals. The boards and medical staffs and directors made an impression on me.”
Dardeau will oversee operations for Porter Health Care System, and as market CEO, will work with Ashley Dickinson, CEO of LaPorte Hospital and Starke Hospital in Knox.
Dr. Jac Cooper, chairman of the Porter Health Care System board of trustees, said Dardeau's leadership and experience made him the right choice.
“Sean is a seasoned healthcare leader with nearly 25 years of experience, and proven leadership in strengthening care coordination, operations, and medical staff relations at hospital systems large and small,” Cooper said.
Porter Health Care 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.
Dardeau has held many leadership roles in the south and southeastern U.S., supporting hospitals and physician clinics in Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. He has experience in rural acute care hospitals, large urban tertiary hospital operations and has been successful recruiting physicians.
Dardeau has a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from King College in Bristol, Tennessee and a master’s degree in business administration from Averett College in Danville, Virginia.
Dardeau was active in the communities he served in South Carolina. He was a member in the Rotary Club of Spartanburg; served on the advisory board of directors for Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus, and was on the boards of the South Carolina Hospital Association, and Upstate Employers Network of Spartanburg.
He will relocate his wife and teenage son and daughter to Indiana soon.
Dardeau replaces Stephen Lunn who left to become regional vice president for American Physician Partners in Nashville, Tennessee. Lunn served as CEO from March 24, 2014 to Nov. 10.