In 1985, less than one month after beginning his job at the Indiana Hospital Association, Vice President of Finance Dave Wiesman and his wife, Nancy, celebrated the birth of their first son, Michael.
“I remember it like it was yesterday, hanging a banner on the back door proclaiming, ‘It’s a boy!’” Wiesman says.
30 years later, Lieutenant Michael Wiesman is stationed at Pearl Harbor and Dave is celebrating his impending retirement.
A lot has changed over the course of Wiesman’s 30-year career at IHA. Hospital business has shifted from primarily an inpatient one to an outpatient one. The hospital environment has become much more competitive. IHA has grown from a team of 19 to a team of 25. But Wiesman asserts that IHA’s mission has remained the same.
“Advocacy was, and continues to be, IHA’s primary function,” said Wiesman. “However, the issues we are advocating for have changed.”
Wiesman’s role has evolved to keep pace with the changing issues in health care and the shifting needs of IHA’s member institutions. Over the course of his career, he has touched many aspects of IHA, including serving as a liaison for six of the association’s districts and managing IHA’s Databank program since the early 1990s and the KeyStats Program for the last 10 years. In addition, he has helped organize the annual Stella Scholarship Golf Outing to raise funds for MHA graduate students.
Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of Wiesman’s career—aside from the strong relationships he’s forged among member institutions—has been his management of the Databank Program. Of all the states that license the program, Indiana has the third-most hospital participants.
When asked about his legacy at IHA, Wiesman says, “That’s up to the people I have worked with to decide. But I’d like to think they saw me as an honest, hardworking individual that always put IHA and its members first. And someone who could organize a golf tournament that everyone looked forward to every year.”
Wiesman will miss the people at IHA, the friends he’s made in Indiana hospitals and across other state hospital associations, and the 11:30 a.m. lunch regimen he’s shared with Bob Morr and Spencer Grover for the last 30 years. Wiesman has big plans for how to fill his newfound free time.
“I’d like to start playing golf again after a four-year hiatus,” he says. He’d also like to resume playing guitar so he can jam with his youngest son, Tony, travel to Hawaii to visit Michael at Pearl Harbor and become more involved in his church.
After a career spent improving health care in Indiana, he’s certainly earned it.