President’s Letter

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Last month, we started a new chapter in the legacy of the Indiana Hospital Association. As you read this issue of Harmony, we have spent about one month in our new offices at 500 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis, after spending the previous 30 years in the OneAmerica Tower.

With this new year, our move has inspired a renewed energy and enthusiasm for our staff. We’re excited to be able to host more member meetings in this bigger, open space. We’re also excited to be able to work more collaboratively with each other.

I’m also very excited to kick off this new beginning for the association with Bryan Mills as the board chairman. Bryan has a vast knowledge of the health care industry in Indiana, as the president and CEO of Community Health Network, and a passion for the health of Hoosiers. Bryan’s first speech as chairman at our Annual Membership Meeting last November highlighted the amount of work that needs to be done to improve the health of our state’s population, and it was truly inspiring. When we’re all working together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

I have no doubt that with Bryan’s direction, the association will continue to make great strides to continue to improve the health in all of our communities. The strength of the association lies in the commitment of its members.

Speaking of member commitment, we’re about halfway through the 2016 Legislative Session. IHA’s Executive Vice President Brian Tabor and his colleagues at Hall Render, Tim Kennedy and Hannah Brown, work to represent the interests of our members and educate policymakers on the work of Hoosier hospitals. However, we strongly encourage you to develop a relationship with your own elected officials. It is an election year, and hospitals need to check where the candidates stand on health care at all levels of the government. The fate of the Affordable Care Act is up in the air, and we can’t let all of our hard work to expand health coverage for our patients fall to the wayside. When your representatives hear directly from their constituents, it makes a huge impact on their understanding of health care.

We’re much stronger together than we are as individuals. As we work together to improve the health of Hoosiers in our communities, in our cities and across our state, we know that there are no limits to what we can accomplish.

Let’s begin this new year with renewed conviction.

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Doug Leonard
IHA President