Community Health hires a maverick

August 21, 2009
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Today’s announcement that Community Health Network named Tony Lennen to head its Community Hospital South was a bit of an eye-opener.

Lennen has been consulting since leaving his longtime position as chief of Major Hospital in Shelbyville a year ago over what he described then as “style” differences with his board.

Lennen built Major Hospital into one of the better-operated systems of its size in the state, and was one of the most aggressive promoters of economic development in the city southeast of Indianapolis. As such, he spearheaded the city’s state certified technology park, a development that struggled to land tech firms.

Along the way, he has been outspoken and at times brash. An intense person, he also refuses to suffer fools, and has little tolerance for the status quo if he feels it detracts from a goal.

So, does anyone have thoughts about how Lennen will fit into a system where he’s not calling the shots?
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  • Tony Lennen is a bright, articulate guy. I had an opportunity to work with him on the ad agency side while he was the head of Major Hospital in Shelbyville. Tony always had vision and is very passionate about his work. I think he'll be an asset for Community Hospitals.

    Ernie Reno - Senior Director
    MillerWhite Integrated Marketing
  • I also had the opportunity to work with Tony when he was spearheading the development of Intelliplex in Shelbyville. It was rewarding to work with someone who wasn't satisfied with the status quo. Tony was always looking for new solutions, new ways of thinking and new approaches to whatever he was involved in. I think he will have a big impact on Community South - a very positive one.
  • Tony is smart, creative and outspoken. He has the courage to ask the difficult questions in a group setting. This can mistakenly be perceived as him being brash. He will fit in well with Community Health Network.
  • Since I work at Community, I'll respond to this commentary with a different angle. The great thing about Community is that, despite its multi-facility network, it allows employees from all areas to have a say in how things are run. Our leadership team members will each attest that you never know where a great idea will sprout from. With Tony's expertise nurturing Community Hospital South, it will undoubtedly continue to flourish, and Tony will have a great facility and network to take root in.
  • Having been from Shelbyville. He is a natural leader in the hospital community and a big proponent of cultivating a community outside of the field with the community and it's partners. He just doesn't think about the impact of decisions made on the patients or staff, but how it will raise the overall health and wellness of the entire community. Congratulations Community Health Network. You have a great guy and most in Shelbyville were sad to see him go.

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