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. 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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