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Franciscan names new CEO for Indy hospitals

April 29, 2015

Franciscan Alliance named a new CEO of its Indianapolis-area hospitals, replacing longtime leader Bob Brody, who will take a new job with the Catholic hospital system.

Brody, 61, on July 1 will become chief operating officer for ambulatory services for the entire Franciscan Alliance system, overseeing its outpatient facilities and physician offices, which are spread around northern Indiana, eastern Illinois and southern Michigan.

Dr. James Callaghan will replace Brody as CEO of Franciscan’s three hospitals in Carmel, Indianapolis and Mooresville. Since 2008, Callaghan, 49, has been president of the Franciscan St. Anthony Health facilities in Michigan City, Indiana.

Brody became CEO of Franciscan’s St. Francis hospitals just after the hospital system opened its Indianapolis campus near Interstate 65 and Emerson Avenue.

He engineered the merger of the Kendrick Hospital with St. Francis, which led to St. Francis’ Mooresville campus. He oversaw the closure of the original Beech Grove hospital and expansion of the Indianapolis campus. And he spearheaded Franciscan’s foray into Carmel with a six-bed, short-stay hospital and surgery center.

“As president and CEO, Bob Brody distinguished Franciscan St. Francis Health as a premier hospital system in a market that has many providers,” Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairwoman of the Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees, said in a prepared statement.

Franciscan Alliance, which is based in Mishawaka, Indiana, will be reshuffling many of its leaders on July 1. The system is the third largest based in Indiana, operating 13 hospitals. Last year, it had revenue of more than $2.7 billion, and its health care operations produced a profit of $211.3 million.

Gene Diamond, who has overseen Franciscan’s hospitals in northwest Indiana, will become chief operating officer of all of Franciscan’s inpatient facilities.

Thomas Gryzbek, former president of Franciscan St. Margaret Health’s hospitals in Dyer and Hammond, will now oversee all of Franciscan’s post-acute services, including home health and hospice.

“Our new management model is intended to ensure consistency, promote the implementation of best practices, and achieve the triple aim of providing better care, better health, and lower costs for those whom we are privileged to serve,” said Franciscan Alliance CEO Kevin Leahy, in a prepared statement.

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