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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Franciscan Alliance promotes Franciscan St. Francis Health CEO to lead ambulatory services

New CEO selected for hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel

Robert J. Brody
INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan Alliance has named Robert J. Brody Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Services for its entire healthcare ministry, which operates 13 hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities in Indiana and Illinois.

Brody, who has served as President and CEO for Franciscan St. Francis Health since 1996, will begin his new duties July 1, 2015.

During his tenure, Brody spearheaded countless expansion and quality initiatives making Franciscan Alliances Central Indiana Region one of the elite healthcare providers in Indiana and the nation.  He expanded the system from a single acute care hospital to three institutions in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel.

He directed a $300 million expansion and renovation that included the consolidation of Beech Grove inpatient services to the expanded Indianapolis campus in 2012. He also oversaw the creation of Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center and expanded cancer and women services. Brody also engineered the merger of Kendrick Hospital into Franciscan Alliance and built a short-stay hospital in Carmel.

Most recently, Brody worked to establish Franciscan St. Francis Hospice House, a free-standing center on the Indianapolis hospital campus that will open in September 2015. 

In his new role, Brody will be responsible for all free-standing ambulatory services and direct the Franciscan Physician Network, which includes more than 750 physicians and nurse practitioners in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

Sister Jane Marie Klein, OSF, chairperson of the Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees, says the corporation is eager to see Brody share his unique skill set with others within the system.

“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 said. “Bob has been a wonderful leader in every way. He is intuitive in understanding what our patients want and works tirelessly to meet those needs and exceed expectations.”

Franciscan Alliance also has appointed James Callaghan, M.D. the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Franciscan facilities in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel effective July 1, 2015.

Since 2008, Dr. Callaghan has served as president of Franciscan St. Anthony Health in
Michigan City, Ind. During his tenure, Dr. Callaghan launched a host of initiatives designed to bring healthcare closer to the community, including construction of a world-class cancer treatment center in Michigan City and a free-standing emergency department, diagnostic center and physician office complex in Chesterton.

Dr. Callaghan began his career with Franciscan Alliance by completing his residency in family practice medicine in Indianapolis at Franciscan St. Francis.  Upon completion, he started his family practice career in Michigan City and went on to serve as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operating Officer and eventually Chief Executive Officer at Franciscan St. Anthony Health.   

These appointments are part of Franciscan Alliances overall strategic restructuring, which is aimed at building a strongly aligned system of care that standardizes clinical and operational functions to successfully meet the challenges of health care reform, and better position its institutions to deliver quality care.

“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.

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