I have spent over thirty years in the medical field as a supervisor, manager, administrator, and a Director. I have worked at three of the six hospitals located in the Indianapolis area. I worked as a supervisor in the laboratory at St. Vincent Hospital and was a manager over three departments in the laboratory at Methodist Hospital. While at Methodist hospital I also worked as a strategic and budget planner. But that is the middle of the story, not the beginning.
I joined the Navy after graduating from Eastern High in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. In the six years that I served our country, the parts of the world I saw included Cuba aboard the USS Boxer, a helicopter assault carrier, during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1963 and a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman. I was seriously injured after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam and after nine months recuperating in Bethesda Naval Hospital, I reluctantly abandoned my goal of a career in the Navy.
After the Navy I went back to school and received my BS in Medical Technology from Indiana University at IUPUI in Indianapolis. I received my Masters in Hospital Administration from St Francis University in Joliet, ILL.
So that brings us back to 1983 when I began working at Methodist Hospital. Soon after I began working for Methodist I was asked to be part of the Supervisory Committee for the credit Union. And, by 1986 I was elected to the Board of Directors. I remained on the board after leaving the Hospital and I am still on the board to this day. Over the past 25 years I have been instrumental in shaping the mission of the credit union, in making the credit union successful and thriving and I have seen the credit union grow to more than five times the size it was when I started.
I am presently the Site Manager of a FQHC Health Center that is part of a Health System called Eskenazi Health System. (Formerly Wishard Health Services) We service the vulnerable residents of Indianapolis, Marion County. There are nine other Health Centers throughout Marion County that service the folks that do not have insurance, the homeless, and the working poor. I have been in this position since 2001 and have come to understand health care from a unique position.
I am an avid skier and member of the National Ski Patrol, I also like long distance riding on my motorcycle and fast cars.