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Community Health Network names new president for its North Region

For release on July 16, 2015

Healthcare administrator with more than 25 years of experience will take the reins August 17

Indianapolis, IN—Community Health Network has hired an experienced healthcare administrator as the new president of Community’s North Region, home to Community Hospital North and Community Heart and Vascular Hospital. Kathleen R. Krusie will start this position August 17, replacing the role of Jason Fahrlander, who was promoted to president of acute care services for the network.

“Kathleen is a proven healthcare leader, who can help guide the future of Community’s fast-growing North Region,” said Fahrlander. “As the network continues its focus on delivering exceptional care and the best possible patient experience, she brings a successful background in those areas to our North campus.”

Krusie, who has more than 25 years of healthcare experience, left St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan/College Station, Texas, where she served as chief executive officer since 2010. While at St. Joseph, she led major quality initiatives to improve patient satisfaction scores and implemented cost reduction and productivity processes that positively impacted the organization.

Prior to her position at St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Krusie held several leadership roles with Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received her M.A. in hospital and health administration. Krusie has been involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the University of Iowa Department of Health Management & Policy Alumni Board and the MHA Professional Advisory Committee at Texas A&M Health Science Center’s School of Public Health.

Krusie, who was named a Woman of Influence by the Corridor (Iowa) Business Journal in 2009, has also served as a member of the Bryan Rotary Club and as director and president of Daybreak Rotary Club in Cedar Rapids. She has served on the board of directors for the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, United Way of East Central Iowa and Goodwill Industries of SE Iowa.

About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes.  As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services.  To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.


Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations