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May 18, 2021

Lennen Lands On His Feet
Lennen to lead Community Hospital South
Lennen to lead Community Hospital South
On August 11, 2008, many in the community were dismayed by Tony Lennen's abrupt resignation as Major Hospital's president and CEO. Lennen had served in that position for twelve years and was widely considered to be an energetic leader, an able administrator and an outspoken advocate for long-term community growth. He can be credited with an impressive list of accomplishments during his tenure at Major Hospital.

Lennen's surprise announcement on that Monday morning last August fueled many rumors and much speculation concerning the "real reasons" behind his resignation. The Major Hospital Board, which has a reputation for being a public entity when they have to be, and a private entity when they want to be, opted to hunker down until the storm blew over.

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say, I respect Tony Lennen and I appreciate the effort he put into building our community. That's why I'm sharing the following announcement from Community Health Network. Congratulations, Tony.

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network is pleased to announce the new presidents of Community Hospitals South and East, following an internal and external search. Anthony Lennen will lead Community Hospital South, while Robin Ledyard, M.D., MPH, becomes president of Community Hospital East, effective August 31.

Lennen takes over for Mike Blanchet, who was promoted to president and CEO of Community Hospitals of Indianapolis, Inc. in May. Dr. Ledyard replaces Anita Harden, who retired in November of 2008, and currently serves as president emeritus of the hospital.

"I am confident in Tony's ability to lead during this exciting time at Community Hospital South, given his strong track record of success," said Blanchet.  "He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm around creating exceptional experiences for patients and families, building strong physician relationships, and serving as an advocate for employees. In addition, he is very excited about the opportunities for Community Health Network to grow in the south market."

Lennen's most recent position was managing director for Catalyst Healthcare Advisors, a health care consulting company focusing primarily on performance improvement. Prior to this position, he was president and CEO of Major Hospital in Shelbyville, Indiana, from 1993 to 2008. He received a master's degree in health administration from Indiana University and a bachelor of science degree from the Krannert School of Management.

He is a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives and The Healthcare Financial Management Association, is a past board member of the Indiana Hospital Association, as well as a former member of The Health Care Roundtable. He has served on several community and health care boards and was named to the 1996 Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under Forty class, the publication's annual list of 40 fast rising under 40 business executives in the Indianapolis area. He has also made the IBJ's Who's Who in Health Care in central Indiana on numerous occasions.

About Community Health Network:

Ranked among the top 10 integrated health care networks in the nation, Community Health Network has more than 70 sites of care throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, a dedicated heart hospital; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MEDPOINT express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Article comment by: Joe Smoe

This guys a joke. Tony has killed C.H.S., It is becoming coming a smoldering crater. Good Job Tony wish you would crawl back under whatever rock you came from. P.S. the entire community staff hates you, except for the few you coddle

Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Article comment by: Motorhead

I don't share all of the enthusiasm about Mr. Lennen's time in Shelbyville. He made an absolutely ridiculous salary and, when the heat came on about Intelliplex, was evasive, defensive, and appeared to be involved in what many people believed to be a cover-up effort. For example, he absolutely refused to detail or even answer questions from the paper about why so much money was spent for the site development of the Intelliplex complex.

I hope he has learned from his mistakes here and will use this experience for the benfit of Community South's patients.

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009
Article comment by: Simon Says......

Major Hospitals days are numbered. I've been a long time critic of Tony. Not because Tony is not great at what he does but because Tony was surrounded by bad juju. Congratulations Tony!!!!

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009
Article comment by: Polly Purebred


Thanks again for “breaking the story” regarding Tony Lennen and his success. I wonder if the newspaper will even be “allowed” to cover it or maybe they will just ignore it to let sleeping dogs lie.

Also, I love the new additions to your website. Keep up the good work, we all love it.

Note to Tony Lennen:

I hope you look upon this as divine intervention for you and your family. In the long run, you will be so much better off not being forced to play small-town politics with a bunch of greedy, small-minded leaders who have their own personal agendas. “They” turned the Intelliplex into something it was never supposed to be – not you. “They” should be the one’s that answer for that but they will probably try to blame you anyway. Keep your head held high and know that your talents now can be judged on your actual merits and work performance.

Major Hospital’s board chose small-town politics over what was best for the hospital, its staff, its patients and the community. You’ve now given me a reason to check out Community South – they appear to be headed in the right direction.

Good Luck

Polly Purebred

Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2009
Article comment by: Faith Laird

Congratulations to Tony! Yes, he is our son-in-law, but he is truly a class act! Community Hospital is fortunate to have him.

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