Dan Evans Articles

Our Responsibility to do the Right Thing

11/17/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

The furor surrounding the events unfolding at Penn State is sobering and should cause each and every one of us to pause. Do we individually and collectively do the right thing each and every day? At IU Health our values include working in a community of colleagues who share mutual trust and respect. Yet we know that many of our colleagues have personally witnessed an event or behavior inconsistent with that value and do nothing about it. Why? Are we afraid? Do we believe nothing will happen? Do we…

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Fall for a Fall Day

10/10/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan EvansStories of Strength

Sunday was a beautiful fall day. A day created for a walk – the sun was out, the sky was blue and the trees in our neighborhood were at their peak. So my wife, Marilyn, and I decided to take our dog for a walk. While my wife was looking up to admire the Hoosier fall colors, she should have been looking down to watch out for the large walnuts scattered everywhere. Unfortunately, she stepped on one, fell and broke her ankle. So we drove likity split to IU Health North Hospital. Wow… what…

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Importance of Justice

09/26/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

Last week I visited Washington DC with a group of Hoosiers. We arrived a bit early so we decided to stop by the Martin Luther King Memorial. You may recall that the sculpture of Dr. King provoked some controversy so I was particularly eager to see it personally. Also, last month’s dedication was canceled due to the earthquake and concerns about public safely. Behind the memorial is a wall of Dr. King’s quotes. All are meaningful. But one stands out in my mind: "Injustice anywhere…

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Our Community’s Response to Tragedy

08/14/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

As I follow the tragic story of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last night, I'm grateful for those on the scene who acted deliberately to save and assist those trapped and otherwise injured. I'm further appreciative of the health care providers throughout our city -- from the first responders to the physicians, nurses and other clinicians awaiting the arrival of injured fairgoers in emergency departments. I understand city safety officials are asking those at the concert…

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Ways for Improvement

08/09/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

Not too long ago, I was at one of our Indiana University Health hospitals when a gentleman came along the hallway with a very noisy cart. He was there to pick up sensitive papers from special bins and take them out to his truck to be ground up and shredded. As he worked his way along the hallway, I saw that he not only was making a lot of noise, but that the hard rubber black wheels on the device were also making scuff marks on the floor. It so happens that noise and cleanliness are two of the factors…

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Managing Expectations

08/02/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

I sometimes get calls at 2 o’clock in the morning. I recently received such a call – actually, not a call, but a text message – from a long-time friend who had spent the entire day moving and somehow hurt his back. He’d gone to the IU Health Methodist Hospital Emergency Department, where he received excellent service. He later told me more about his experience there. My friend wasn’t seriously hurt, but he was in some pain and discomfort. He lost some feeling in his…

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Representing the Patient

07/26/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

Many of the solutions to our nation’s economic woes rest on Medicare and other healthcare reforms. And while I realize our nation’s leaders are embroiled in the nation’s financial angst, I was distressed when I never once heard anyone in the meetings I recently attended in D.C. talk about the patients, who are the beneficiaries of these services. So I left Washington feeling a great sense of responsibility to represent our patients. We at Indiana University Health are the architects…

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A Message from Dan Evans

01/23/2011 | Latest from our LeadersDan Evans

The way people talk and feel about healthcare is changing. And while our mission at Indiana University Health remains the same -- to improve the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service -- now, more than ever, we are working to rebuild your expectations about healthcare. We're changing medicine from La Porte to Paoli and beyond our biggest dreams. We're changing lives with leading doctors and nurses, using the most innovative…

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