Executives

G. Thor Thordarson
President/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Thordarson was named President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2009 and previously joined IU Health La Porte Hospital in June of 2008 as Vice President, Corporate Operations. Prior to his service at IU Health La Porte Hospital, Mr. Thordarson served as healthcare administrator of ambulatory healthcare centers. He was the President of two consulting companies with a variety of strategic, financial and operations healthcare clients throughout the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thordarson worked as a Staff Nurse on a peripheral vascular floor. Mr. Thordarson received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Andrews University and a Master in Business Administration from Kent State University. Mr. Thordarson can be reached at 219.326.2555, or at tthordarson@iuhealth.org. Assistant: Heidi Jankowski, 219.326.2343, hjankowski@iuhealth.org.

Kevin Higdon
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Higdon joined IU Health La Porte Hospital as the new Vice President of Finance and Information Services in May 2014, and was named Chief Financial Officer in January 2015. Mr. Higdon brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance to the organization. He began as Senior Audit Manager for a public accounting firm in Chicago. Later, he advanced to Vice President of Finance, Controller and Chief Financial Officer at several healthcare organizations throughout the Midwest. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Healthcare Financial Management Association. Mr. Higdon can be reached at 219.326.2347, or at khigdon@iuhealth.org. Assistant: Nancy Nickels, 219.326.2341, nnickels@iuhealth.org.

William J. Houston, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Houston joined the Emergency Department of IU Health La Porte Hospital in 1983 after finishing his residency in Family Practice at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. He received his board certification in Family Practice that same year. In 1986, Dr. Houston became the Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department, and in 1994 he became the Medical Director. He is certified in Advance Trauma Life Support, and Advance Cardiac Life Support. Dr. Houston also served as a member of the IU Health La Porte Hospital Board of Directors from January 2005 to January 2011. In 2006 he accepted the position of the Chief Medical Officer of IU Health La Porte Hospital. Dr. Houston attended DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. Dr. Houston was a member of the Air Force Reserves as Flight Surgeon and won awards for Tactical Air Command, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Nation Defense medal and the Air Force Military Merit medal. He completed and received certification for the School of Aerospace Medicine and the Squadron Officer School. He became the A-10 Squadron Flight Surgeon at Grissom Air Force Base and flew several missions with the squadron. He also became the Family Practice Consultant to the Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Houston can be reached at 219.326.4653, or at whouston@iuhealth.org. Assistant: Heidi Jankowski, 219.326.2343, hjankowski@iuhealth.org.

Craig Felty, RN, BSN, MBA, CEN, EMT-P
Chief Nursing Officer/President, IU Health Starke Hospital

An experienced and dedicated member of the IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals healthcare community, Mr. Felty was named Interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals in November 2014, and final CNO in January 2015. He was named the President of IU Health Starke Hospital in February 2014 after serving as Administrator there since December 2013. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Patient Care Services of IU Health Starke Hospital since January 2011. Mr. Felty brings more than 25 years of patient care and healthcare management experience to the position. He has worked as Patient Care Manager of the Mitchell Emergency Department at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Critical Care Transport Nurse for an ambulance service in Illinois and Director of Emergency Services for Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Prior, he served as the Assistant Chief Flight Nurse for University of Chicago Hospitals and Manager of Aeromedical Services for Loyola University Medical Center. He has immediate experience in neonatal and pediatric transport, as a trauma nurse in the Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department, legal nurse consulting and volunteer firefighting. Mr. Felty has been trained in homeland security, pediatric education, neonatal resuscitation, advanced burn life support and emergency medical services. He is board certified in Emergency Nursing from the Emergency Nurses Association, and holds numerous certifications for clinical instruction as an educator in his field for other healthcare providers within the region. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University Calumet and a Master of Business Administration with a healthcare focus from Western Governors University. Mr. Felty can be reached at 574.772.1130 or gfelty@iuhealth.org. Assistant: Rachele Young, 219.326.2580, ryoung12@iuhealth.org.

Brian Donnelly
Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Donnelly joined IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals in June of 2012 with 30 years in healthcare administration, most recently with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, an affiliate of Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, where he served as Chief Administrative Officer for the employed physician group. Previously, Mr. Donnelly served as Executive Vice President of Health Partners Medical Group and Vice President of Operations of Saint Anthony Hospital in Michigan City. Prior to relocating to the Midwest, Mr. Donnelly was a partner with Contemporary Management Associates, a Portsmouth NH-based management and consulting firm servicing private medical practice in the New England market. Mr. Donnelly holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Merrimack College and a Master in Business Administration from New Hampshire College. He is a member of the Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development, the Medical Group Management Association and is board certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Mr. Donnelly can be reached at 219.325.4682 or bdonnelly@iuhealth.org. Assistant: Nancy Nickels, 219.326.2341, nnickels@iuhealth.org.

IU Health La Porte Physicians

Byron Holm, MD
Chief Medical Officer - IU Health La Porte Physicians

Byron M. Holm, MD, joined IU Health La Porte Physicians in August 2011. In 1969 he earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Physiology from Indiana University. In 1973, Dr. Holm earned his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He began practicing family medicine and corporate healthcare privately in Plymouth, Indiana in 1974. He has expanded the concept with the development of “one stop” healthcare through convenient leading edge diagnostic services, rehabilitation, wellness programs and corporate healthcare. In partnership with various computer technology companies, his medical practice has been a beta test sight for computerized accounting and medical records. Dr. Holm’s practice has been utilizing electronic medical records (EMR) since 1996. He has a fundamental interest in utilizing professional support personnel and nurse practitioners for more effective patient care. He currently provides community service as County Health Officer (Marshall County) and is the Paramedic Director for the City of Plymouth. Dr. Holm can be reached at 574.936.7777 or bholm@holmclinic.com. Office Manager: Joann Heim, 574.936.7777, ext. 405, jheim1@iuhealth.org.

La Porte Hospital Foundation

Maria V. Fruth
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - La Porte Hospital Foundation

After serving for over a year as Director of Development, Mrs. Fruth was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the La Porte Hospital Foundation in January 1998. She provides overall coordination for all aspects of The Foundation’s important role within IU Health La Porte Hospital and Volunteer Services, and serves as the liaison with the La Porte Hospital Auxiliary. Her career with IU Health followed many years of teaching, community service and business experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University Federal Minas Gerais in Brazil. Mrs. Fruth is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 1999, she received her Certification in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Fund Raising School. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Healthy Communities of La Porte County, the LEAF Board through the La Porte Chamber of Commerce and IU Health La Porte Community Health Center/Dental Clinic Advisory Board. Mrs. Fruth can be reached at 219.326.2472 or at mfruth@iuhealth.org. Assistant: Juliette Kubal, 219.326.2471, jkubal@iuhealth.org.