Executives

Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr.

President, IU Health Methodist and University Hospitals

As president of both IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health University Hospital, Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr.is responsible for determining the strategic vision and priorities of two of the largest and busiest hospitals in Indiana.

Prior to joining IU Health in 2014, Buchanan served as chief executive officer for Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Before that, he served as chief operating officer for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore; as vice president of Operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL; and as vice president of Operations & Process Improvement for the Huntsville Hospital System in Alabama. 

A native of Washington, DC, Buchanan has an MBA from the Northwestern University JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively.

Jonathan Curtright

Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Curtright is the chief operating officer for both IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health University Hospital.

Curtright comes to IU Health from UK Healthcare in Lexington, KY, where he served as chief operating officer for ambulatory care, significantly building the system’s outpatient activity. Prior to that, he spent 12 years in a variety of roles at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he oversaw a number of hospital departments and clinical service lines during his tenure.

Curtright holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance and a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Michael Niemeier, MD

Chief Medical Officer

As chief medical officer, Michael Niemeier, MD, provides overall direction for the medical staff and physician leadership, regulatory compliance, patient quality and safety, and risk management for IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Niemeier has provided more than 30 years of service to the patients, families and staff at IU Health Methodist Hospital as a pulmonary/critical care physician and as a medical director.

He received his medical degree from Indiana University and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Over the years, while Dr. Niemeier continued the practice of medicine, his development as a physician leader emerged. His strong leadership skills became evident with his participation in the development and growth of initiatives such as the inpatient medicine and the ePartners programs.

Dr. Niemeier serves on several patient care committees and is a board member of the Methodist Health Foundation and IU Health Physicians.

Linda K. Chase, PhD, MA, RN, NEA-BC

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Linda K. Chase, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, joined IU Health in 2010 to lead Nursing and Patient Care Services at IU Health Methodist Hospital. As vice president and chief nursing officer, she oversees nearly 1,800 nurses at one of the state's biggest and busiest hospitals.

Chase previously was chief nurse at the Ohio State Medical Center’s University Hospital and Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus. She began and developed most of her career at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

An active speaker and author, Chase is widely published on nursing management and patient care topics. She serves as a Magnet Recognition Program appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center