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New president appointed for IU Health Methodist and University hospitals

Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr. has been appointed as the new president of both IU Health Methodist and University hospitals.

Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr. has been appointed as the new president of both IU Health Methodist and University hospitals.

| IndianapolisHerbert C. Buchanan, Jr. will join Indiana University Health as president of both IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health University Hospital effective Monday, July 7. He brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience to the position.

Buchanan comes to IU Health from Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has served as chief executive officer since 2012. Prior to joining Howard, he served as chief operating officer for University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Before that, Buchanan served in the role of vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and as vice president of operations and process improvement for the Huntsville Hospital System in Alabama.

“Herb is a dynamic and effective leader who has an impressive track record in both establishing and achieving challenging goals,” said Dennis Murphy, executive vice president and system chief operating officer, IU Health. “We look forward to welcoming Herb to the IU Health team.”

In his new role, Buchanan will be responsible for determining the strategic vision and priorities of IU Health Methodist and University hospitals, in alignment with the nationally ranked health system’s overall business strategy.

“I am looking forward to becoming a significant contributor to this accomplished leadership team because of the unlimited potential of IU Health,” said Buchanan, who will report to Murphy. “This leadership role affords a unique opportunity to become a part of one of the nation's most respected and successful healthcare organizations and to drive unprecedented achievements benefiting our patients and the communities we serve.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Buchanan earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. 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.


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