IU Health West Leadership

Our constant pursuit of excellence through leading-edge medicine and scientific innovation at IU Health is guided by our executive leadership and board of directors. Learn more about those who lead IU Health West Hospital.

IU Health West Hospital Executives

Art Vasquez, MBA, CPA


Art Vasquez, named president of IU Health West Hospital in June 2018, joined IU Health West Hospital in March 2016. Vasquez comes to IU Health from St. Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana, where he led strategic and financial planning for the 190-bed hospital and spearheaded significant program growth in behavioral health and cancer services to meet the needs of the community. He has prior experience in hospital financial leadership and consulting

Vasquez is a DePaul University graduate, and received his MBA from Purdue University. He is actively engaged in his community, serving on the boards for the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana and North Shores Health Center. He participates as an advisory board member for the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Art Vasquez

Lisa Sparks, RN, BSN, MHA

Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Patient Care Services

Lisa Sparks, Indiana University Health West Hospital's chief nurse officer and vice president of patient care services, joined IU Health West in May, 2004, as part of the hospital's original activation team before it opened. Sparks brings to the position more than 25 years of healthcare experience in various nursing leadership, risk management and corporate compliance roles, with a "patient first" philosophy of care at the core of her values as a healthcare leader. Sparks received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University, and her master’s in health administration from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Lisa Sparks

Paul Ivkovich, FACHE

Vice President of Operations

Paul Ivkovich has been with IU Health West Hospital prior to the hospital's opening (joining the team in August 2003) and has more than 40 years of healthcare experience, much of it in management roles. Ivkovich began his career as a staff pharmacist before taking on management-level roles, working his way from director of pharmacy services to vice president of professional services at Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan. Immediately prior to joining IU Health West Hospital, Ivkovich held various management positions at Holland Community Hospital, including vice president of operations support, and director of technical services, support services and facility planning and construction.

Ivkovich earned his BS in pharmacy from Ferris State University and an MS in administration with a health services concentration from Central Michigan University. He has been a member of the IU Health West team since August 2003.

Paul Ivkovich

Harpreetinder "Rocky" Singh, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Harpreetinder “Rocky” Singh joined the IU Health West Hospital team in the spring of 2018. Rocky previously served as director of emergency medicine for IU Health Morgan in Martinsville, and was highly engaged in the south central region’s patient experience improvement efforts. Dr. Singh holds both his medical degree from State University of New York, and an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

West Leadership Singh Rocky

IU Health West Hospital is part of the dynamic Indianapolis Suburban Region, which includes entities and markets across Indianapolis’ suburban communities. The regional executive leadership team includes:

Regional Executive Leadership

IU Health West Hospital is part of the dynamic Indianapolis Suburban Region, which includes entities and markets across Indianapolis’ suburban communities. The regional executive leadership team includes:

Doug Puckett

Indianapolis Suburban Region President

Indianapolis Suburban Region President, Doug Puckett, most recently served as president of Indiana University Health West Hospital. In his regional role, Puckett now leads existing teams across the north and west suburban areas, with strategic development in the eastern and southern suburbs in his purview. Puckett spent eight years as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at IU Health West before joining IU Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville, IN, as president in 2012. During his three years at Morgan, Puckett led the team through its integration with the IU Health system and its transformation to an outpatient center with a focus on diagnostics, emergency care and wellness services. He returned to IU Health West Hospital as president in 2015.

Doug Puckett

Cara Breidster

Indianapolis Suburban Region Chief Financial Officer

Cara Breidster most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for the West Central Region. She has been with IU Health since 2005 and previously served as vice president, finance and corporate controller. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor of science in accounting. Cara has a wealth of knowledge in healthcare accounting and finance, having spent seventeen years at Ernst and Young, LLP specializing in healthcare and tax consulting.

Breidster Cara

Randall Yust

Indianapolis Suburban Region Vice President, Planning

Randall Yust has 30 years' experience in healthcare finance and operations, serving previously at La Porte Regional Health System in La Porte, Indiana, in the roles of interim president and chief executive officer in late 2004 and as vice president of finance and chief financial officer prior to that. For 13 years—1985 to 1998—Yust served as vice president and chief financial officer for Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, and from 1975 to 1985, Yust served Community Hospital of Anderson, Indiana, ending his time there as acting chief financial officer. Yust has excelled throughout his career with notable business development and financial success at the hospitals he has served.

Randy Yust

Tamarah Brownlee, MPH

Indianapolis Suburban Region Vice President, Human Resources

Tamarah Brownlee joined Indiana University Health as Vice President of Human Resources for IU Health West Hospital in June 2017. Brownlee leads the broad spectrum of key HR service functions in the region, including recruitment, training and retention of excellent team members, and employee relations. She also serves as a key partner to the regional leadership teams in creating and executing action plans to improve the employment experience.

Brownlee comes to IU Health from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), where she served as executive director of Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Equity. At IPFW, Brownlee streamlined services, redesigned the HR team to be more strategically aligned with the University mission and increased operational outcomes. Prior to joining IPFW, she served in HR leadership roles at Parkview Health and Target Corporation.

Brownlee received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University.

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IU Health West Board of Directors

Mark Benson, DO

Physician, American Family Network

Rev. Karen Devaisher

Retired, INUMC — Indiana United Conference of the United Methodist Church

Cinda L. Kelley

President, Kelley & Associates

Marsha Stone

Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise, Indianapolis Airport Authority

Megan Crittendon

Medical Director — Emergency Services, IU Health West Hospital

Elizabeth Dunlap

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, IU Health

Michelle Janney

Chief Nurse Executive, IU Health

Jill McCrory

Associate Director, Navigant

David Ingram

President, IU Health Physicians

Doug Puckett

President, IU Health Indianapolis Suburban Region

Art Vasquez

President, IU Health West Suburban Area

Derek Empie

Assistant General Counsel, IU Health


  • Doug Puckett, President
  • Megan Crittendon, Chief of Staff
  • Art Vasquez, Treasurer
  • Derek Empie, Secretary