News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 7, 2013

Newsmakers: April 7, 2013

Tribune-Star staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Chris Wood has been named community resource director for the United Way of the Wabash Valley.

As community resource director for United Way, Wood will be responsible for the direction and management of all aspects of the annual fundraising campaign and handle marketing and communications duties for the organization.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley, whose mission is to help increase the capacity of people in our community to care for one another, comprises 32 member agencies that provide more than 70 funded programs serving Vigo, Parke, Sullivan and Vermillion counties in Indiana and Clark and Crawford counties in Illinois.

United Way-funded programs address areas such as basic needs, family development, disabilities, family stability, health, senior, youth recreation & development, youth social skills & development and other programs dealing with education, income or health.

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Ivy Tech Community College has selected John M. Murphy to serve as president of the Ivy Tech Foundation and senior vice president for the Community College. His appointment was effective April 1.

In past years, the Ivy Tech Community College president also served as president of the Ivy Tech Foundation. Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder recently announced that the Ivy Tech Foundation needs a full-time president as fundraising efforts continue to expand. This will ensure access and affordable higher education for more and more Hoosiers every year.

Murphy has been heavily involved with the foundation as a board member for more than 20 years, including most recently serving as vice chairman and incoming chairman. He previously served as board chairman for two years.

Murphy recently retired from a 40-year career as an insurance executive. He most recently served as managing director of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, the world’s fifth largest broker.

Murphy earned his master’s degree in business administration in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University. He is also a chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter.

He is also heavily involved in community service and is chairman of Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, member of the Development Committee Member at St. John Vianney Church, and has held positions of vice chairman and chairman of the Indianapolis Metro American Heart Walk.

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Union Hospital Clinton was recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and IRHA SuiteSTATS as HealthStrong Award winner for excellence in quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

iVantage Health announced the latest HealthStrong Award winners at the annual meeting of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health held last November in Madison, Wis.

The HealthStrong Awards are based on The Hospital Strength Index, a national ratings program developed by iVantage Health Analytics to recognize top performing hospitals based on key metrics critical to success. The Index ranks all of the more than 4,400 U.S. general acute care hospitals. The Index is based on eight performance categories measuring 56 different performance metrics.

“Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that can only be managed with better information,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.