Remarks at IU Health Announcement of Impending Retirement of Dan Evans as President and CEO and Appointment of Dennis Murphy as his Successor

IU Health Neuroscience Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 1, 2015


Thank you very much.

The fact that we are gathered here in the IU Health Neuroscience Center, co-located with the IU Neuroscience Research Building, underscores the nature of the deep and extensive partnership between Indiana University and IU Health.

Tribute to Dan Evans

For nearly two decades, Dan Evans has been an instrumental part of that partnership.

Dan’s visionary leadership was integral in the establishment of Clarian Health Partners in 1997, and under his guidance as president and CEO, Clarian, which, of course, was rebranded as IU Health in 2011, grew to become the state’s largest healthcare system.

His determined leadership has helped to make IU Health Indiana’s preeminent healthcare provider—as evidenced by national rankings that put IU Health in the company of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals—and, in doing so, he has helped bring the nationally recognized clinical and research capabilities of the IU School of Medicine to nearly every corner of the state.

The recently announced creation of the major new hospital and academic health center here in Indianapolis, which will be under construction as early as next year, represents a wonderful capstone to Dan’s outstanding service as CEO.  It is said that the establishment of a new hospital is a once-in-a-century event. To have overseen the decision to establish two major new hospitals makes this achievement even more remarkable.

His foresight was also integral in the planning of the recently announced new IU Health Bloomington Hospital, which will be built on IU property, and which will allow us to create what will be the most comprehensive academic health campus in the state outside of Indianapolis.

These are tremendous accomplishments that few healthcare administrators in the nation can match. Dan’s dedicated efforts have had—and will continue to have—an enormous impact on the health of the citizens of Indiana and beyond.

On a personal note, I will miss Dan’s helpful counsel on many matters, as well as his commitment to excellence that have made IU Health—and IU—stronger.

On behalf of Indiana University, I want to express our deepest gratitude to Dan. Indiana University is proud to claim him as an alumnus, and all of us at IU look forward to having opportunities in the coming months to celebrate his visionary leadership and the many contributions he has made to the improvement of healthcare. In fact, I hope we will be able to find a way of more directly involving Dan in the academic mission of the university.

Dennis Murphy

I am also very pleased that IU Health will continue to benefit from outstanding leadership under Dennis Murphy.

Dennis has an extensive and impressive background in healthcare administration, including his service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Hospitals, and Johns Hopkins.

Since coming to IU Health as chief operating officer two years ago, Dennis has been an exceptional collaborator, working closely with colleagues in the IU School of Medicine, including Dean Jay Hess, and has been deeply involved in the planning for the new facilities in Indianapolis and Bloomington. 

I am confident that Dennis is the right person to continue to move IU Health forward and to strengthen our partnership as we continue to work together to advance Indiana’s reputation as a leader in the health and life sciences and to effectively serve the health needs of the people of Indiana.

Thank you.