Mike Poore was appointed regional president and CEO of Lutheran Health Network, effective Aug. 21, according to an LHN statement.

Poore served as interim CEO of LHN and Lutheran Hospital after Brian Bauer was fired from the dual role in June, following an unsuccessful attempt by local doctors and others to buy out LHN from Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

According to the announcement, Poore has nearly 30 years of experience in hospital administration with expertise in quality improvement, service line development, physician recruitment and medical staff relations, and executive-level leadership in integrated health systems.

Most recently, Poore served as vice president of operations for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation. He has previously served as CEO of hospital and health systems in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.

Poore earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Alabama in Mobile and a bachelor’s of science degree in health services administration from Auburn University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned a green belt in Six Sigma process improvement from the Deming Institute. He has been active in community and health care industry organizations.

Poore will continue to serve as interim CEO of Lutheran Hospital until a permanent CEO is named.

Upcoming events focus on opioid crisis

The public is invited to learn more about the opioid crisis at two upcoming events.

Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock will host a special fifth Tuesday meeting of the Fort Wayne City Council focusing on the opioid crisis in Fort Wayne. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Room 30 of the City Council Chambers (the committee room).

Speakers will include Police Chief Steve Reed, Police Narcotics Captain Kevin Hunter, Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan, Otis R. Bowen Treatment Center Director Megan Fisher and others. Members of the public will also have a chance to have their voices heard.

Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Allen County residents are invited to attend “Healing Our Community with Hope,” a free community event aimed at raising awareness, reducing stigma and remembering those who have died of overdose.

The event will feature a walk, balloon release, naloxone training, resources/support, performance by Soul35 band and vigil. Healing Our Community with Hope will take place at 6 p.m. at Lutheran Park and Garden, 3024 Fairfield Avenue. Members of the public can register at www.eventbrite.com/e/overdose-awareness-day-healing-our-community-with-hope-walk-vigil-tickets-36844901091, although registration is optional. Those who have lost a loved one to an overdose are encouraged to bring a picture or treasured item to display at the vigil.

In attendance will be Mayor Tom Henry, former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, McMahan, Hunter and Mickey Ashpole, director of community outreach for Waters Edge Recovery.

Occupational therapy program adds spring cohort

Huntington University’s doctorate of occupational therapy program is now offering an additional spring cohort start for the three-year, full-time program. The program’s fall cohort is comprised of 34 students, and an additional spring cohort will add 22 students.

The program is a full-time commitment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with laboratory experience in occupational therapy. Classes are held on the Parkview Randallia Hospital campus, 1819 Carew St.

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree and completed prerequisite coursework. To learn more, visit huntington.edu/OTD and attend a program preview day Sept. 22, Nov. 3 or Dec. 1. For more information or to RSVP for a program preview day, email graduate@huntington.edu or call (800) 600-4888.

Visiting Nurse seeks volunteers

Visiting Nurse, a locally based, nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider, is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of roles serving patients and family in the community as well as in Hospice Home, northeast Indiana’s only free-standing hospice facility dedicated to end-of-life care.

Interested individuals must attend a small group interview. They will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 19, followed by required training in late October and early November.

The nature of this work requires individuals who are emotionally mature, compassionate and comfortable with issues of death and dying. Volunteers are needed to visit patients in area homes and nursing facilities to provide respite to caregivers. Volunteer activity also includes bedside visits, errands, administrative work and bereavement services.

Visiting Nurse serves patients in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Ann Blue at (260) 435-3222 or annblue@vnfw.org.

Rotary clubs raise funds to eradicate polio

The Anthony Wayne and Fort Wayne Rotary Clubs hosted a 5K run/walk to eradicate polio on Aug. 19 at Shoaff Park. More than 130 runners participated in the race. Proceeds go toward the fight against polio and are matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation two to one.

Dentists help pack school bags

The dentists and staff at Ueber & Friedrich Dentistry partnered with Fort Wayne Community Schools and Wendy Hoering, the homeless liaison coordinator for FWCS, to provide school supplies for students in need. The dentists and staff collected and filled 136 backpacks with 544 highlighters, 680 folders, 1,360 pens and pencils and 27,200 sheets of paper. Backpacks were delivered to FWCS’s clothing bank where they will be distributed to students and families across all grade levels throughout the school year.

Assisted living community honored

Coventry Meadows Assisted Living was named Assisted Living Community of the Year by the Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living. Coventry Meadows received this award on Aug. 15 during the association’s annual Senior Living Awards.

Operated by American Senior Communities, Coventry Meadows is located at 7833 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The IHCA/INCAL is Indiana’s largest trade association and advocate representing skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living communities. Winners of the awards are chosen from peer and colleague nominations.

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