A national executive search will be conducted by IU Health Fort Wayne to replace Chief Medical Officer Geoffrey Randolph, MD, who announced that he will retire Oct. 2.

“Dr. Randolph and I have had many conversations over the past year about life, family, kids and especially grandkids and the importance having time with them,” Brian Bauer, president, IU Health Fort Wayne, said in a news release. “While I am saddened and it is difficult to find words to express how much Dr. Randolph means to me personally, IU Health Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne community, I couldn’t be more excited for Dr. Randolph and his wife Kathleen as they embark on this new chapter in their lives. I can say with confidence, IU Health Fort Wayne would not have been successful without Dr. Randolph and his impact and legacy will continue on forever in our organization.”

In 2018, he joined Bauer, former Lutheran Health Network CEO, to help guide the entrance of IU Health into the local market after they were fired from LHN after a group of local doctors and others made an unsuccessful bid to buy the network from Tennessee-based parent company Community Health Systems.

IU Health’s presence in northeast Indiana now includes more than 20 primary care providers, two urgent care centers and imaging located throughout the community.

In three short years Randolph has established and expanded a network of physicians, giving residents of the state’s second-largest city new options for high-quality care.

“I am amazed by our growth in the time I have served here and how we have been embraced in Fort Wayne,” Randolph said in the news release. “I appreciate the spectacular opportunity I have been given to work with great leaders, physicians and team members and to be part of an organization that lives its values every single day.”

“I have loved working for IU Health and the people here and I have complete confidence in the continued growth of IU Health in northeast Indiana and the care they will provide to this community.”

Randolph graduated from Wayne State University Medical School before serving three years in the U.S. Navy as a general medical officer. He then completed a residency in general surgery and fellowship in plastic surgery at Indiana University in Indianapolis and upon completion he and his wife, Kathleen, and family came to Fort Wayne in 1987. For more than 25 years Randolph delivered a full spectrum plastic surgery care with an emphasis on reconstructive work. “He developed a reputation of being reliable, resourceful, creative and responsive during those clinical years,” according to the news release.

In 2007 he became the chief medical officer of Lutheran Hospital and he did that work in conjunction with his surgical practice until 2012 when he ceased clinical practice and became a full-time medical administrator. During his career he participated in 15 surgical mission trips to Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

His retirement plans include celebrating his 70th birthday, spending more time with family, especially his grandchildren in Zionsville and Napa, California, and pursuing his interests of woodworking, golf, music and writing.

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