FORT WAYNE, Indiana (ADAMS) – OCT. 13, 2022 – Parkview Health Chief Executive Mike Packnett has announced he will be retiring at the end of 2022, after more than 16 years at the helm of the region’s largest employer.
Packnett led the organization through periods of growth and helped shape its culture, centered on “world-class teamwork and excellence”. He also led the healthcare system through difficult and uncertain economic conditions, including the Great Recession and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parkview representatives released the following:
Committed to Parkview’s mission and to meet the region’s growing health care needs, Packnett has helped the health system grow from 50 providers and 6,300 staff to over 1,000 providers 14,000 staff in 16 counties , serving patients through more than 3 million encounters each year. During Packnett’s tenure, Parkview expanded into Wabash, Kosciusko, and DeKalb counties, opened the Parkview Regional Medical Center, and added specialty cancer care with the Parkview Cancer Institute.
“Mike Packnett has served Parkview Health, as well as the northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio region, in the best way he knows how – for others,” said Dan Starr, CEO by Do it Best Corp. and Chairman of the Parkview Health Board. of administrators. “He is an incredibly humble and compelling leader who has spent years cultivating a culture focused on providing compassionate care. He has also nurtured partnerships with many organizations in the area to help improve community health and the access to care as more and more people seek a Parkview experience.
As a community leader, Packnett has been integral to several regional development initiatives, including transformational investments in the revitalization of downtown Fort Wayne with Parkview Field and Electric Works. He is also a passionate advocate for the advancement of the Southeast Fort Wayne community, supporting ongoing efforts to improve access to health care and early childhood education. His spiritual influence is seen in his work with the City-Wide Movement and Love Fort Wayne, aimed at creating a renewed spirit and a sense of togetherness.
Packnett is currently a board member of several organizations including the University of Manchester, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Indiana Hospital Association, Orlando Health and many more. others. Earlier this year, he was named to Indiana 250, the Indianapolis Business Journal’s list of Indiana’s 250 most influential business leaders.
“Mike and his family have created a lasting impact and legacy among many area community organizations that will be felt for generations,” Starr said.
As part of Packnett’s planned retirement, Parkview Health’s Board of Directors announced that Rick Henvey, President of Healthcare Operations, will lead the organization as CEO from January 2023.
“The board has worked over the past few years to create a transparent transition plan for these changes,” Starr said. “We recognize the importance of a smooth leadership change and know that Henvey will continue to enhance Parkview Health’s world-class culture and advance its providers and colleagues as healthcare leaders.”
Henvey came to Parkview Health in 2007, shortly after Packnett. In his current role, he oversees all service line and hospital operations, as well as key strategies across the entire healthcare system. He has previous health care experience in the Oklahoma City area, where he and Packnett worked together at Mercy Health Center. Henvey also brings leadership experience gained in the Dallas, San Antonio and Denver markets.
Packnett comments on his experience working with Henvey, saying, “Rick and I served together for 23 years, and I am so grateful to him for his friendship and his leadership,” Packnett said. “Parkview wouldn’t be where we are today without him, and we couldn’t have a better person to be our next CEO. I look forward to seeing how Rick continues to improve and improve in the many ways of which we serve northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio.
Henvey has served on a number of community boards, most recently for Trine University, the Northeast Indiana Boys and Girls Club, the Indiana Chamber, and the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.
Henvey is known for his strong, forward-thinking approach to leadership. He has been instrumental in the growth of Parkview services in the region, and his focus on service excellence has made Parkview the best place for providers to practice, co-workers and patients to receive care. Parkview was recently named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers by State for Indiana.
“The power of Parkview comes from our more than 15,000 suppliers and colleagues, who are our most valuable resource, and the passion and desire they bring every day to serve others. As we have grown, the participatory leadership of Mike and Rick has been essential in helping us transform and deepen our culture,” said Dena Jacquay, Executive Director of Parkview Health. “Our region has been uniquely fortunate to have these two remarkable leaders together for the past 16 years to help infuse the vibrancy of excellence into every interaction we have with those we serve.”
Brian Emerick, CEO and Founder of Micropulse, Inc., and Board Member of Parkview Health added, “As we say here at Micropulse, it’s hard to replicate culture because it’s such a valuable resource. Mike, Rick and the management team have done a tremendous job creating and fostering the culture that exists in Parkview today and delivering the brand promise of excellent care to every person, every day.
Local orthopedic provider and healthcare leader Alan McGee, MD, who is president of Orthopedics Northeast (ONE) and also a board member of Parkview Health, said, “Rick’s deep relationships, its collaborative approach and drive to increase physician-led leadership will continue to provide Parkview and the community with opportunities to move forward in new and innovative ways, and carry on the legacy that has been created over the past century.
“Rick’s commitment to excellence, both within Parkview and in our community over the past 16 years, is evident in his relationships with individuals, vendors and partner organizations. Its ability to bring stakeholders together to find innovative new solutions and create connections puts Parkview Health in a strong position to drive growth, improve access and use modern digital solutions to help navigate care.