Hendricks Regional Health announced the appointment of Kelli Waggoner, Brownsburg, as the new Chair of the Hendricks Regional Health Board of Trustees. Waggoner, the first woman to lead the board, succeeds Terry Dillon. Before stepping down, Dillon served as chair since January 2003, and has been a board member since March 1995. He will remain on the board as a member.
“Under Terry’s leadership, our organization has seen incredible growth and progress,” Kevin P. Speer, Hendricks Regional Health President & CEO, said. “During his tenure as chair, we opened our Cancer Center, Plainfield Medical Center, Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, Brownsburg Hospital and many more new facilities and services that forever changed how we deliver care. Terry has left an indelible mark on our history, and I am happy that he will be here to continue to help lead us through new challenges to come.”
Waggoner’s new role is the result of a unanimous vote by her fellow board members in January.
“I could not be more pleased with the board’s decision to elevate Kelli to the role of chair,” Speer said. “Her strategic mind and compassionate spirit will be instrumental as we navigate the changes confronting healthcare today. In addition, Kelli’s wealth of experience in governmental affairs is invaluable because it has given her the ability to unite and inspire others around a common vision.”
As a native of Hendricks County and a Brownsburg High School graduate, Waggoner has deep ties to the community. She and her husband, Jeff, raised their two sons, Kyle and Grant, in Brownsburg. Waggoner is Athletic Director of Brownsburg High School, a role she has served since 2013.
“As a Hendricks County resident of over 40 years, it is with great pride that I begin this role,” Waggoner said. “I am honored that my fellow board members have placed their confidence in me. I plan to continue the rich tradition of strong and involved board leadership. I see the role of board chair as supporting our management team in a participatory governance model so that Hendricks Regional Health can continue to position itself as a high-quality, low-cost health system on a national platform.”
Waggoner has over three decades of experience in governmental affairs, and was a founding partner of the KWK Management Group, a management firm that provides legislative representation and consultation for many non-profit and industry associations throughout the state. She began her career as deputy legislative liaison and assistant to Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr, with jurisdiction over Health and Human Services. She also served as the governor’s liaison with the Indiana State Senate and adviser on healthcare services.
Since the hospital’s inception in 1962, esteemed community members have served on the Hendricks Regional Health Board of Trustees, who plan for the present and future healthcare needs of local residents. The 2019 HRH Board of Trustees includes Terry Dillon, Mike Edmondson, Erin Engels, Dr. Gordon Reed and Kelli Waggoner.
Hendricks Regional Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, healthcare organization with a deeply rooted legacy of community service. The Hendricks’ culture is built on their vision to be the community’s indispensable healthcare partner and focused on these seven values: respect, empathy, integrity, courage, collaboration, loyalty and engagement. More than 2,100 associates live these values each day through a shared philosophy of patient-centered, high-quality low-cost care.
Hendricks Regional Health is a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and is accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). The organization received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. Hendricks Regional Health is proud to be designated a 2018-2019 five-star hospital in quality and patient safety by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hendricks recently received the 2019 Five Star Total Knee Replacement award, the 2019 Five Star Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries award and the 2019 Five Star Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism award from Healthgrades. In 2018, Hendricks Regional Health was honored with High Performance recognition from U.S. News & World Report. Hendricks Regional Health is one of only 13 hospitals nationwide to be recognized in the top five percent in the nation by Healthgrades for Outstanding Patient Experience for 11 consecutive years. As the largest employer in Hendricks County, the organization was recognized as a finalist in the Healthiest Employers of Indiana Awards Program. Hendricks is one of only two organizations in the Midwest to earn the American Heart Association’s Community Innovation Award for developing and implementing their visionary wellness program. Leapfrog has awarded Hendricks Regional Health consecutive A ratings over the last five semi-annual reporting periods, beginning in Fall 2016.
Hendricks Regional Health staffs a full complement of physicians and providers in a variety of specialties at locations in Danville, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Lizton and Bainbridge. For more information, visit the website at hendricks.org.