Dr. Dawn Haut Named CEO of Eskenazi Health Center

New leader assumes permanent assignment after serving in interim role

Indianapolis, Oct. 12, 2017 – Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and the community-based board of directors for Eskenazi Health Center announce that Dr. Dawn Haut has been named to manage primary care in community health centers located throughout Indianapolis.

“We’re confident that Dr. Haut will lead us towards continuing the tremendous progress we’ve made in recent years providing the very best primary care to our community,” said Matthew R. Gutwein, president and chief executive officer of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. “We take great pride in providing to our neighborhoods the very best in primary care through our health centers that contribute substantially towards us reaching the goals of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.”

Dr. Haut will serve as chief executive officer of the Eskenazi Health Center federally qualified health center (FQHC). Highlighting Eskenazi Health Center’s accountability to patients, the FQHC designation signifies that a majority of the community-based board of directors are consumers of the health care within one of the Eskenazi Health Center locations. Dr. Haut will report directly to the Eskenazi Health Center board of directors.

“From comprehensive care to mental health and everything in between, Dr. Haut will continue to serve as a tremendous advocate for quality health care in our community,” said Janett Hill, president of the board of directors of Eskenazi Health Center. “Having already served in this role in an interim basis, Dr. Haut has exhibited her commitment to the ideals of our mission – to advocate, care, teach and serve, with special emphasis on our community’s most vulnerable populations – and we are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Eskenazi Health Center is comprised of 10 separate health centers located across Indianapolis. Eskenazi Health Center includes the locations known as Blackburn, Cottage Corner, Forest Manor, Grassy Creek, North Arlington, Pecar, Westside and the Primary Care Center and Center for Senior Health, which are both located on the Eskenazi Health campus.

“In being well familiar with her medical expertise, leadership abilities, devotion to quality patient care and familiarity with Eskenazi Health Center, I’m convinced that Dr. Haut is the ideal choice to serve in this vitally important position,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health. “We’re proud of our health centers that serve people in neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis, and Dr. Haut will work tirelessly in expanding our contributions to their health and well-being as we continue to put our patients first.”

As CEO of Eskenazi Health, which includes Midtown Community Mental Health, Dr. Harris will work with Dr. Haut to continue Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County’s longstanding commitment to primary care.

Dr. Haut most recently served as interim chief executive officer of Eskenazi Health Center, chief physician executive of Eskenazi Health Center Pecar, medical director of Eskenazi Health Population Health and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).

Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Haut contributes over 25 years of clinical experience to Eskenazi Health.  Previously serving as staff pediatrician, pediatric clinic coordinator and medical director of the Infant Welfare Society in Chicago, Dr. Haut was hired as chief physician executive of Eskenazi Health Center Pecar in 2002 to open a new health center aimed at serving a growing Latino population in Northwest Indianapolis. Under her leadership, Eskenazi Health Center Pecar attained NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level 3 status in 2012 and served as a pilot site for embedded mental health services, medical legal partnerships (MLPs), the Crooked Creek Food Pantry, and case conferences and telephone visits with patients.

In 2015, Dr. Haut was appointed as the first ever medical director of Eskenazi Health Population Health. In this role, she provides physician leadership centered on the health care management model in health system population. In addition, Dr. Haut holds positions within various committees and professional societies including the Eskenazi Health Vaccination Task Force; the Eskenazi Health Physician Advisory Committee; as the IUSM dean appointee for the Eskenazi Medical Group Board of Directors; and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Haut earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1986 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in 1990. She then completed both a residency and fellowship in pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In 1997, Dr. Haut earned a Masters of Public Health degree at University of Illinois School of Public Health where she was awarded MCH traineeship.

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For nearly 160 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women’s and children’s services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. In December 2013, Eskenazi Health moved to its new main campus and opened the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The new modern and efficient facility is Central Indiana’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold health care campus and offers unique features like a one-of-a-kind sky farm and extensive art collection. The Eskenazi Health Foundation was the recipient of $40 million gift from Indianapolis couple Sidney and Lois Eskenazi to assist with building the brand new hospital facilities. HHC recognized this generous gift by naming the new hospital and health system in the Eskenazis’ honor.

CONTACT: Tom Surber
Phone: 317.880.4793
Cell: 317.402.9327
Pager: 317.310.5972
Email: thomas.surber@eskenazihealth.edu

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