New competitor poses big risk for Community Health Systems
The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is reporting Indiana University Health, the dominant not-for-profit health system in the state, is expanding into the city. Brian Bauer — the former CEO of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne who was fired by Lutheran's for-profit parent, Community Health Systems — will lead the IU Health region.
Why it matters: This is not just a small regional deal in Indiana. CHS is on the brink of collapse. And now Lutheran, one of CHS' most profitable hospital systems, faces a powerful competitor that likely will nab Lutheran's patients as well as doctors, nurses and other employees.