Schneck names hospital CEO

A Seymour native will become just the third man in nearly 50 years to serve as leader of Jackson County’s only hospital.

Warren Forgey will replace Gary Meyer as president and CEO at Schneck Medical Center following his retirement in April. Forgey, who has worked at the hospital for 23 years, has most recently served as the executive vice president and chief administrative operations officer.

Meyer succeeded George H. James Jr. in 2001. James was named president and CEO in 1968.

“It’s an honor to hold a position that only two other individuals have held over the past nearly 50 years,” Forgey said. “I had the privilege to work for both of those gentlemen for several years. I learned a lot from them and will be able to use that knowledge to lead the organization.”

Other past roles for Forgey include executive vice president of fiscal services and business development, chief financial officer and controller, according to a news release from the hospital.

“His talents, expertise and vision will ensure Schneck continues to grow, evolve, and bring leading medicine to the communities we serve,” Rick Smith, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “This is a critical time in health care, and how we navigate the path ahead is determined by the people who lead the way. Warren is the right leader to carry forward the aspirations of this organization.”

Forgey holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in health systems administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He’s been instrumental in advancing patient-focused care at Schneck, including leading its most recent expansion and renovation project at the cancer center, outpatient care center and emergency department.

The hospital is one of the county’s largest nonindustrial employers. In January 2014, Schneck employed 864.

Forgey’s background includes involvement on numerous community boards, and he is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He’s also a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a member of the Indiana Hospital Association’s Council on Government Relations.

Recently, he received the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award and the Indiana CPA Society Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award.

Under Forgey’s leadership, Schneck has earned a debt rating of “A” from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services and an “A+” from Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency, according to the hospital.

Forgey is married to Sherri Forgey, a registered nurse at Schneck. They have two grown children.

Warren Forgey

Warren Forgey

Seymour native

Has spent 23 years working at Schneck Medical Center.

He will replace Gary Meyer as president and CEO of the hospital on April 3.

Married to Sherri Forgey; two grown children.