Date: 10/15/2003

Community hospital administrator retires after 36 years of service

The Community Hospital announces the retirement of its first and only Administrator, Edward P. Robinson, of Munster. Robinson was instrumental in helping to organize and build Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, having started his employment in 1967 as the Chief Executive Officer and serving as the Administrator since the hospital opened in 1973.

Through his ongoing leadership, the hospital has grown from 94 beds and 127 employees to 364 beds and more than 2,500 employees today. Today, the hospital offers a full range of medical specialties and is a part of the Community Healthcare System, the largest healthcare network in Northwest Indiana that also includes St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

“Mr. Robinson has helped guide Community Hospital from very humble beginnings into one of the finest healthcare organizations not only here in Northwest Indiana, but anywhere,” said Donald S. Powers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Healthcare System. “The board is deeply appreciative of his leadership and service to the hospital and our community.”

Robinson’s retirement was accepted Wednesday by the Board of Directors for Munster Medical Research Foundation (Community Hospital) and the Board of the Director of the hospital’s parent company, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CFNI). To provide for a smooth transition, Robinson will remain with the hospital until December 31, providing assistance to the Interim Administrator.

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The boards appointed John Gorski, CFNI Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for CFNI, to the post of Interim Administrator. Gorski began his career in 1982 with Community Hospital, where served as a member of the senior management team before his 2001 appointment with CFNI. In his current position, Gorski is responsible for the operations of the three hospitals within the Community Healthcare System, providing leadership to the hospital administrators under the direction of the CFNI Board of Directors.

A search will be conducted to hire a new administrator for the non-profit hospital, an individual that will also work to further the integration goals of the Community Healthcare System. A key objective in bringing together the three Northwest Indiana hospitals was to increase overall growth, improve operating efficiencies, build on best practices and realize capital to better serve the patients, physicians, and employees.

“As we evaluate new leadership for Community Hospital, we acknowledge many of the successes we can build on here, as well as the benefits that can be realized as part of this integrated healthcare system,” said David E. Wickland, President of the Hospital’s Board of Directors.

Robinson was conferred in 1997 an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. The author of numerous articles published in professional journals, Robinson has during his tenure at Community Hospital addressed a wide spectrum of issues from cost containment and staffing patterns to new partnerships at health care conferences on a local, state, national and international level. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from the Graduate School of Public Health of the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from that same institution.

In addition to his role as Hospital Administrator, Robinson has served on the board for the Community Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, a separate non-profit organization that works to improve cancer research opportunities for area patients. He has been a longtime member of the Board of Directors for Hospice of the Calumet Area, most recently serving as its president. He is also presently a member of the board for the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Robinson was instrumental in helping to construct the new Community Veterans Memorial Park in Munster. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years, stationed in Korea with the Fifth Air Force. He was also designated as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Air Force in 1950.