After 28 years of serving Schneck Medical Center, Warren Forgey, president and chief executive officer, will retire Aug. 31.
Under his leadership, the Seymour hospital has secured a national reputation for quality medical care and leadership.
He has been instrumental in advancing patient-focused care, including leading two major expansion and renovation projects. The most recent project was a five-story medical office building and attached parking garage, completed in 2019.
Forgey, a Jackson County native, said it is the staff of Schneck that makes it stand out among other hospitals and businesses.
“The people who work at Schneck and care for patients and families at what is often the most difficult times in their lives is what I am most proud of — that I have had the opportunity to work with such a great team,” he said. “Because of their commitment to quality, satisfaction and continuous improvement, Schneck is now a top performer nationally in patient experience and quality.”
Forgey also has achieved significant improvements in operations, accomplishing cost efficiency while increasing patient satisfaction. Schneck has earned a debt rating of “A” from Standard and Poor’s and a rating of “AA-” from Fitch Ratings under Forgey’s leadership.
He joined Schneck in 1992 as assistant controller. He was promoted to vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer in 1996, executive vice president fiscal services/business development in 2012, then executive vice president and chief administrative and operations officer in 2014. Forgey was named president and CEO in 2015, replacing Gary Meyer.
He has been named a Rural Hospital CEO to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review every year since 2016. He also was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Hospital Association and the Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association.
Forgey was raised in Freetown and is a graduate of Brownstown Central High School, Indiana Institute of Technology and Rochester Institute of Technology. Before coming to Schneck, he worked at Bloomington Hospital for 15 years.
Rick Smith, chairman of the Schneck board of trustees, said the hospital has flourished with Forgey at the helm.
“Forgey is a passionate advocate for health care,” Smith said. “He has led a culture of innovation, improvement and proactive collaboration. Through his leadership and vision, Schneck Medical Center has grown into one of the largest and most respected health care providers in the region.”
The board soon will begin the process of searching for Forgey’s replacement, Smith said.