Matthew Gutwein to resign as president, CEO of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County

Published on Monday, 24 August 2020 15:27

August 24, 2020

“It is with a heart filled with gratitude for all we have accomplished together for our community that I announce my resignation as president and CEO of the Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC) of Marion County. After more than 18 deeply rewarding years, it is time for a new leader to build upon our achievements and continue this critically important work for the residents of Marion County. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role. My final day will be September 30.

I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have had many opportunities to work to contribute to the greater good. And while this chapter is coming to a close, I will continue to be an admirer and supporter of the employees of each of HHC’s divisions.

I have unending appreciation for all of my colleagues, who demonstrate daily their extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable and have worked so hard to address society’s inequities. I am proud of what we accomplished collectively, but our work never ends.

Over the next 30+ days, I look forward to collaborating with the Board of Trustees, the entire HHC team and our stakeholders on a successful transition, and I will always be an ambassador for accessible, equitable, high quality health care.” – Matthew Gutwein


“Matthew Gutwein shared with us that after 18 years, he is deciding to end his tenure as HHC president & CEO. We thank Mr. Gutwein for his many years of service and look forward to conducting an immediate national search for his successor.

We remain as committed as ever to promoting good health throughout the community and believe that every resident of Marion County should receive medical treatment and public health services in a friendly environment, free from barriers to care resulting from race, gender, age, sexual orientation or other cultural and social factors.

Mr. Gutwein embodied this mission. His legacy will be felt for many years to come, and he has graciously agreed to collaborate toward a successful transition.” – Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Board of Trustees


Matthew Gutwein Bio

Matthew R. Gutwein, 57, is president and chief executive officer of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), a position he has held since 2003. HHC is comprised of Eskenazi Health, Eskenazi Health Foundation, Marion County Public Health Department, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service, HHC Division of Long Term Care, Eskenazi Medical Group and Lions Insurance Company.

During Gutwein’s tenure, HHC constructed the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The hospital was completed on schedule and on budget, and 31% of its construction contracts were awarded to businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans or persons with disabilities. It is among the first LEED gold-certified hospital campuses in the United States and has received local and national recognition for its holistic and innovative models of care, including its extensive use of fresh foods, art and gardens and its sustainable design.

Strategies to improve patient care have positioned Eskenazi Health to respond effectively to the pandemic, resulting in improved outcomes for the vulnerable individuals primarily affected.

Prior to joining HHC, Gutwein practiced law. He was a partner at Faegre Drinker, adjunct professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, chief counsel to Gov. Evan Bayh and special counsel to Indiana Attorney General Pamela Carter. He had served as an associate with Johnson Smith and Onek, Klein & Farr and was a law clerk for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Gutwein presented oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994), resulting in a favorable 9-0 decision. He also represented the State of Indiana before the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court in Michael Tyson v. State of Indiana. He was named one of Indiana’s Top Ten Super Lawyers.

Gutwein received a B.A. with high honors from Indiana University in 1985 and a J.D. summa cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1988, where he graduated first in his class. He was a John H. Edwards Fellow, Indiana University’s highest academic prize.

Gutwein has served on the boards of directors of Newfields, the Economic Club, the Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, JumpIN for Health, Eskenazi Health Foundation, Eskenazi Medical Group and 16 Tech Community Corporation. He also served on the Board of Visitors of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was co-chair of Indianapolis Bicentennial Plan 2020.

Among other honors, Gutwein has received the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Indiana Business Hall of Fame Laureate, IBJ Healthcare Hero Award, Mosel Sanders Drum Major for Justice Award, AFSCME Local 62 Leadership Award, Benjamin Harrison Public Service Award, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award and the AIA Indianapolis Architecture and Design Champion Award.

Gutwein is a native Hoosier from Monon, Ind.

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