Meet Kenneth Jones—CEO of St. Joseph Hospital

| October 24, 2014
St. Joseph Hospital CEO Kenneth Jones

St. Joseph Hospital CEO Kenneth Jones

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

Check this out: It’s not everyday that one of our readers contact me to shine the spotlight upon a CEO of a hospital here in our city of Fort Wayne, Ind., and it happened so I was delighted—delighted enough to bring him to you.

First, this is what someone else in the field had to say about him:

“Kenneth’s experience as a leader in both hospital and physician practice settings lends itself well to the opportunities he’ll encounter running a facility located in an area that’s expected to receive an influx of new residents in the very near future,” said Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Health Network. “His perspective as an administrator, husband and father of two young children will be important to a growing hospital in a revitalized downtown.  His professional development and community involvement includes earning a Six Sigma Green Belt certification, being a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, board membership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Science Central, Turnstone and Fort Wayne Urban League.”

Now, we’re delighted to bring the man of the hour to you in his own words:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Kenneth Jones and I’m the CEO of St. Joseph Hospital and I was chosen by St. Joe’s board of trustees to fill the hospital’s highest administrative position and my official start date was July 28, 2014.

“Before I came to St. Joe Hospital, I was CEO of the Orthopedic Hospital in March 2013.  In October, the Orthopedic Hospital was recognized for the third time in as many years by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for surgical care.

“My responsibilities as the CEO are to manage the day to day management of the hospital, to evaluate everything within this hospital which also includes customer service, quality from a medical staff standpoint and patience experience standpoint.  I also look for strategies to meet the needs of the community and the population these are  some of the things that I focus on.  We’re taking a balanced approach to make sure that our employees, physicians and patience are all getting what they need for good outcomes and results.  

“I was born in Atlanta and raised in nearby Decatur, Ga., and moved to Fort Wayne in March 2013.  I was already in a practice in Florida that was orthopedic in focus and I got a call from a recruiter about the job opportunity here and I thought it was a good career move, as it relates, to my overall career goals. And, that’s how I found out about Fort Wayne.  And, the more I get to learn about the city and the people here and what it has to offer, it’s really growing on me.      

“I’m excited to be a part of the energy that’s being generated in downtown Fort Wayne.  The commitment Lutheran Health Network and St. Joseph Hospital made nearly 16 years ago to modernize the hospital, while providing quality care, for those living in and around the heart of the city continues to be fulfilled daily. I don’t think you can underestimate how important it is for a growing central city to have a strong, full-service hospital and vice versa.  

“As far as, my education and background, I earned my Master’s in Healthcare Administration and my Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and I received my Bachelor’s in Biology from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 2000.  Prior to arriving in Fort Wayne, I was the CEO of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla.  I also served in administrative and leadership positions at hospitals in Florida and Georgia and I was responsible for overseeing multiple areas, including neurosciences, surgical services, orthopedics and ambulatory care.  At the beginning of my professional career, I was administrator of the ambulatory surgery center at Duke University Hospital and I was also part of the administrative fellowship program.

“Growing up, I always had an interest in healthcare.  My grandmother was a nurse by trade, so I was really involved in various parts of healthcare providing.  Whether it was taking people to the doctor’s office, volunteering at the hospital or volunteering at a practice.  When I was in college my focus was more on the clinical side, as far as, physician assistant and physical therapy.  But towards the end of my college career, I started becoming more interested in the business side.  So I started researching healthcare administration and determined, that based on my career interest in healthcare and my passion for business it would be a good mix, as far as, healthcare management and it was a good career choice.

“Words of encouragement  to our youth: Healthcare is something that impacts every single person and we have to take more responsibility for our healthcare.  We need leaders in the community that are able to encourage others to take responsibility for their healthcare and to have access to services.  The healthcare field that I’m in requires good critical thinking skills and good communication skills.  But, if you want to be challenged and do something different everyday and if you want to have a variety in what you do, then this could be something that could be right up your alley.  It’s something that I enjoy doing and from a work standpoint, you have to really enjoy what you do and who you work with because it requires a lot of interaction with people, patients and staff.  And, that’s kind of why I’m attracted to it and I enjoy it today.  St. Joseph is a great hospital and our goals are to make sure that the local community patients, employees, physicians have a strong hospital and we’re here.”

Now in closing I say, Kenneth, I’m so proud of you and keep up the great work!  To our readers: Before now, I haven’t visited St. Joe Hospital in years and it was like a ghost town then but not anymore.  It’s beautiful and they have courtesy people working in the reception area that’s eager to help and the staff was very friendly.  My visit there, was very refreshing.  So until next week you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye, bye babies.

P.S.  If you would like the Spotlight shined on you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to, I’d love to hear from you.


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