Dr. Tim Hobbs, the chief physician executive for Community Health Network, recently received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dr. Hobbs practiced primary care medicine in Anderson for 20 years. During this time, he realized that the quality of healthcare needed more organization. When he was asked to apply as a medical director to Community Health Network—which would mean leaving his practice—he agreed. Since then, his role with the Community Health Network has evolved into a chief executive office.
Community Health Network is an Indianapolis-based health network, which includes five hospitals and multiple entities. One of the major projects Dr. Hobbs is investing in is simplifying these entities with a single network board. While there are many logistical components to this transformation, Dr. Hobb’s focus is on the healthcare needs of the community.
“My job right now has never really been a career aspiration of mine,” explained Dr. Hobbs. “I have always wanted to improve the care delivered to patients and be a better advocate for them. Serving as an administrator furthers my love of practicing medicine, but lets me do my work on a larger scale. I do believe medicine is my calling, and this lets me influence and affect the most people.”
When Dr. Hobbs originally began working with Community Health Networks, he quickly found himself surrounded by senior leadership. His co-workers had business and accounting backgrounds, whereas his background was entirely clinical.
“We really spoke different languages,” said Dr. Hobbs. “And if I really wanted to improve patient care, I needed to learn their language—trying to understand how people thought in the business world, what was important to them and even what evoked emotional responses.”
As an Anderson University graduate, he felt that the AU MBA Program was a natural fit. He also liked the full two-year program, noting that it “didn’t cut corners.” He graduated in 2004 with his MBA.
Dr. Hobb’s proudest professional accomplishment is watching the culture and organization of patient quality develop where one did not exist before. Because of his and his co-workers’ efforts, Community Health Network can now measurably improve patient care.
“Healthcare itself is an exceedingly challenging field: the cost is such a burden to individuals and society,” said Dr. Hobbs. “The real question becomes, how do you improve healthcare but make it affordable and sustainable? We are in the midst of transformational times in healthcare, and it seems paradoxical, but the challenges are the opportunities.”