Today I am sending good wishes to Pat Fox. On May 31, she will retire as Riverview Health CEO and president in Noblesville, Indiana, and begin a new chapter in her life after an outstanding 45-year career in healthcare.
Pat is a true one-of-a-kind individual who brings passion, drive, and purpose to everything she does. Her leadership and vision has sparked a tremendous amount of growth at Riverview Health in her 12 years as CEO. Since Pat joined Riverview in 2000 as chief operating officer, Riverview built a Women’s Pavilion, opened a new emergency room and renovated nearly every department in the hospital, including med-surg, radiology, and cardiology, and now offers 55 facilities in Hamilton and Tipton counties. She leaves the organization in a strong position of growth as it embarks on a new $36 million outpatient care center in Westfield and a $44 million expansion at the flagship hospital in Noblesville.
Yet, Pat says she’s most proud of the community partnerships Riverview formed with Noblesville and Westfield schools during her tenure to offer school nurses, sports medicine for athletic teams, and on-site clinics for school employees.
In retirement, she will remain focused on bettering the Hamilton County community, continuing to serve on various boards. She also plans to maintain her passion for running in marathons. All of us at American Structurepoint salute her many professional accomplishments and her contributions to community-based medicine.
Our company is so proud to thank Indianapolis for our 50 years of successful growth by investing $250,000 to increase STEM education at Indianapolis Public Schools. In March, we announced a partnership with IPS and Project Lead The Way that will make it possible for every IPS elementary school, middle school, and high school to offer PLTW programs to their students beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
The gift is a cornerstone of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2016. I firmly believe there is no better way for us to say thank you to the city of Indianapolis for our prosperity than to invest in the youth in our community that we serve.
Project Lead the Way, headquartered in Indianapolis just like American Structurepoint, provides highly transformative learning experiences for K-12 students, enabling them to develop in-demand skills in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Its programs are currently utilized in over 8,000 schools throughout the US. We feel it is only fitting that every IPS student experience the same opportunity that thousands of students nationwide already enjoy.
Even more fulfilling than the initial investment is the dividends these programs will pay forward in the years to come. We believe this next step in providing STEM opportunities to IPS students will lead to increased graduation rates; inspire more students to pursue a STEM curriculum in higher education; and ultimately, result in rewarding careers in science, technology and engineering—hopefully right here in Indiana.
I invite you to watch the recently posted video from the PLTW Summit where Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced our partnership. All of us at American Structurepoint look forward to being involved in how this partnership blooms and grows.