Lutheran Hospital Welcomes New COO
Addition of Erica Wehrmeister rounds out administrative team
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 11, 2012) – Brian Bauer’s first order of business after being introduced as Lutheran Hospital’s chief executive officer last June was to initiate a thorough search to select his second-in-command. That process came to a successful close Jan. 1 when Erica Wehrmeister officially took the reigns as chief operating officer.
Wehrmeister arrived at Lutheran from sister facility Dupont Hospital, where she served on the administrative team since January 2010.
Wehrmeister has worked in local healthcare for more than a decade. Prior to joining Lutheran Health Network, she served in various leadership roles including clinical coordinator of the ambulatory surgery center at Ortho NorthEast.
“Erica has a wealth of clinical experience and is a strong advocate for the patient,” said Bauer. “Those are great attributes to have when your primary focus is the daily operations of the organization. We’re already benefitting from her tireless work ethic and her strong relationships in the community and among the members of the medical staff.”
Wehrmeister earned a Purdue University associate degree in nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ball State University in 2009. She completed her MBA/MHA from Indiana Tech in 2011. She’s active in the community and has served on several boards including the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and Super Shot.
“I am very passionate about healthcare and love coming to work every day because I know that we are truly making a difference in our patients’ lives,” said Wehrmeister. “I am very honored and excited to be Lutheran Hospital’s COO.”
Wehrmeister’s responsibilities as Lutheran’s COO include, but are not limited to, oversight of ancillary services such as, laboratory, radiology, plant operations, biomedical engineering, environmental services, surgery, primary life services, rehabilitation, pharmacy and nutritional services.