Gary G. Kendrick of Washington, Ind., chief executive officer of Lincoln Health System here from 1995 to 2008, passed away Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018). He was 67.

Kendrick began working for Lincoln Health System in December 1995 as the interim CEO and later accepted the position as CEO. During his 12-plus years at LHS, he worked to increase the physician community from 17 active physicians in 1995 to 35 physicians active on staff in 2008, along with a large number of consulting physicians in many specialties.

He directed the design and construction of the $26 million medical campus, consisting of Lincoln Medical Center, a medical office building, laundry building, and emergency medical services building.

He also led the addition of new services, including behavioral health, a sleep disorder clinic, an in-patient MRI unit, and a PAC system in the diagnostic imaging department. He was also instrumental in the implementation and growth of the Lincoln Health System Foundation.

In December of 2015, Kendrick was honored by Trinity University where he had earned his master’s degree in health care administration in 1980. At the time of the recognition, Kendrick said of his accomplishments here, “In my entire 35-year career, it was without a doubt the accomplishment I am most proud of.”

Kendrick began his career with Hospital Corporation of America/Quorum Health Resources where he was an immediate standout. He left Quorum in 2011 and began working as an interim CEO for various companies. His work took him to community hospitals in Indiana, Wyoming, Kentucky, Georgia and Texas.

He most recently served as interim CEO at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Texas.

Arrangements were not available as of The Times’ deadline Monday.

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