by Stacie Ball
A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne (minus 2 years in Minneapolis), Michael GeRue has poured his heart and soul into the community. He began his career at Parkview in 1989 as an orderly while in high school, attended nursing school at University of St. Francis, was a nurse in the Surgical Trauma ICU, and served as Nursing Manager, Director and SVP Neurosciences. In December 2011, he assumed his current role as COO of the Parkview Heart Institute (PHI). The number of people he impacts is humbling for him.
“In leadership, I am able to drive changes that impact the lives of 1000’s of patients and families. Leadership comes with responsibility and accountability to those we serve,” GeRue stated.
He has been involved in many initiatives to optimize patient care, but two stand out. In the early 2010’s, he worked on Tele-stroke and cardiac arrest hypothermia protocols. Tele-stroke is a web-based program that allows Neurologists to see and direct care for patients in outlying hospitals who are exhibiting stroke symptoms. Hypothermia cools patients who are suffering from a heart attack to 34 degrees Celsius for 24 hours.
Another accomplishment occurred in 2019 when GeRue led a team that attained affiliation with Cleveland Clinic. “In our first year, we have strengthened our care delivery and have developed strategies to further expand our programs and services,” he explained.
“Proud moments occur daily as I observe the dedicated staff and leadership of the Parkview Heart Institute,” GeRue said when asked about his proudest moment. “COVID has given those in health care many challenges with care delivery, and the teams within PHI and across the health system have stepped up to deliver care to patients when they need us the most.”
When not at work, you can find GeRue spending time with his lovely wife of 20 years and their four children. Home activities center around cheering on the Green Bay Packers, enjoying the outdoors and golf.
“Weekends from March to October are dedicated to golf, driving around Indiana, and walking the courses,” he said. “Watching our children compete in tournaments, facing adversity, and celebrating successes are some of the proudest moments for us as parents.”
GeRue spoke highly of his engagement with two nonprofit organizations: Science Central and Community Transportation Network (CTN). Serving on committees, the board and acting as board chair with both organizations are personal highlights.
“Both organizations are growing and adapting to the needs of our community. I am proud of the successes and their long-term structure,” he said. “It has been fun to serve; something I recommend others do.”
GeRue defines success as setting and achieving goals with a team, but he adds another important piece: “success is helping others grow and develop their leadership skills – mentoring our future leaders. I’ve had mentors in my career who helped lay foundation for success; paying it forward was as important for them as it is for me.”
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