Meet the leaders working to improve health care in Indiana.
Brian Tabor – President
Brian Tabor serves as president of the Indiana Hospital Association, which represents the interests of approximately 170 Indiana hospitals. The association is the chief advocate for hospitals and their patients, representing their interests with the State of Indiana, the federal government, the business community, regulatory agencies, accrediting bodies, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining IHA in 2008 as vice president, he worked in various policy roles for the Indiana General Assembly and in government relations for the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. Tabor currently serves on several governing boards, including Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the Sycamore School, and the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute. He is also the 2016-17 president of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana. Tabor graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in political science and an M.S. in agricultural economics.
Cathy Armold – Vice President, Member Services
Cathy Armold is vice president of member services for Indiana Hospital Association. Her responsibilities fall in the areas of education, IHA's Board of Directors, IHA's corporate sponsors, and overall member relations. In her role, Cathy plans and directs all aspects of IHA's educational offerings and serves as the liaison to IHA's corporate partners, underwriters and sponsors. Cathy has been with IHA since 1976 and has held a number of positions in education, finance, public relations, and the President's office.
Matthew Browning – Vice President, Data and Member Solutions
Matthew Browning is vice president of data and member solutions for the Indiana Hospital Association. In this role, he provides data, analytics, and strategy support to all members, as well as oversees IHA's Inpatient Discharge Studies, Outpatient Study, Comparative Outcome Profile, and other data collection projects. His duties include continual evaluation of the effectiveness of the association's data analytics resources, strategic planning, and monitoring of issues related to health information technology, including privacy and security. Prior to his role at IHA, Matthew served as executive director - strategic programming for Hendricks Regional Health. He provided administrative leadership for quality, patient safety, risk management, infection prevention, performance improvement, patient experience, hospital security, pastoral and mission integration services, leasing and real estate operations, and strategic planning and decision support. Matthew currently has an MHA from Indiana University, a MBA from the University of Indianapolis, and is currently CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality) certified. Matthew currently serves as on several boards, including the Hendricks County Parks Foundation and is currently commissioner on the Town of Brownsburg’s Redevelopment Commission. He has past board appointments at Safe Sitter, the Indiana Hospital Association, and Marian University.
Terry Cole – Vice President, Finance
Terry Cole is IHA's vice president of finance and oversees all accounting and financial matters, as well as human resources for the association. Her responsibilities in this role include serving as the staff liaison to six IHA districts as well as the IHA Council on Finance. Prior to joining IHA, Terry served as Chief Financial Officer of MDwise. In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing the budget and accounting systems for MDwise and its four entities, including MDwise, Inc., MDwise Marketplace, Inc., MDwise Network, Inc., and MDwise Medicaid Network, Inc. In addition, she was responsible for ensuring compliance to the state’s requirements for financial performance and reporting. Prior to her experience at MDwise, Terry spent 11 years in public accounting serving as a financial auditor and health care consultant. Her veteran health care experience also includes positions as Director of Government Reimbursement programs at both Ascension Health and Clarian Health Partners (Indiana University Health), and Senior Manager at Blue & Co. Terry received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Julie Halbig – Vice President, Legislative Relations
Julie Halbig is the vice president of legislative relations at IHA and is responsible for overseeing IHA’s advocacy efforts. She develops and implements strategies to advance the association’s agenda and positions IHA as a primary public policy leader in Indiana. Before joining IHA, she served as vice president of governmental relations and community engagement at Ball State University. As a member of the president’s cabinet at Ball State, Julie managed a 28-member division that coordinated local, regional and statewide outreach and engagement. In addition to her work at Ball State, Julie’s background includes extensive experience in state government, serving the Indiana House of Representatives as the chief of staff and chief counsel to House Speaker Brian Bosma and the Indiana Republican Caucus. She has also served as an attorney providing legislative counsel to clients of both Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman and Taft, Stettinius and Hollister. Julie is a graduate of Indiana University and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI. In her off hours, Julie continues to serve the community by being involved in the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.
Karin Kennedy – Administrative Director, Indiana Patient Safety Center
Karin Kennedy is administrative director of the Indiana Patient Safety Center. Karin joined IHA in 2012 as patient safety and quality advisor to implement Indiana's Hospital Engagement Network in support of Partnership for Patients, a national initiative focused on reducing hospital-acquired infections by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent. Kennedy has more than 20 years of health care experience in marketing, communications and quality improvement. Prior to her role with IHA, she served as vice president of client services at Health Care Excel, where she oversaw the quality improvement and utilization operations for private sector and government clients.
Dixie Platt – Vice President, Communications and Federal Relations
Dixie Platt is the vice president for communications and federal relations. Prior to joining IHA in December of 2018, she served as vice president, marketing and communications for Indianapolis-based Community Health Network. She also was a senior executive with SSM Health, based in St. Louis, MO where she oversaw multiple functions including government relations, communications, and strategic planning. In addition to health care experience, Dixie worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and as a television news producer and writer. She holds a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Andrew VanZee, FACHE – Vice President, Workforce
Andrew VanZee is vice president at the Indiana Hospital Association, where he helps IHA members improve health care operations, information technology systems and cybersecurity, and implement telemedicine capabilities. Prior to joining IHA, VanZee worked for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration as chief quality officer and health IT director. VanZee also worked for the state of Indiana as CEO of Indiana Health Information Technology. Previously, VanZee served as vice president of operations and provider networks at Logansport Memorial Hospital. VanZee holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, a Master of Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Knox College. In his spare time, Andrew volunteers as a youth coach for Zionsville Little League and Zionsville Youth Soccer Association.