NEW ALBANY, IND. — A registered nurse turned pioneering hospital administrator – and with 13 years of experience in Hoosier healthcare – has been named president at Baptist Health Floyd. Matthew Bailey, who took the interim position last November, will remain on board until Sept. 4.
Mike Schroyer will begin work July 20. The Noblesville, Ind. resident was chosen following a nationwide search by a community-based committee. He is currently president for St. Vincent Anderson Northeast Region. The Illinois native has worked with the St. Vincent Health system since 2007, starting as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer for its Heart Center of Indiana.
“Mike’s experience in providing exceptional heart care, in physician development and recruitment and knack for growing medical services make him a great fit for Baptist Health Floyd,” said Diane Murphy, hospital board chair. “We look forward to working with him to further cement Baptist Health Floyd’s place as Southern Indiana’s preferred hospital.”
Schroyer said the choice to take the reins at Baptist Health Floyd was a natural one. “They have the kind of atmosphere that I like to be in – it’s a faith-based organization which is what I prefer. Baptist Health Floyd has much to offer and it’s a hidden gem. There is a lot of opportunity with the entire team there to grow what they’re doing and show the community what we can do in achieving great outcomes for our patients.”
His interest in healthcare is rooted in childhood illness. When he was 16, Schroyer got his first healthcare job as an orderly at his hometown hospital in Princeton, Ill. With an original goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist, he worked and studied. But that journey took a detour into critical care nursing and then into leadership.
A prayer for guidance resulted in his first management position at a large Chicago hospital. “I believe prayers are always answered in time, and I have continued to pray for guidance throughout my career,” he said.
His management style is grounded in servant leadership, with an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration. “As a clinician, it helps me to see both the clinical and administrative worlds, and really helps with physician relations,” he added. “We need to make sure we are taking great care of our patients – top-notch care – and that we do it together as a team.”
As regional president with St. Vincent Health, he directed strategic growth planning, retention and financial management. He also established telemedicine sites, a growing area of healthcare.
Schroyer is best known for creating and implementing the nation’s first all-digital and paperless cardiovascular hospital. He has been involved in the startup of eight high-tech heart hospitals, construction of two hospitals and assisted with the design and development of seven other heart hospitals.
Prior to joining St Vincent, he led the cardiovascular program at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. Earlier roles in his 20-year career include clinical leadership positions in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama.
He and his wife Joy, who is also a registered nurse, have three adult children.