Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Packnett named Sagamore of the Wabash

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019

Michael J. Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health, was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. The award was presented to Packnett by Dave Haist, chairman of the Parkview Health board of directors, and John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, on behalf of Gov. Holcomb at Parkview’s quarterly leadership meeting at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation.

The Sagamore of the Wabash award is Indiana’s highest civilian honor. It is given to exemplary Hoosiers in recognition of their distinguished statewide service.

“Reflecting true servant leadership, Mike is ‘all in’ in his service and leadership to Parkview and Northeast Indiana,” Sampson said. “His personal commitment to excellence in the health and well-being of patients and communities has positioned Parkview Health as a distinguished leader in the economic growth and quality of place of Fort Wayne and our region. It is a privilege to present this award to Mike on behalf of Gov. Holcomb.”

“Mike is one of the most respected leaders in the Fort Wayne community,” Gov. Holcomb said. “In particular, his great work addressing the opioid crisis and infant mortality in northeast Indiana has been vital to helping us take our state to the next level.”

Packnett is very active in the Fort Wayne community and serves on several boards throughout the region including Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, Manchester University, Global Leadership Summit, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Indiana Hospital Association. He also serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy board of directors.

“On behalf of the Parkview Health Board, Mike is an amazing leader. He exemplifies the culture of Parkview to all critical constituencies: Our patients, boards, teams, leadership, the community and the wider world that touches our communities,” said Haist. “We are blessed to have Mike leading Parkview and driving his vision for all of our constituencies.”

Packnett has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created during the term of Indiana Gov. Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. The current Indiana governor determines how the award is distributed. The award is considered a personal tribute by a sitting governor, usually bestowed upon those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state.

Michael J. Packnett, center, president and CEO of Parkview Health, displays the Sagamore of the Wabash award, which was presented to him at Parkview Health’s quarterly leadership meeting April 12. With Packnett is John Sampson, of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, left, and Dave Haist, chairman of the Parkview Health board of directors.