Jane Keller ’00 fills many roles. She’s a nurse, a wife, a mom… and she’s also CEO of OrthoIndy and OrthoIndy Hospital, Indiana’s largest orthopedic provider.
It’s a position she never imagined filling until she earned an MBA from Butler.
“My classes at Butler taught me a lot about servant leadership and networking,” she said.
Keller graduated from Ball State University in 1988 with a degree in nursing. Afterwards she worked for Methodist Hospital as a nurse, patient care manager, clinical manager, and the Director of Perioperative Performance.
Keller began working at OrthoIndy as the Executive Director/Nursing Director of the surgery centers while she was earning her MBA.
She was promoted to OrthoIndy’s Chief Nursing Officer in 2005, when the hospital was built. Just one year later she became the hospital’s CEO.
“I call it my child,” Keller said. “The hospital opened in 2005, and I really was in on it from the ground floor, helping design it and hire the staff that worked in it.”
In 2013, she was named the Chief Executive Officer of OrthoIndy and OrthoIndy Hospital. She’s busier than ever, especially with three kids and a husband at home in Zionsville. But, she said the connections she forges with patients and providers are worth it.
“I spend a lot of time building relationships with our physicians, talking to them about operations and strategizing going forward,” she said. “There is a lot of emphasis on our patients and making sure they get excellent quality care, as well as making sure employees get what they need to do their jobs well.”
Those physicians can perform up to 70 surgeries a day at the hospital. At its three main and three satellite locations, physicians see up to 1,000 patients a day. Keller said her ability to organize that many people is a reflection of her time at Butler.
“Team building, development, trying to pull people together, getting people to learn to work through conflict—I learned all of those things at Butler.”