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Dr. VanNess was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as the Indiana State Health Commissioner on January 14, 2013. He has served as a member of the Executive Board for the Indiana State Department of Health from 2006 to 2012.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. VanNess served as president and CEO of Community Hospital of Anderson and Madison County from May 1997 until January 1, 2013. Community Hospital of Anderson is an affiliate of Community Health Network.
Before becoming president of Community Hospital, Dr. VanNess was medical director at Countryside Manor in Anderson, as well as owner/medical director of Summit Convalescent Center in Summitville. From 1973-1997, he practiced family medicine at his clinic in Summitville, while also working at Community Hospital Anderson and St. John’s Medical Center in Anderson.
Dr. VanNess served as president of the Indiana State Medical Association from 1993-1994. He is also a former president of the Madison County Medical Society and was recognized as a 2002 laureate of the Madison County Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement.
Dr. VanNess has 39 years of health care experience in Indiana, including 24 years in active practice as a board certified family physician. Dr. VanNess holds a bachelors degree from Butler University and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.