The Anderson Rotary Club recognized Beth Tharp, president and CEO at Community Hospital Anderson, with the Robert Shoemaker Community Image Award on Friday, June 3.
Tharp started her career as a floor nurse at Community Anderson over 30 years ago and after serving in various roles, was named the hospital’s president and CEO in 2012.
"Beth Tharp has demonstrated her commitment to improving the quality of life for people in Madison County, not just as the CEO of Community Hospital Anderson, but as a servant leader who was raised in this community and continues to serve individuals and organizations in various ways," said Stephanie Moran, president of the Rotary Club. "It is individuals like Beth that make our community great."
In a previous role as vice president of patient care services, Tharp oversaw maternity services, which grew to delivering nearly 70 percent of the county’s births and earning national recognition. She began the construction of a surgical suite on the obstetrics unit, allowing mothers needing cesarean sections to remain on the unit for their deliveries.
In 2004, Tharp was part of a team of Anderson University MBA students who put together a business plan for a clinical research center that opened the next year. Community Clinical Research Center recently celebrated its 10th year providing local patients with access to new medicines and treatments that otherwise would not have been available.
In 2010, she led a team that developed the Center for Advanced Wound Healing, opening the county’s only advanced wound care center.
Tharp is active in the community, serving on multiple boards, including United Way, the Anderson Impact Center, The Crossing, Madison County Community Foundation, the Corporation for Economic Development and Madison County Health Partners. She is also a member of the Indiana Hospital Association Governance Council.