Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering

Advisory Council

Denny Armington Denny Armington, MHA
Chief Executive Officer
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

Denny Armington is the Chief Executive Officer of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Inc. Mr. Armington came to RHI in 2000, previously managing the West Coast Operations Division for RehabCare Group. Prior to that, Mr. Armington held administrative/director positions in public and private rehabilitation companies, disease management companies, and public and private, not for profit rehabilitation and acute care hospitals.

Mr. Armington is active in the hospital industry serving on local and regional industry related committees and task forces and serving as a voluntary surveyor for CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Armington holds a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa.

Peter A. Bisbecos Peter A. Bisbecos
Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Peter Bisbecos is the Director of the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) in the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. DDRS is responsible for the majority of disability services offered by the state of Indiana. Since January 2005, DDRS has undertaken a series of reforms that have saved roughly $100 million dollars out of a $1 billion annual budget. These savings are being invested in new services for people with disabilities, including contracts for: a statewide unified case management system, a statewide crisis management system, a statewide outreach program that provides consultation and training for providers, a direct service professional curriculum resulting in college credits, and a contract for new quality assurance system that is currently in the procurement process.

William Field William Field
Professor Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Breaking New Ground Outreach Program

William E. Field is a Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. Bill received his B.S. from the State University College at Buffalo, New York, and his M.A. and Ed.D from the University of Minnesota. He began as extension safety specialist and assistant professor in Agricultural Engineering at Purdue in 1977. Bill provides leadership for both the department and Purdue University's agricultural health and safety program which includes teaching, research and extension education components. He also supervises the Breaking New Ground Outreach Program which provides assistance to farmers with physical handicaps.

Bill received the first Hoosier Safety Council Award presented in 1987, the USDA Superior Service Award in 1989, the Eric G. Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award for services to the people of rural Indiana in 1989. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Agricultural Editor's Association for his contributions to the field of agricultural safety and health education. In 2002, he received the Sagamore of the Wabash from Indiana's Governor for services to rural residents of the state. In 2004 he was the recipient of the M.L. King Spirit of Justice Award for his work with farm families impacted by disability.

Robert E. Hannemann Robert E. Hannemann
Visiting Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering

Robert E. Hannemann is professor of biomedical and chemical engineering at the current chair of the Healthcare Engineering (HCE) Signature Area at Purdue University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue and worked for Sinclair Oil Co. and U.S. Army Chemical Corps. He attended Indiana University Medical School and started the pediatric department at the Arnett Clinic in Lafayette, Ind. in 1962. Hannemann maintained his pediatric practice through 2000, and is a Purdue visiting professor in chemical engineering (since 1969), child psychology (since 1973), and biomedical engineering (since 1998). He has served as the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is currently a member of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.

Wade Wingler Wade Wingler
Director of Assistive Technology Center
Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Hospital

M. Wade Wingler, ATP is the Director of Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Center. He is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner and has worked in the field of assistive technology for over fifteen years. He oversees The Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project, the operation of Easter Seals Crossroads’ assistive technology program and was the 2002 Lou Lowenkron award winner, which is awarded to a national leader in rehabilitation program innovation.

Steve Witz Steve Witz, Ph.D, MPH
Director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering

Steve Witz joined the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) at Purdue University in January of 2006 as its first director. RCHE is a multidisciplinary research initiative focusing on ways to improve healthcare delivery.

Prior to this position, Dr. Witz was the President and CEO of St. Patrick Hospital and Health Science Center in Missoula, Montana. He was instrumental in the formation of the Northern Rockies Healthcare Alliance, a network of six hospitals linked through medical and information technologies. The network was a model for improving access and continuity of healthcare services in a rural setting.

In addition to serving as a hospital administrator, Dr. Witz has sought opportunities to be involved in academic pursuits and has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

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