Since 1997, James P. Alender served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Regional Health System.
On July 1, 2012, Alender assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Howard Regional Health, Inc., a new corporation formed as a result of Howard Regional's affiliation with Community Health Network, Indianapolis.
Prior to his healthcare career, Alender served as District President of Key Bank, Kokomo; President and CEO of Ameritrust Bank NA, Central Indiana; and in several other executive positions in the banking industry.
A graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and Commercial Finance, Alender served as adjunct faculty at Indiana University Kokomo and is an associate member of the American College of Health Care Executives from which he received the 2003 Northern Indiana Regents Award and was named the 2003 Hospital Administrator of the Year.
Alender currently serves as Chairman of the Indiana University Kokomo Advisory Board.
co-chaired the Indiana University
Kokomo 2003-2004 Kresge Science Initiative, which raised more than one-half million dollars for a science equipment endowment.
is the 2006 recipient of the Indiana University
Kokomo Distinguished Service Award and the 2008 recipient of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Public Affairs Service Award
A current director on the Board of Salin Bank & Trust Company NA, and board member/past chairman of VHA Central-Indiana representing 59 hospitals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan, Alender is also a member of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance; the Kokomo Noon Rotary Club; the Kokomo Country Club; the Investment Committee of Community Foundation of Howard County; and the Council on Government Relations of Indiana Hospital & Health Association.
He currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of the Board of Managers of the Community Howard Specialty Hospital, LLC; President of the Kokomo Sports Center LLC; and Vice President of Mandery Surgical, LLC.