At Adams Memorial Hospital, our leadership team is responsible for guiding everything from daily operations to patient care. Get to know the individuals who have helped build Adams Memorial Hospital into what it is today.
Scott Smith, M.D., MBA, started at Adams in 1998 as a family medicine resident moonlighting in the Emergency Department. Upon completion of his residency with the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in 2000, Dr. Smith became a full-time Adams Emergency Department physician. He served in various leadership roles before becoming Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Adams Health Network in January 2020.
Dr. Smith grew up in northeast Indiana and graduated from Angola High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston and earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. In the spring of 2020, he graduated from the IU Kelley School of Business Physician MBA Program.
Dane Wheeler, CPA, CFE, FACHE, HFA
Chief Financial Officer | Director of Senior Living Services
Dane Wheeler, CPA, CFE, FACHE, HFA, started as CFO at Adams in 2009. Before that, Dane was a health care partner with the CPA firm Clifton Gunderson in Indianapolis. In 2016, Dane obtained his Nursing Home Administrator’s license and currently serves at the Director of Senior Living Services for Adams Health Network in addition to his responsibilities as CFO.
Dane is a native of Whitley County and a graduate of Columbia City High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Hillsdale College and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He is also a certified public accountant and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Nick Nelson, CIO
Chief Information Officer
Nick Nelson, CIO, has been with Adams Health Network since 2006. He has a master’s degree in information technology management from Western Governors University. Nick leads all IT efforts for Adams Health Network, including biomedical services, environmental services, facilities, grounds, transportation and dietary services.
Chris Butler, MHA, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Chris Butler, MHA, BSN, joined the Adams community as Chief Nursing Officer in August 2020. Prior to that, she worked in surgical services coordination at Lutheran Hospital and served as administrator and clinical director of Inverness Surgery Center in Fort Wayne. Most recently, Chris was the executive director of clinical operations for Dupont Hospital.
Chris grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. She began her nursing training at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Scranton. She also has a Master of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Adam Miller, J.D.
IN HOUSE LEGAL COUNSEL
Adam Miller, J.D., began representing Adams and its Board of Trustees in 1999. He recently has begun serving as in-house legal counsel two days each week and by the Spring of 2022 will be full-time in-house counsel. Adam grew up in Adams County and graduated from Adams Central Community Schools. He completed his undergraduate studies at the St. Francis College (now University of St. Francis) in Fort Wayne in 1985 and earned his juris doctorate degree at Ohio Northern University School of Law in 1988.