(L to R:) Ruby Riley, former Methodist Hospital nursing leader, Ken Reed, award honoree, and Kevin Armstrong, Methodist Health Foundation president, reunite at IU Health Methodist Hospital for a Beacon rededication ceremony and Lifetime Achievement Awards presentation.
Methodist Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of one of Indiana’s oldest hospitals, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, has recognized Kenneth E. Reed, Ph.D., with the Beacon Lifetime Achievement Award in Religion.
The hospital is a descendant of the early Methodist Hospital, founded in 1899 by a vote of the Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Reed’s award was given in September at a rededication of the renovated Beacon Lighthouse of Hope atop IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Reed joined Methodist Hospital in 1958 as a newly-minted Ph.D. and associate to the hospital’s senior chaplain. He made his mark as an advocate for physical, psychological and spiritual healing. “Holistic medicine didn’t gain popularity until the 1970s, but Ken Reed was already practicing it here at Methodist a decade before that,” says Kevin Armstrong, president of Methodist Health Foundation.
Reed eventually served as director of Chaplaincy Services, where he started a robust pastoral education program of ministerial internships and residencies. With his colleagues, Reed also built a pastoral care and family counseling program, putting chaplains in touch with patients in neighborhood health centers in Indianapolis.
Armstrong says Reed was a strong communicator and a skilled leader who helped steer the organization through some of its most challenging transitions. “Dr. Reed was instrumental in authoring the mission and values statement that has informed decisions by our governing board, and he played a critical role in developing the agreement between the United Methodist Church and Clarian Health during that merger,” says Armstrong.
Reed says he observed many changes in healthcare, including the rising interest in medical ethics. That led to his appointment to the hospital’s Medical Ethics Committee. He retired as vice president of Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Pastoral Services.
To learn more about the Beacon renovation and Methodist Health Foundation, visit www.methodisthealthfoundation.org.