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From Partnership for A Secure America:

A fifth generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history, Senator Lugar is recognized as a gifted local and state leader, as well as a respected national and international statesman. During his tenure in the United States Senate, he exercised leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence, and free trade.


He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and he was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association. Her Majesty The Queen of England bestowed upon Senator Lugar the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in honor of his work to make the world more secure from weapons of mass destruction and his commitment to the U.S.-U.K. alliance. President Barack Obama named Senator Lugar a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Since Senator Lugar began his public service at the Federal Level he has been advocated for Rural Hoosiers and their healthcare needs. 

Key Legislation crafted by Senator Lugar in the 1980s still impacts rural hospitals and its providers today by adjusting reimbursement for rural hospitals. 

Read more about that initial effort here


Senator Lugar also Co-Sponsored the Equity for Rural Hospitals Act of 1989


IHA Recognizes Senator Lugar

John C. Render Award

“Many of Senator Lugar’s accomplishments, such as his work on nuclear disarmament and world hunger security, are very well known because he’s an international figure and deservedly so,” Render said. “Sometimes, because of that, some of his accomplishments in Indiana may have been overlooked. I’m humbled that an award that bears my name can be used to honor all he’s accomplished for health care in Indiana.”

Pictured: Lugar Center Staff, Union Health System, CEO, Steve Holman, and Senator Lugar at IHA ceremony

IHA Lugar
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