2009 Hall of Fame Inductees
Community Health, ’81
Mike Funk has spent 29 years in heath care, 28 of that at the executive level, working as the Chief Operating Officer of Humana Hospital-Audubon and the International Heart Institute and later as the Chief Operating Office of the Humana Kentucky Market Office.
Mike was involved in the implementation of the International Heart Institute, the experimentation of the artificial heart and is part of a group of thought leaders in Washington, D.C., working on payment reform in the health care system. He is also a member of the College of Health Sciences Philanthropy Board, a Fellow of the University of Kentucky, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Kentucky Regent Advisory Board, past member of the UK College of Allied Health Development Council, past President of the Hospital Council of Metropolitan Louisville and past President of the Meade County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
“I’m honored to be recognized, but also humbled that my work is my calling,” said Mike. “Thank you very much for this acknowledgment of my work and dedication to advancing health care.”
He has enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the delivery and improvement of health services in a compassionate and caring manner.
“The college, its faculty and the program provided me with the foundation and credentials to pursue an extremely rewarding career in a very noble profession.”
Mike is now working as the Corporate Director of National Provider Networks for Humana, overseeing more than 500,000 contracted providers across the country.
Health Administration, ’85
After graduation, Mark Hunt began his 20-plus years of diverse health care experience at Central Baptist Hospital as an administrative resident. He later received his Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida and completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Health Administration at the University of South Carolina.
Mark’s career has included experience with several of the leading proprietary national public and private companies including National Medical Enterprises/Tenet, HCA, Integrated Health Services and most recently Genoa Healthcare Group. He has held a variety of senior level executive positions including CEO, Divisional Vice President, Executive Vice President / Senior Vice President in Operations and Business Development. He has formed and developed several companies including Carebridge and his most recent venture, a health care consulting company providing business development and merger and acquisition services.
While Mark has enjoyed many aspects of his various career experiences, he has gained the greatest fulfillment in making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. His career has impacted the lives of patients and their families, employees and shareholders alike.
“It is my pleasure and honor to support the College. I am confident my gifts will afford students numerous opportunities and benefits while contributing to the health care work force of the future. As a senior health care executive, it is rewarding to be able to support the College, which has provided me the invaluable education and path for my success today.”
Mark is a member of the College of Health Sciences Philanthropy Board and a Fellow of the University of Kentucky. He is also involved with a variety of charitable causes, currently serving on the Ronald McDonald Advisory Board and volunteering his time on a regular basis serving meals to the families of children at the Ronald McDonald House. He also volunteers and supports PAWS, a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to animal welfare.