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Friday, September 19, 2014

New research services chief appointed by Franciscan St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS – Elizabeth Glowinski, RN, has been appointed director of research services for Franciscan St. Francis Health and will oversee research efforts throughout the hospital.

She most recently served as executive director for Indianapolis Gastroenterology Research Foundation and served in other roles since 1993.

Glowinski received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University and earned her master’s degree in nursing administration/business administration at the University of Indianapolis.

A certified clinical research coordinator, Glowinski is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Sigma Theta Tau International and Model Agreements and Guidelines International.

Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service selects new medical director

INDIANAPOLIS – David M. Mandelbaum, MD, has been appointed medical director for Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service (VNS), focusing on home health and post-acute care services.

Serving patients in 30 Indiana counties, Franciscan VNS is a full-service home health-care organization, providing care by nurses, physical therapists, speech and occupational therapists, home care aides, social workers and dieticians, all under the guidance of primary care physicians. 

Dr. Mandelbaum also serves as Director of Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Office of Medical Staff Engagement and was the physician leader of the hospital’s project to convert to an electronic medical records system.

A native of New York City, he has served as President and Vice President of the Franciscan St. Francis Health Medical Staff and chaired the Department of Surgery. He was a practicing general surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network Indy Southside Surgical from 1986 to 2009.

Dr. Mandelbaum received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Indiana University, where he later earned his medical degree. He completed an internship, residency and fellowship in surgery at The Ohio State University Hospitals.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association and Indianapolis Medical Society.

Friday, September 12, 2014

New insurance, services manager selected by Senior Promise

INDIANAPOLIS – Mindy King has been appointed manager of insurance and senior services at Senior Promise at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

King’s focus is on helping seniors and individuals meet their medical financial needs through proper education about their health insurance options. In her new position, she will concentrate on expanding Franciscan Insurance Services and the Senior Promise programs throughout all Franciscan Alliance facilities in Indiana and south-suburban Chicago.

She previously had served as program and insurance supervisor for Senior Promise Department and Franciscan Insurance Services. In that role, she was responsible for enrolling seniors in Medicare Supplement, Medicare Prescription Drug coverage and Medicare Advantage Plans.

An Indianapolis resident, King is a certified Health Insurance Associate and Managed Healthcare Professional with more than 30 years experience in the insurance industry. She attended Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Launched in 1987, Senior Promise provides its 30,000-plus members a variety of meaningful services and benefits for people age 50 and older throughout the year.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health, DEA offer drive-by drug drop-off, Sept. 27

INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to curb the abuse of potentially dangerous prescription medications, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Franciscan St. Francis Health are offering a disposal site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event, which will take place in the outpatient parking lot in the northwest corner at the hospital (8111 S. Emerson Ave.), provides an opportunity for the public to rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Rich Witmer, hospital security director. “This service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.”

The rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are alarmingly high, the DEA reports. A majority of the medications – both pills and liquids – are obtained from family and friends. Disposal of the drugs such as flushing them down the toilet or discarding them into the trash poses both safety and health concerns.

In a national effort last year, Americans turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs at more than 6,000 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners. 

Physician establishes practice with Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists

INDIANAPOLIS – Blake L. Erdel, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists and is accepting new patients in Indianapolis and Columbus.

He joins six other physicians, whose main offices are located at 5230A E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 150, Indianapolis. This group also serves patients in Martinsville, Franklin, Mooresville, Plainfield and Shelbyville.

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Erdel recently completed a fellowship in Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he received specialized training for conditions including diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis and many other Endocrine disorders.

An Indianapolis resident, he earned his medical degree at the IU School of Medicine and received his undergraduate degree in computer science from DePauw University, where he was an honors student.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Erdel, call 317-865-5904.

Franciscan Physician Network is a division of the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance. To learn more about network primary and specialty care services in central Indiana, go to