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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health’s heart attack care earns national recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Award for surpassing quality measures in the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The recognition comes from the American Heart Association, which also named the hospital as a recipient of the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award

The Gold-Plus award means the hospital has not only surpassed an achievement score on all Lifeline quality measures, but has also achieved at least a 75 percent on “First Door to Device” (duration of time from a patient’s arrival at the hospital to the activation of cardiac device) of under 120 minutes for an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) transfer patients from other facilities.

“Our clinicians and support staff are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said William J. Berg, MD, medical director of the hospital’s Heart Center and Catheterization Lab. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in heart care, and I am very proud of our team.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an STEMI, the most deadly type of heart attack, which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Indianapolis hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Family medicine residency program director receives national appointment

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Richard D. Feldman, MD, has been named as an at-large member of the board of curators of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center of the History of Family Medicine.

The three-year appointment is effective July 1. In 2014, Dr. Feldman was the recipient of the Center's first Fellowship Award that supported his writing of the book, Family Practice 

Dr. Feldman is director of the Franciscan St. Francis Health Family Medicine Residency Program, which he has headed since 1981. He also directs the hospital’s medical education program. He has held several elected appointments with the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), the Indianapolis Medical Society and Indiana State Medical Association.

In 2014, he received lifetime achievement accolades from the IAFP and the Indiana Public Health Foundation.

An Indianapolis resident, he has served as president of the IAFP and is past president of the Indiana Medical History Museum. He also is a lay member of the Indiana General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services.

Dr. Feldman served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 1997 to 2001, and he’s a featured editorial columnist for the Indianapolis Star.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis listed among Becker’s ‘100 Great Community Hospitals’

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has been recognized and included in the 2016 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review "100 Great Community Hospitals.”

The publication’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group.

In March 2016, Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis was named by Truven as being among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. And over the years, both the Indianapolis and Mooresville hospitals have earned numerous accolades from Healthgrades, including 2016.

“Our physicians, providers and staff dedicate themselves daily to create a healing environment, and accomplish that care in a team-based manner for our patients and their families,” said James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO for Franciscan St. Francis Health. “We are proud to receive this recognition as it reflects on our staff’s dedication to our healthcare ministry.”

Franciscan St. Francis Health also made the Becker’s listing in 2012. The publication defines a "community hospital" as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs. The hospital’s nationally recognized Family Medicine Residency Program has been the training ground for hundreds of new physicians entering the field of primary care.

“The hospitals on this list are spread across the country, some not far from major metro areas and some in rural communities,” Becker’s officials noted when making their announcement on June 20. “Regardless of location or whether they are affiliated with a major system, these hospitals are vital parts of their respective communities.”

Becker’s Hospital Review notes that the 100 Great Community Hospitals list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated health care providers and those organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Joint replacement surgeon joins Center for Hip & Knee Surgery in Mooresville

MOORESVILLE, Indiana – Timothy J. Williams, MD, JD, has joined Joint Replacement Surgeons, a Franciscan Physician Network practice.

Dr. Williams joins Jeff L. Pierson, MD; John B. Meding, MD; and Robert A, Malinzak, MD, and will work at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville.  Joint Replacement Surgeons also has an office at Carmel. Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializing in joint replacement surgery, he joins a team whose work at the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery is internationally recognized.

Dr. Williams held multiple positions at Franciscan St. Francis from 2006 to 2014, including medical director for orthopedics and joint services, vice chairman of Department of Surgery. He also served with the Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.

Dr. Williams received an undergraduate degree in international studies and earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University and its College of Medicine and Public Health, respectively. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center and a fellowship in joint reconstruction and biologic arthroplasty at Brigham & Women’s Hospital at Harvard University in Boston.

He also earned a law degree from Capital University Law and Graduate Center in Columbus, Ohio. A Fellow of both the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he also is a member of the Indiana Medical Society.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Williams, call toll free at 800-237-7678.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Stethoscope Series: Conversations with MDs and specialists

CARMEL, Indiana – Are you looking for answers to your medical questions without having to make an appointment? Franciscan St. Francis Health-Carmel is bringing the experts to you in The Stethoscope Series.

Three upcoming events are slated at Carmel Clay Public Library at 55 4th Ave. SE. These free sessions provide healthcare conversations with doctors, surgeons and other specialists. They include:

Do You Know How to Spot Skin Cancer?
Presented by Juliana Meyer, MD
1-2 p.m., Tuesday, June 28
It’s important to be aware that most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. Learn the basics from Dr. Meyer, a melanoma surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network. She will share the basics of skin cancer, what to look for, how to reduce risks and innovative treatments being used at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Joint Pain Seminar
Presented by Robert Malinzak, MD
6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 11
Learn the facts about joint replacement surgery by Dr. Malinzak, an orthopedic surgeon with the Franciscan Center for Hip & Knee Surgery. This could be participants’ first step toward a future free from joint pain.

The Mystery of Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Presented by Praveen Perni, MD
6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24
It’s a shooting pain that radiates from the lower back and often leaves many unable to go about life’s routine activities. It’s called sciatica – a common yet painful spinal condition affecting many Americans. Dr. Perni, a spine surgeon with American Health Network Orthopaedic Bone & Spine, will discuss the newest techniques and technologies used to treat this condition.

Each class is free but registration is required by calling 317-782-4422 or visit to reserve your seat.