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Monday, August 25, 2014

Surgeon steers ortho 'Road Show' to Carmel, Sept. 16

CARMEL, Ind. – You can overcome hip and knee pain and get back to leading an active and rewarding life — and Franciscan St. Francis Health wants to show you how.

On Sept. 16, Franciscan St. Francis Health will present an arthritis and hip and knee replacement seminar at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. Light refreshments will be served, beginning at 6 p.m.

Robert Malinzak, MD, will explain the latest procedures in joint replacement and arthritis treatments. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement.

Dr. Malinzak is a surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network Joint Replacement Surgeons, the practice group affiliated with the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at Franciscan St. Francis–Mooresville, recognized in the United States and the world as a premier center for joint replacement surgery.

To register for this seminar, call Franciscan St. Francis toll-free at 1-877-888-1777 or go to CenterForHipAndKneeSurgery.org and click on Hip & Knee Seminars.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health to offer free child safety seat inspections, Sept. 16

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health is encouraging parents and caregivers to have children’s safety seats inspected based on recommendations issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
That’s why the hospital is offering free inspections with certified technicians on hand to advise on the proper use of seats for youngsters. The first event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the parking lot of Franciscan St. Francis Weight Loss Center (5230-A E. Stop 11 Road).
The event coincides with National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14-20. If unable to visit the inspection sites, adults can arrange for free inspections by calling 317-528-5774.
“We want to help adults do their best to protect children,” said Sharilyn Wagner, RN, with Franciscan St. Francis’ car seat safety program. “It’s said that three-in-four child seats are not placed correctly. In the end, when it comes to the safety of your child, there is no room for mistakes.”
The hospital is partnering on the project with the Automotive Safety Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
In motor vehicle crashes, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children younger than 1 and by 54 percent for children 1 to 4 in passenger cars, according to data collected by NHTSA. In 2009 alone, 754 children, 12 or younger, were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes while riding in passenger cars or light trucks.
And among those who were fatally injured, where restraint use was known, 42 percent were unrestrained. Many of these tragedies could have been prevented if the children were in the right restraint for their age and size.
The updated recommendations emphasize how important it is to keep children in each restraint type for as long as possible before moving them to the next type. For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers should visit their local inspection station to ensure their children’s car seats are used properly. A list of child safety seat inspection stations can be found at www.preventinjury.org or by calling 1-800-KID-N-CAR.
Here’s what the NHTSA recommends:
Birth – 12 months: Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
1 – 3 years: Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
4 – 7 years: Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.
8 – 12 years: Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.
Wagner further recommends that:
  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week or to find your local car seat event, visit www.childseat.in.gov.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Physician establishes practice with Indiana Heart Physicians

INDIANAPOLIS – Derrick J. Plahn, DO, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians and is accepting new patients.

Plahn, who specializes in nuclear cardiology, most recently completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital/Edward R. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.

Board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible for cardiovascular disease, Plahn completed an internal medicine residency and internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, N.J. 

Plahn earned his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa., and received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University.

To schedule an appointment, call 317-893-1900.


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 franciscandocs.org.

Physician joins Indiana Heart Physicians as a hospitalist

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Emmanuel Sarpong, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians (IHP) as a hospitalist.

He is part of the newly established Cardiovascular Hospitalist Program, which will team him with interventional cardiologists to admit and consult on patients overnight. Hospitalists specialize in the care of patients in the hospital. 

IHP created the hospitalist program to make its cardiologists more available to Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center patients during day time hours. This approach improves continuity of care for patients who have been admitted overnight.

Sarpong earned his medical degree at the University of Ghana Medical School and is board-certified in internal medicine.

He completed an internal medicine residency at John Stroger Junior Hospital in Cook County, Ill., and prior to joining IHP, Dr. Sarpong was the program director of the hospitalist program at Indiana University Morgan Hospital.

Sarpong is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and holds memberships in the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

Indiana Heart Physicians has offices in Indianapolis, Franklin, Greensburg, Martinsville. Mooresville and Shelbyville.

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 franciscandocs.org.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surgeon explains orthopedic, joint replacement therapies in Bedford

BEDFORD, Ind. – You can overcome hip and knee pain and get back to leading an active and rewarding life — and Franciscan St. Francis Health wants to show you how.

On Aug. 20, Franciscan St. Francis Health will present an arthritis and hip and knee replacement seminar at Quality Inn & Suites (formerly Comfort Inn), 911 Constitution Ave. Light refreshments will be served, beginning at 6 p.m.

Michael Berend, MD, will explain the latest procedures in joint replacement and arthritis treatments. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement.

Berend is a surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network Joint Replacement Surgeons, the practice group affiliated with the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at Franciscan St. Francis–Mooresville, recognized in the United States and the world as a premier center for joint replacement surgery.

To register for this seminar, call Franciscan St. Francis toll-free at 1-877-888-1777 or go to CenterForHipAndKneeSurgery.org and click on Hip & Knee Seminars.


More information about the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery is at CenterForHipAndKneeSurgery.org.