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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Franciscan Hospice House: Where compassion, care and life’s journey converge

Dedication, related events to be held in advance of facility’s opening this fall

INDIANAPOLIS – A long-awaited heartfelt dream held by many is about to transform into a glowing reality on the city’s south side.

Construction of Franciscan Hospice House is nearing completion, and Franciscan St. Francis Health will unveil it to the public at an open house 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 19. Visitors can tour the property and meet the people who will staff the facility, located at 8414 Franciscan Lane on the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.

One of the hallmark opening events will be the formal blessing and dedication of Franciscan Hospice House, Thursday, Sept. 17. Leading the ceremony will be the Rev. Monsignor Joseph F. Schaedel of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairwoman of Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees; James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO for Franciscan St. Francis; and Robert J. Brody, senior vice president and chief operating of Franciscan Alliance Ambulatory Services.

Building of the facility got under way in June 2014 after a groundbreaking ceremony. It marked the start of a project envisioned for more than a decade, followed a thoughtful fundraising initiative steered by Franciscan Alliance Foundation Central Indiana. Over the course of the campaign, more than $10.3 million was raised by matching contributions from Franciscan Alliance, the generosity of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, employee-giving, corporate partners and support from the community at large.

The campaign continues with the goal of raising more than $2 million to establish an endowment to sustain Franciscan Hospice House well into the future.
Here’s what will be available when Franciscan Hospice House opens to the public in early November:
·        12 private rooms for patients and families (with a build-out potential of four additional rooms)
·        Large common area for families
·        Well-equipped kitchen with dining room
·        Chapel and prayer garden
·        High-quality, holistic medical care for all Hospice House-qualified patients and support for their families
“One of our core values is that the gift of life is so valued and each person is cared for with respect, dignity, joy, fairness and compassion,” said Dr. Callaghan. “Whether through the miracle of childbirth, nursing a patient back to health, or caring for them during the dying process -- our staff carry on Christ’s healing and teaching ministries in our Franciscan tradition.”

Franciscan Hospice House complements the exceptional home, health hospice and palliative care services that Franciscan St. Francis Health has provided to 4,000 families in south-central Indiana for more than two decades.

Friday, August 21, 2015

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

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.

The hospital is offering free inspections with certified technicians available to advise on the proper use of seats for youngsters. The event is 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the parking lot of Franciscan St. Francis Weight Loss Center (5230-A E. Stop 11 Road).

The hospital is partnering on the project with the Automotive Safety Program (ASP) at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute for this event.

If unable to visit the inspection sites, adults can arrange for free inspections by calling the hospital at 317-528-5774 or ASP toll-free at 800-KID-N-CAR.

Language interpreters will be on hand to assist Hispanic and Burmese/Chin parents and adult caregivers. Children’s car seats will be provided for families who can prove they are receiving public assistance and the child must be present.

“We want to help adults do their best to protect children,” said Sharilyn Wagner, RN, a postpartum nurse and Child Passenger Safety Technician at Franciscan St. Francis. “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.”


To learn more about the Child Passenger Safety Clinic at Franciscan St. Francis Health, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Baby and family fair returns to Greenwood Park Mall Sept. 26

GREENWOOD, Ind. – There’s going to be a lot of baby talk going on at Greenwood Park Mall Saturday, Sept. 26. 

Franciscan St. Francis Health is hosting Guiding You – Mommy, Baby & Beyond, an informative fair for mothers, expecting parents and children of all ages. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where attendees can meet with experts from the Women & Children’s Center to learn about programs and services offered to patients and children.

The event is located indoors between JCPenney and Von Maur.

Visitors can experience the soothing effects of aromatherapy and learn the benefits of acupuncture and massage therapy. And parents can enroll their babies into the annual Diaper Derby. Specialists also will be on hand to demonstrate the correct installation of children’s car seats and visitors also can participate in Mommy & Me yoga and Dancing for Birth classes.

There will plenty of fun activities for children, including the hospital’s Healthy Sprouts kid’s activity station.

Numerous prizes and giveaways will be available, and the first 100 people to stop by the registration table will receive a free gift.


The event also offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the major expansion and renovation of the Women & Children’s Center at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.



Last year's event attracted hundreds of families.



And they're off!!!! Well, sort of.




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Orthopedic surgeon welcomed to Franciscan St. Francis Mooresville medical staff

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – Joshua Carter, MD, orthopedic surgeon at the Midwest Center for Joint Replacement, has joined the medical staff of Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville.

Dr. Carter, who will perform total joint replacement surgery at the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery, is an independent physician who chooses to practice at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky, he completed his post-graduate work at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington on full scholarship and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. 

Dr. Carter completed his orthopedic surgical residency training at the University of Vermont and an Adult Reconstructive Fellowship at the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, N.C., where he received specialized training in anterior hip replacement. As well, he has provided orthopedic care while participating in mission work overseas.

He is married and has three children.


Click here to learn more about the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Family medicine chief reappointed to state legislative public health committee

INDIANAPOLIS – Richard D. Feldman, MD, has been reappointed as a lay member of the Indiana General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services.

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 Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) and is past president of the Indiana Medical History Museum.
Dr. Feldman served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 1997 to 2001, and he’s a featured editorial columnist for the Indianapolis Star.