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Monday, November 30, 2009

St. Francis MDs to tackle fed panel’s controversial mammogram position

INDIANAPOLIS – A panel of St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers cancer physicians will discuss how recently announced government recommendations on mammogram screenings for breast cancer may affect patients.

An informational meeting on that issue will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 305.

The breast cancer experts include Peter Garrett, M.D., (St. Francis Cancer Center Director and radiation oncologist), Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., (surgeon, St. Francis Medical Group), Michael Fisher, M.D. (radiologist, St. Francis Breast Cancer Center of Excellence) and Subhash Sharma, M.D. (medical oncologist, St. Francis Oncology & Hematology Specialists).

The panel will focus on breast cancer detection through mammograms, the value of self-examinations and treatment options. They also will address the recent controversial recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Nov. 17), the group announced most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50

That recommendation was a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position – and held by most physicians – that women should get screening mammograms starting at age 40.

The meeting is free to the public, but reservations are encouraged. To register, call 317-782-4422.

To learn more about the St. Francis Cancer Center, go to
http://stfrancishospitals.org/cancer.

Oncology surgeon brings expertise to St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers

INDIANAPOLIS – Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D., has joined St. Francis Medical Group and appointed director of the St. Francis Breast Surgery Program effective Dec.1.

Johnson Miller comes to her new position from the Stanford University Medical Center, Calif., where she was director of cancer outreach and the melanoma surgery programs as well as practicing at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

She also was Associate Professor of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and has held other academic and administrative positions with the university. Additionally, she has served as General Surgery Section Chief at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Johnson Miller, who specializes in breast cancer and melanoma surgery, has served as principal investigator of numerous trials, notably in the study of immunosuppression mechanisms in patients with cancer.

Board-certified in general surgery, she has amassed numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She has been listed among “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer” (Castle Connelly), was the inaugural National Medical Leadership In Education Award winner, is recognized in Women of Color in Education, Health and Technology; is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences; and received the Minority Medical Faculty Recognition Award, Stanford University.

Johnson Miller earned her medical degree at Washington University, interned in general surgery at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and completed her surgical residency at the University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals (Chicago). She was a research fellow in immunology at the University of Dallas and a fellow in surgical oncology at the City of Hope National Medical Center.

Widely published in medical journals, Johnson Miller holds several memberships in professional organizations, including Association of American Women Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, American Association of Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology and is an associate of the National Cancer Institute.

To learn more about services at the St. Francis Cancer Center, go to
www.stfrancishospitals.org/cancer.

One for the books: Cancer group offers conversation, camaraderie – and compassion

INDIANAPOLIS – A diagnosis of cancer can leave a person feeling as if he or she is walking a lonely road. But a newly formed cancer support book club helps patients learn from those who have traveled a similar path.

This newly formed cancer support book club is open to any cancer patient, caregiver or those affected by cancer. Participants of this book club choose and read books written by cancer survivors, or those who have passed.

The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The next book club will meet Thursday, Dec. 17. Meetings are held at 911 East 86th St., Suite 40, Indianapolis, directly across the parking lot from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offices.

Participants are asked to commit time to the reading group, as this club largely depends on participant involvement. Groups will decide which books they want to read at future meetings.

Barbra Cunningham, R.N., and Stephanie Costley, M.S.W., will lead the discussions and offer medical and emotional feedback. Ample time will be provided for participants’ questions and discussion; light refreshments are served.

Enrollment is limited to 12 persons. To register, call Claire Kammen, at 317-726-2275, extension 217.

The program is co-sponsored by the Indiana Blood and Marrow Transplantation unit at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

More information about the Indiana Blood and Marrow Transplantion unit at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers can be found at www.ibmtindy.com.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More youngsters in need of Operation Bright Christmas donations

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – While there has been, in recent weeks, some glimmer the economy is on a slight rebound, more families are still feeling its dim effects. That’s why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is stepping up its efforts in its partnering with LifeBridge Community for Operation Bright Christmas

The annual program serves families during the holidays, benefiting children living in poverty in Beech Grove and Indianapolis’ south side. St. Francis has joined with LifeBridge and is now accepting donations until Dec. 17 to help these families.

So far, the families of 525 children have requested assistance – a substantial increase over last year’s 400.

Donations being accepted: new toys, new or gently used infant clothing and items, wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, ribbon, batteries, DVDs or CDs (“G” or “PG” rating only), video and board games (“G” rating only), twin size bedding, gift cards in small denominations, faith-based items, and sports toys (balls, bats, gloves, etc.).

Donors are asked not to provide clothing, or toys that are of violent and occult nature. Toys that are broken or missing pieces also will not be accepted.

Donations are being accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Spiritual Care offices at St. Francis Hospital-Beech Grove, 1600 Albany St.; St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.; and St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road.

Last year, more than 400 youngsters received gifts through Operation Bright Christmas, thanks to the many donors, volunteers and participating organizations. St. Francis filled a large truck with toy donations.

“We believe the need will be even greater this year as many are reeling from the effects the recession and the spike in unemployment,” said Julia Dearing, who is helping coordinate St. Francis’ participation in the gift-giving program.

LifeBridge Community is a faith-based ministry that seeks to instill hope in the lives of children, young adults and families through nurturing relationships and supportive services. More information about the organization is at www.lifebridge-community.org.

Friday, November 20, 2009

IU cancer pharmacy chief to discuss head, neck chemotherapies at St. Francis

INDIANAPOLIS – How does chemotherapy really work to kill cancer cells in patients where the disease has attacked their head and neck area?

That will be among the topics the clinical director of oncology pharmacy services at the IU Simon Cancer Center will tackle in a presentation before the Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer, 7 .m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3.

Christopher Fausel, Pharm. D., also will discuss managing the side effects of chemotherapy and the historical evolution of drugs used for the treatment of head and neck cancer.

The meeting, which is part of a free series, will be at the St. Francis Education Center, 5935 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 100. Participants can share their experiences and learn from other cancer patients. Ample time will be provided for participants’ questions and discussion.

This monthly support group meets the first Thursday of each month and is for anyone with oral, head or neck cancer, regardless of stage or type of cancer. Caregivers are welcome.

For more information, call 317-782-4422.

To learn more about services at the St. Francis Cancer Center, go to http://www.stfrancishospitals.org/cancer.

Slower metabolism doesn’t always equate to being a hurdle in shedding weight

INDIANAPOLIS – In every group of friends there often seems to be someone who never gains weight, no matter what he or she eats. They are said to possess a “fast metabolism.”

The term “metabolism” often is used loosely. People tend to associate it with weight. But it’s really a collective term for all of the chemical reactions that occur in the body. One of those reactions is burning.

Technically, when people refer to their metabolism, what they’re really talking about is their metabolic rate — the rate at which the body burns energy, or calories.

“It is possible to naturally have a slower metabolism than someone else, but that doesn’t mean you need to focus on speeding it up,” said Eve Olson, M.D., medical director of the St. Francis Weight Loss Center. “Studies show that a slower metabolism doesn’t mean you’ll have problems losing weight.”

The key is to have a healthy metabolism, neither too fast nor too slow. It is the natural byproduct of increased physical activity and resistance (weight) training — both of which
help build muscle. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, building muscle can help increase your resting metabolic rate.

Maintaining muscle also can be helpful for people who are losing weight.

“The key to weight loss is to lose fat, not muscle, protecting your metabolic rate,” Olson said. “Sensible dieting and resistance training may keep you from losing as much muscle during your weight-loss effort.”

But don’t focus on weight training alone. What is most helpful is incorporating physical activity into your daily routine. The more physically active you are, the more calories you burn. Healthy eating habits are important, too.

The bottom line: Obsessing about your metabolism won’t help you manage your weight. To lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat a healthy diet and exercise frequently. If you do those things, your metabolism will do its job.

For more information about services available at the St. Francis Weight Loss Center, go to
www.stfrancishospitals.org/weightloss.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Maintaining good mental health means keeping brain, body engaged

INDIANAPOLIS – So it’s a day off from work. How about reading book, starting a new hobby, spending some time with friends over dinner or visiting an art museum? If you do any of those things, you could be doing your brain a favor.

That’s because certain kinds of activities appear to help maintain brain health throughout life. And it’s never too early — or too late — to give your brain a boost, said Steven Rumble, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist with St. Francis Outpatient Behavioral Health Services.

Rumble routinely tests referred patients for cognitive problems related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or major depression in older adults.

“Brain health is a lifelong pursuit,” Rumble said. “and it should have the same priority as cardiac health.”

Based on the best available evidence for preserving brain health, the Alzheimer’s Association and other experts offer these suggestions:

Control risk factors. Keep your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges. All of these are risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes — diseases that may increase the chances for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Choose a brain-healthy diet. Good choices include foods low in fat and cholesterol, cold-water fish, and foods rich in antioxidants.

Pump it up. Because exercise stimulates blood flow, it may encourage new brain cells. Whatever you can do — even walking a few blocks daily — is better than doing nothing, Rumble said.

Avoid brain-damaging habits. Don’t smoke or use illegal drugs or misuse prescription medication.

Put your mind to work. Your brain benefits most when you try a variety of activities that differ in frequency, intensity and social setting. For example, read, write, or work crossword or other puzzles. Play games or plant a garden. Attend lectures, classes and plays.

Maintain social connections. Studies have found that participating in sports and cultural activities and close, positive personal relationships that provide emotional support tend to protect against dementia and negative effects of chronic
depression.

Learn as much as you can. People who have academic accomplishments and intellectually challenging jobs may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, Rumble said. And if they do develop dementia, it may occur later in life.

To learn more about St. Francis Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, go to
www.stfrancishospitals.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=52.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No bone of contention: Some men at risk of osteoporosis

INDIANAPOLIS – For those who think osteoporosis is a woman’s disease, think again. Some 2.5 million American males have it, and countless more are at risk.

“Unfortunately, osteoporosis often goes undiagnosed until weak bones break,” said Stefan Monev, M.D., rheumatologist with Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Specialists at St. Francis. “However, a bone mineral density test can detect bone loss. Talk to your doctor if you have risk factors for osteoporosis or if you have lost height, your posture changes or you notice sudden back pain.”

Ways to maintain bone health:

• Don’t smoke; it’s hard on bones.

• Be sure to get 1,200 mg calcium and 800 IU vitamin D from diet and supplements daily. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.

• Exercise regularly. Weight-bearing activities, like walking, are good choices.

Monev said it is crucial to determine the causes for low bone density at the onset of the disease and to seek immediate and appropriate treatment. Conditions such as vitamin D deficiency frequently contribute to bone loss and may require specific therapies.

Medications are available that help build bone and decrease risk of breakage in men with osteoporosis.

To learn more about rheumatology and osteoporosis services at St. Francis, visit
www.stfrancishospitals.org/SFMG/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=193.

St. Francis workshop helps caregivers understand Medicare changes

INDIANAPOLIS – Health care reform will affect health care providers at all levels of care, with Medicare guidelines and new restrictions, making compliance more challenging.

To prepare for those changes, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is reaching out to the post-acute-care providers in Central Indiana, hosting a free workshop focused on Medicare benefits coverage and limitations across all levels and transitions of care.

The hospital is hosting Medicare 2010 and Beyond: Navigating the Slippery Slopes of Health Care, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at Primo South, 2615 National Ave.

To ensure proper compliance, it is critically important for all health care providers to be aware of the ways changes will affect daily patient care. Representatives from Health Care Excel and National Government Services will address important implications of Medicare coverage at this event.

The event is designed for community health care providers but is open to St. Francis employees and physicians as well. St. Francis departments also will host informational booths at this event.

For more information, call St. Francis Integrated Case Management at 317-783-8101.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Monumental Day for Indy

Photos by Lee Ann Abercrombie-Logan






Part of St. Francis' medical team. This group staffed the triage area.







This runner is exhilirated as she crosses the finish line on the half marathon course.


















Runners await the start of the 2nd running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.












Mathew Chesang of Eau Claire, Wisc., finishes first in the marathon, trailed by last year's winner, Richard Kandie.















And the race is on. Just a few faces among the nearly 6,000 on hand for this year's race.
















CEO Bob Brody and Dr. John Baldea (left) are interviewed by WISH-8 reporter Dick Wolfsie moments after the marathon participants began their journey.

















Mark Rode of Indianapolis finishes first among those choosing the half marathon course.














The St. Francis medical volunteers followed the action along the marathon course.











And when the dust settled... the second running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was a success. Nearly 6,000 runners took to the city streets for the Nov. 7 event, which included a 26.2 mile trek and a half marathon.

"Truly, the marathon is a test of endurance for athletes and we are proud to return as title sponsor of this event," said St. Francis CEO Robert J. Brody, speaking at the opening ceremony. He was joined at the stage by IMM President Carlton Ray, IMM Executive Director Julie Patterson, Mayor Greg Ballard, IMM Honorary Chair Bob Kennedy (Olympiad marathoner) and others.

St. Francis had nearly 200 volunteers assisting in a variety of way, most notably a team of physicians, nurses and other health professionals led by Dr. Jeff Peterson.

Under a sun-splashed sky, a crisp 52-degrees and steady breeze, the participants began their individual paces with the "William Tell Overture" blaring in the background. Then came the wait.

Mark Rode of Indianapolis was first to cross the finish line for the half marathon (1:10:55). Mathew Chesang of Eau Claire, Wisc., led the full marathon field (2:21:03). Paul Erway of Shelbyville, Ky. won the wheelchair group (2:23:25). And Molly Brown-Boulay of Franklin, Tenn., finished first in the full marathon among women competitors (3:07:28).

For the results and other information about the 2009 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, go to www.monumentalmarathon.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

St. Francis Hospital exec to head national PR honor group

INDIANAPOLIS – Frederick C. Bagg, M.B.A., an executive with St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers, is the chair-elect for the Public Relations Society of America-College of Fellows.

He was elected during the week of Nov. 9 while attending PRSA’s International Conference in San Diego, Calif. The College of Fellows is an honorary organization within PRSA, made up of more than 400 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.

Bagg, a 30-year employee, is director of strategic planning and research for St. Francis’ hospitals in Indianapolis, Beech Grove and Mooresville, a position he has held since 2005. He previously was director of Community Relations and Marketing.

He has been active in public relations organizations for many years and has served in various posts with public relations organizations. He has held all board positions – including president – with the Indianapolis Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, as well as several officer positions with the Hoosier Chapter of PRSA, including president (2002).

Bagg is accredited by the IABC and PRSA.

In 1994, Bagg was selected for “Who’s Who in Public Relations” in America and was inducted into the prestigious PRSA’s College of Fellows in 2003.

Bagg earned a master’s in business administration at the University of Indianapolis and earned graduate hours in public relations at Ball State University. He received his undergraduate degrees in journalism and business administration at Butler University.

Connie Brandes assumes helm of St. Francis Ambulatory Services

INDIANAPOLIS – Constance “Connie” A. Brandes, R.N., has been appointed director of Ambulatory Services at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers.

In that position, she will oversee the hospital’s Occupational Health, Renal Dialysis, and Wound Care departments. She is the former director of Emergency Services and Ambulatory Nursing Services.

Brandes has has held nursing positions in the Indianapolis area, throughout Indiana and in Texas. She also has vast management level experience, including operations, human resources, finance and community outreach.

She holds several certifications and memberships in professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Emergency Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, an honor society for nurses.

Brandes earned a master’s of science in nursing degree at Indiana University, and has earned many graduate hours in business and health services administration. She received her bachelor’s of science in nursing at Marian College (now Marian University).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New manager brings wealth of experience to St. Francis Occupational Health

INDIANAPOLIS – Sondra K. Hutchison, R.N, has been appointed manager of Occupational Health at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers.

She comes to the position from Arnett Clinic Occupational Health in Lafayette, where she served as a certified adult nurse practitioner. Before that assignment, she worked at Hancock Memorial Hospital/Occupational Medicine/Urget Care in Greenfield.

Hutchison has held various nursing positions at various hospitals and medical facilities throughout central Indiana, including St. Francis’ sister hospital in Crawfordsville.

A certified nurse practitioner, she completed post graduate work and earned her master’s of science in nursing at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She received a bachelor of science in psychology at St. Mary of the Woods College, and earned an associate of science degree in nursing at Vincennes University.

Hutchison has been an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech State College and has served as a research assistant at the IU School of Nursing.

To learn more about the Occupational Health program at St. Francis, go to
www.stfrancishospitals.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=138.

St. Francis Hospital appoints new director of Emergency Services

INDIANAPOLIS –Jason Kaufman, R.N., has been appointed director of Emergency Services at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers.

Kaufman has worked in the emergency field at St. Francis for more than 13 years. In his new duties, he is responsible for the services at its Indianapolis and Beech Grove hospitals.

He most recently served as unit manager at the hospital’s Mooresville emergency department. He also was core triage educator of more than 200 emergency registered nurses at St. Francis’ three hospitals.

The Emergency Department at Mooresville far exceeded the predicted number of patients using its services when opened Oct.1, 2008. More than 31,300 patients visited the ED in its first year of operation – nearly twice what was originally projected.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Kaufman earned his bachelor’s of science in nursing at Indiana University.

St. Francis Hospital physicians named ‘Indy’s Top Docs’ by magazine

INDIANAPOLIS – Seventeen physicians at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers have been honored as “Indy’s Top Docs” by Indianapolis Monthly magazine (November issue).

They were among those selected by nationwide surveys of tens of thousands of physicians conducted by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and they represent the top five percent of board-certified physicians in the Indianapolis area, the magazine reports.

The St. Francis physicians and their specialties:

Cardiovascular Disease
Richard Shea, M.D.

Colon & Rectal Surgery
Olaf Johansen, M.D.
Frederick Lane, M.D.

Family Medicine
Richard Beardsley, M.D.

Gastroenterology
Michael Elmore, M.D.
David Pound, M.D.


Gynecologic Oncology
David Moore, M.D. 

Interventional Cardiology
William Berg, M.D.

Medical Oncology
Mary Mayer, M.D.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
G. Alan Von Stein M.D. 

Otolaryngology
Thomas Fairchild, M.D.

Pediatrics
Baron Kidd, M.D.

Pulmonary Disease
Charles Kinsella, M.D.

Reproductive Endocrinology
William L. Gentry, MD

Surgery
Jonathan Mandelbaum, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery
Marc Gerdisch M.D.

Vascular Surgery
Dawn Salvatore, M.D.

Dr. Michael Elmore also was the subject of a magazine profile about his work as a gastroenterologist and hepatologist at St. Francis.

First recipient of nursing memorial scholarship at St. Francis named

INDIANAPOLIS – Pamela Opwonya is the first recipient of a newly established scholarship honoring the memory of a nurse at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers.

Opwonya, a student at Marian University, has received the Marty Ernsting Memorial Nursing Scholarship. She is pursuing a bachelor degree in nursing and is expected to graduate in May 2010.

“Nursing reaches the heart of those we serve during their time of need,” said Opwonya, who has been a nursing student and emergency departments staff assistant at St. Francis since 2005. I have realized that the focus is not on just the illness or injury; it is centered on the wellbeing of the complete individual.”

The scholarship honors the life and legacy of Marty Ernsting, who worked for many years as a nurse and medical surgical case manager. Her family established the scholarship after her death in August 2008, and it is administered through the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation.

“We congratulate Pamela and wish her well in her pursuits,” the Ernsting family said in a statement announcing the award. The family, Jack and Mary Ann Ernsting (parents) and sister, Kriss Ernsting, M.D., served on the selection committee with St. Francis nurses Susan Brundgardt, Theresa Carnagua, Mary Garnier and Susan McRoberts, vice president and chief of nursing.

To learn more about the Marty Ernsting Memorial Nursing Scholarship go to
www.stfrancishospitals.org/Foundation/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=117.







Jack and Mary Ann Ernsting (left) and Dr. Kriss Ernsting (right) present Pamela Opwonya with the first Marty Ernsting Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship honors the late Marty Ernsting, who was a nurse at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers for many years.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nov. 7 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has strong international field

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 6,000 participants will take to city streets for the second running of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Saturday, Nov. 7.

The runners hail from Kenya, the United Kingdom, Austria, Brazil, Honduras and Canada, and 44 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Among the field are Kenyans Richard Candle and Zeddy Chepkoech, last year’s champions in the men’s and women’s division.

“Our goal for this year’s race was 5,000, so we’re obviously pleased this event has generated widespread interest,” said IMM Executive Director Julie Patterson.

On-line registration is now closed, but would-be participants can still register at the IMM Health and Fitness Expo, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, 11a.m.-7 p.m.; or 6 a.m.-7a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Indiana Convention Center.

The race features a full marathon (26.2 miles) and a half marathon (13.1 miles). Both courses will begin near Washington and West streets and will end their trek on Robert D. Orr Drive to the finish line, 200 yards east of West Street.

The urban courses are sanctioned and certified by the standards of USA Track and Field, the national body of road racing, with the marathon course serving as a qualifier for the 2009 Boston Marathon.

This year’s race also marks the second time St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has been the title sponsor and provided volunteers. The medical team includes 13 physicians, 50 nurses, 15 trainers and 10 physical therapists, and is lead by Jeffrey Peterson, M.D., a family practitioner and sports medicine expert.

Nearly 40 other St. Francis employees also will be on hand as volunteers in various capacities.

To learn more about the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, go to
www.monumentalmarathon.com.

St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has three hospitals in Indianapolis, Beech Grove and Mooresville and operates a medical office building in Plainfield. St. Francis Hospital is part of a network of 13 growing hospital campuses in Indiana and Illinois owned and operated by the Mishawaka-based Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc. For more information, go to
www.stfrancishospitals.org.

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Order of Events
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Friday November 6 (from 11 a.m. to 7 pm)
The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness expo will host host 30 exhibitors featuring PUMA running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. The Health and Fitness Expo is located in the Indiana Convention Center - 500 Ballroom on Friday November 6 (from 11:00 am to 7 pm).
See the outstanding list of speakers that will be giving informative presentations:
IMM Health and Fitness Exposition Speaker Schedule Friday November 6
11:00 Welcome from the IMM President Carlton Ray
11:30 Hal Higdon author of “Marathon the Novel”
12:00 St. Francis Dr. John Baldea, MD on Nutrition and
Hydration
1:00 Dane Rauchenberg author “See Dane Run”
1:30 Benefits of massage Terry Fletcher
2:00 Question and Answer with Organizers
2:30 Hal Higdon author “Marathon the Novel”
3:00 Ask the Race Director, Don Carr
3:30 American Cancer Society
4:00 St. Francis Dianna Miller- Wilson, RSPGT on Sleep &
Fitness
5:00 Dane Rauchenberg author “See Dane Run”
5:30 St. Francis Joe Sagorsky, MS, ACSM Exercise
Specialist from Indiana heart Physicians on
“Target Heart Rate Training”

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2009
Late packet pickup will be at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness expo at the Indiana Convention Center from 6 am to 7:15 am
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Opening Ceremonies Location and Timeline
Opening Ceremonies will be located close to the start line near the intersection of W. Washington St and Missouri Ave. at the South State Office Government Center.
7:25 Opening Ceremonies begin Matt Morris or Julie Patterson introduces Carlton Ray
7:25 Carlton Ray
7:28 First Lady Cheri Daniels
7: 30 Mayor Greg Ballard
7:33 St. Francis CEO Robert Brody
7:35 IPS Superintendent Dr. White Speaks
7:38 Color Guard moves into place
Vocalist sings National Anthem
7:42 Kevin Armstrong gives Benediction
7:45 IMM Honorary Chairman Bob Kennedy handles official start
START LINE is located near the opening ceremonies on W. Washington St. (east of Missouri)
7:55 Wheelchair athletes start
8 Half Marathoners and Marathoners start at the same time
FINISH LINE
Finish line is located just north of the start line on Robert D. Orr Plaza (west side of the State Capitol building)
9:05 am Approximate time HALF MARATHON ELITE ATHLETE WILL FINISH
10:20 am Approximate time MARATHON ELITE ATHLETE WILL FINISH
2:30 pm Finish line closes; last participant must be finished by this time.



Assignment Editors/Reporters:
Looking ahead... the holidays translate into family dinners, office pitch-ins and many other excuses to eat – and often too much. Such "opportunities" pose challenges for everyone, but especially for those struggling to stick to their diets.

As the holidays approach, please consider scheduling an interviewed with a registered dietitian with the St. Francis Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Center. They can discuss proper portion sizes, healthy alternatives to traditional holiday foods, tips to avoid unhealthy foods and more.


INDIANAPOLIS – Whether you’ve been naughty or nice when it comes to your meal choices, the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely this fall and winter.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are just three days out of 365. But unabashedly enjoying the season’s treats from now until those resolutions kick in could wreak havoc on your health habits.

In honor of the 12 days of Christmas, the St. Francis Weight Loss Center offers 12 ways to watch your waistline while still enjoying the holiday season:

1. Take the focus off food. Instead of baking cookies with your children, create non-edible projects like wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house.

2. Plan to maintain your weight over the holidays. Decide which treat is worth the calories, take a smaller portion, and savor every single bite.

3. Think ahead to make mealtimes less hurried. On a cold, wintery night, few things say comfort like a bowl of hot soup, paired with crusty, whole-grain bread. Start a pot simmering on the stove or in the slow cooker while you spend the day decorating the tree, addressing cards or doing any other holiday preparations. Add a piece of fruit and a cup of milk, and you have a well-balanced meal.

4. Experiment with seasonal produce to lighten up your meals. Consider chutneys as an accompaniment to meats, slices of pears or oranges in your salad, cranberries or dried fruits in rice pilaf, or apple sauce substituted for some of the fats in your baking. A little creativity can go a long way toward heightening taste and sneaking in your produce needs in your diet.

5. Plan for parties. Don’t starve yourself the day of the party so you can fill up on food that evening. If you eat normally throughout the day, you’re much less likely to overeat at the party.

6. Lighten up. Substitute spices and fresh herbs for seasoning rather than fat and salt.

7. Make exercise time play time. Enjoy an afternoon of football, sledding, ice skating or playing in the snow. Or even enjoy the holiday lights while taking a long evening walk.

8. Discover different dips. Who says dips have to be high-fat and joined by chips? Replace cream cheese with silken tofu, or experiment with dips made with nonfat cream cheese or sour cream. Pair with vegetable spears or baked pita chips.

9. Watch your appetizers. Limit high-fat choices such as fried chicken wings, miniature sausages and most cheeses. Choose fruits and vegetables instead.

10. Enjoy the mall. While shopping, stretch your legs and squeeze in some exercise in a warm, dry environment.

11. Be a happy host. Balance your famous cookies with healthier options. Grab a fruit or vegetable tray from the store. Be sure to send your leftovers home with guests.

12. Have a healthy holiday spirit. Cocktails, “real” eggnog and other holiday drinks quickly add up in calories. Alternatives include sparkling or hot apple cider, light eggnog or seltzer mixed with fruit juices.

With a little creativity, you can start the new year without quite as many pounds to lose come Jan. 1 – and might just find a new tradition in the process.

To learn more about services and programs available at the St. Francis Weight Loss Center, go to www.stfrancishospitals.org/weightloss.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mooresville clinic lauded for public health service to Morgan Co. needy

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – The St. Thomas More Clinic has received the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award from the Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc.

The award, presented annually, is for business and industry in the field of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The St. Thomas More Clinic was recognized along with other recipients of the Indiana’s Premier Health Awards at a ceremony last month at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

“We are very proud and excited to be the recipient of this prestigious award and to accept the award on behalf of all of our clinic board members and volunteers,” said Shelley Voelz, who is clinic co-director with her husband, Ted.

In addition to the husband and wife team, the clinic is overseen by a 10-member board of directors, chaired by Father Mark Gottemoeller, pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Mooresville.

“We are so fortunate to have a very active and dedicated group of individuals to serve on our board of directors,” said Ted Voelz.

“The heart of the ministry of St. Thomas More Clinic is our volunteers: physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social worker, counselor and other clinical and clerical staff,” said Shelley Voelz, director of patient safety at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers. “Many of the volunteers have been committed to this ministry since the clinic opened in 2005. We are very blessed to have such a dedicated and compassionate group of volunteers.

“We also would like to acknowledge the Kendrick Foundation for their support of the clinic through the receipt of grant monies over the years,” she added. “The clinic was just awarded a grant in the amount of $80,000 for 2009-2010. Without grant money from the Kendrick Foundation, we would not be able to exist.”

St. Francis and its Mooresville hospital have been significant partners of the clinic.
“Without the partnership with St. Francis our patients would not be able to obtain the lab services, radiology services and other treatments they need,” Voelz said. “This community project is part of St. Francis’ ongoing commitment to address the underserved medical needs of Morgan County residents.”

The clinic also receives support from local churches, philanthropic organizations, private donations and donations directed to the clinic through the Combined Federal Campaign and United Way.

The clinic opened in June 2005, originally at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and is now located at 410 N. Monroe St., Suite 16, in Mooresville. The clinic offers free, non-denominational, non-emergency medical care to uninsured or underinsured Morgan County residents. It is open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Details about the Hulman Health Achievement Awards can be found athttp://www.iphf.us.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Surgeon establishes new practice at St. Francis Vascular Associates

INDIANAPOLIS – Robert W. Zickler, M.D., a member of St. Francis Medical Group, has joined St. Francis Vascular Associates.

Board-certified in vascular and general surgery, he most recently was affiliated with Surgical Associates of Fredericksburg, Va., and was a staff surgeon at Mary Washington Hospital. He has held staff positions at hospitals in New York and New Jersey and academic appointments at Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs-New Jersey.

Zickler’s clinical interests include repair and aortic stent grafting, carotid artery surgery, treatment of lower extremity venous disease, minimally invasive vein surgery, limb salvage surgery and endovascular interventions.

He received his medical degree at Hahnemann University-School of Medicine in Philadelphia and earlier earned a doctorate of medical dentistry at Farleigh Dickinson University-College of Dental Medicine.

Zickler completed residencies at Seton Hall University/Jersey City Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School. He held fellowships in endovascular and interventional radiology and vascular surgery at Pennsylvania State University.

Widely published in professional journals, Zickler is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

St. Francis Vascular Associates includes both patient offices and a vascular lab, where select diagnostic vascular procedures are performed. All vascular surgeries take place at the St. Francis Heart Center, located adjacent to the practice office building.

For more information about St. Francis Vascular Associates go to www.stfrancishospitals.org/SFMG/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=46.

New director of patient access appointed at St. Francis

INDIANAPOLIS – Sharla D. Rhodes, has been appointed director of patient access at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers.

In her new position, Rhodes is responsible for admitting, patient registration, emergency department registration, financial clearance and central scheduling.

In her nine-year career at St. Francis, she has served in director roles of special projects, nursing resources and emergency services, and manager of respiratory therapy. Prior to those assignments, she was chief operating officer of Select Specialty Hospital.

A graduate of Indiana University, Rhodes is a registered respiratory therapist.
St. Francis operates 539 beds at its hospitals in Indianapolis, Beech Grove and Mooresville. In 2008, the hospitals had more than 24,000 inpatient admissions, served 954,000 outpatient visitors and treated 87,000 at its emergency rooms.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Brock Nolan, Iraq War MD, establishes practice with St. Francis Psychiatric Associates

INDIANAPOLIS – Brock P. Nolan, M.D., a member of St. Francis Medical Group, has joined St. Francis Psychiatric Associates.

Nolan most recently served as medical director of behavioral health services, a Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, Ariz., where he was a staff psychiatrist/executive officer, flight surgeon, and was responsible for supervising physicians and mental health specialists.

A commissioned Air Force officer, Nolan was detachment commander at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iraq in 2008. He commanded a unit in support of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division. During that tour of duty, he supervised treatment for soldiers experiencing a range of combat-related psychiatric conditions.

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, he was chief resident at Wright State University in Ohio, where he was awarded a fellowship by faculty and resident because of his leadership through residency training. Nolan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

St. Francis Psychiatric Associates is now located at 610 E. Southport Rd, Suite 200, Indianapolis. To schedule an appointment call 317- 781-4588. The 24-hour crisis line phone number is 317-782-6495.

Operation Bright Christmas shines light on needy youngsters

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – The effects of the economy are never more glaring than during the holidays – and that’s why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is getting an early start by partnering with LifeBridge Community to help needy families.

Operation Bright Christmas serves families during the holidays, benefiting an estimated children living in poverty in Beech Grove and Indianapolis’ south side. St. Francis has joined with LifeBridge and is now accepting donations until Dec. 17 to help these families.

Donations being accepted: new toys, new or gently used infant clothing and items, wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, ribbon, batteries, DVDs or CDs (“G” or “PG” rating only), video and board games (“G” rating only), twin size bedding, gift cards in small denominations, faith-based items, and sports toys (balls, bats, gloves, etc.).

Donors are asked not to provide clothing, or toys that are of violent and occult nature. Toys that are broken or missing pieces also will not be accepted.

Donations are being accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Spiritual Care offices at St. Francis Hospital-Beech Grove, 1600 Albany St.; St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.; and St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road.

Last year, more than 400 youngsters received gifts through Operation Bright Christmas, thanks to the many donors, volunteers and participating organizations. St. Francis filled a large truck with toy donations.

“We believe the need will be even greater this year as many are reeling from the effects the recession and the spike in unemployment,” said Julia Dearing, who is helping coordinate St. Francis’ participation in the gift-giving program.

LifeBridge Community is a faith-based ministry that seeks to instill hope in the lives of children, young adults and families through nurturing relationships and supportive services. More information about the organization is at www.lifebridge-community.org.