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Thursday, April 21, 2011

St. Francis Health ER physician saluted for stellar patient care

INDIANAPOLIS – Chris J. Hartman, M.D., is the latest recipient of the Healing Hands Award presented by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

With his colleagues and support staff looking on Hartman recently received the award at a small ceremony at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.

Awarded quarterly, the Healing Hands Award was established in 2010. Its goal is to recognize St. Francis physicians for excellence in clinical skills, patient relations, research, stewardship and their reflection of the hospital’s health-care ministry, values and mission.

Hartman was nominated by Randall Todd, M.D., St. Francis’ Emergency Department Medical Director. Of particular note was Hartman’s swift response to a call for assistance for a patient who went into cardiac arrest during surgery. He stabilized the patient and arranged for a quick transfer for care at the hospital’s catheterization lab.

“This action, no doubt, saved a patient during an intense situation,” said Christopher “Topper” Doehring, M.D., who, along with Todd presented the award to Hartman. “Dr. Hartman is a well-respected physician and is known for the top-notch care he provides to all of the patients he cares for in the emergency room.”

A Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and National Board of Medical Examiners, Hartman has been affiliated with St. Francis since 1995. He has served as an emergency physician at Piedmont Medical Center and Riverview Urgent Care Center in North Carolina.

An honors graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center, where he also served as a flight physician.

Hartman’s emergency medicine background began before earning his medical degree. He has served as a paramedic in Indianapolis, Elkhart and South Bend.

He holds various professional memberships and is past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians-Indiana chapter.

Hartman resides in Carmel with his wife, Kathleen, and their six children.

Dr. Hartman (second from right) is presented the award from left by Dr. Christopher "Topper" Doehring, Dr. Randy Todd and Jason Middleton, director of product and business development.