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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BBC radio program visits Franciscan St. Francis Health for special show

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis will be the setting for the popular BBC World Service radio program, World Have Your Say, Wednesday, Sept. 7.

The London-based show, hosted by Ros Atkins, has a global audience of more than 45 million listeners and millions of viewers via BBC World News Television. This particular program will provide an up-front look about the daily work of Franciscan St. Francis physicians, nurses, employees and patients and general discussion about health care issues.

“We were looking for a vibrant hospital community where we could reflect the conversations that are taking place there,” said Atkins. “Through the staff, patients and their families we hope to give one snapshot of life in America.”

World Have Your Say is an interactive program whose discussion topics are determined by guests and listeners around the globe.

The one-hour show is scheduled for broadcast at 1 p.m. on WFYI 90.1 FM-Indianapolis. The program can be heard daily Monday through Friday at the same time.

Franciscan St. Francis Health operates hospitals in Indianapolis, Beech Grove and Mooresville (a short-stay medical facility is scheduled for opening next spring in Carmel) and the Plainfield Health Center. It annually serves more than 23,000 inpatients and 1.18 million outpatient visits.

The hospitals are part of Franciscan Alliance, the state’s largest Catholic-based hospital system. The Alliance’s 14 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois provide care for more than 2.9 million outpatient visits and more than 100,000 inpatient discharges each year with the most effective medical treatments, state-of-the-art medical equipment and an abundance of compassionate and charity care.

The system employs 18,200 co-workers including about 600 primary and specialty care employees, serving the system’s service-area population of 3.7 million people.

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