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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

International surgeons to learn from Franciscan St. Francis Health ortho surgery experts

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – An international panel of orthopedic surgeons is coming to Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville to observe and discuss advancements made in knee replacement surgery and therapies.
They will be learning the latest techniques in knee replacement surgery from physicians who are members of Franciscan Physician Network Joint Replacement Surgeons, the practice group affiliated with the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at the Mooresville campus.
Four international candidates selected for the John N. Insall Travelling Fellowship, sponsored by The Knee Society, will visit the hospital Oct. 22-23. They are
  • Vikas Khanduja, MD
    Addenbrooke’s Cambridge University Hospital, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Tomoyuki Matsumoto, MD
    Kobe University School of Medicine; Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
  • Matthew Morrey, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center; San Antonio, Texas
  • Zachary Post, MD
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Philadelphia, Penn.
“Members of this prestigious group were selected for their surgical skills and research, and we are honored to host them at our center to learn about the work we perform,” said Michael Berend, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the center, a Knee Society member and an Insall Fellow himself in 2004. “To be one of only 10 centers in the world to host the fellowship is a great honor for us. We hope to share with them many of the latest surgical techniques we have developed at the center.”
The Mooresville center is recognized in the United States and the world as a premier center for joint replacement surgery.

For more information about the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery, visit 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Straight from the heart: Free cardiovascular, wellness classes offered in November

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering a full range of free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in November

Call 317-782-4422 or go on-line at to register for any of the classes, which include:

HeartScan: Identifying Cardiac Risk
Babu Doddapaneni, MD
Tues, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville
1201 Hadley Road

Coronary arteries supply blood to your heart and can become blocked with calcium-containing plaque which can cause heart attacks.  Coronary calcium scoring, or HeartScan, is a high-tech way of detecting calcium build-up in the arteries and identifying your risk for heart disease.  Our cardiologist will describe this test and answer your questions about other heart attack risk factors. One free HeartScan will be given away in a drawing at the class.

Varicose Vein treatment options
Presented by Charles Kiell, MD
Thursday, Nov 20, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Veins carry blood against the force of gravity relying on leg muscle contraction and one-way valves that carry the blood back toward the heart.  If the valves fail, blood can back up or get congested in the veins, causing diseased veins to become enlarged.  Large failing veins are called varicose veins and smaller ones are called spider veins. If you have large, ropey veins, leg fatigue or heaviness, painful, aching, burning or itching veins, Dr. Kiell will discuss options to treat these veins, as well as cosmetic options for the smaller spider veins. 

Change of Heart classes offered in Fall 2014

Flavorful Holiday Cooking Tips
Thurs, Nov 6, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis – Mooresville
Wednesday, Nov 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Don’t blow your good eating and dining habits this season!  Learn how to manage the holiday feasting and celebrations with herb and spice options to add flavor to your traditional recipes.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
Wednesday, Nov 5, 6:30 the Heart Center
Americans eat nearly half their meals away from home.  How can you control what you eat when you don’t cook for yourself?  Learn how to make wise menu selections and eat smart while dining out.

Reduce Holiday Stress
Wed, Nov 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Negative stress causes changes in lifestyle and behavior, which may lead to unhealthy choices.  Learn to identify the causes of stress in your life and techniques to decrease your stress which can improve your health.

Savvy Shopping
Thurs, Nov 13, 6:30 p.m. at Southport Meijer

With all the new and changing products on the shelves, grocery shopping can be overwhelming.  Learn where to find the healthy foods and how to avoid packaging tricks commonly used to market foods.  Discover how food labels make you a smarter shopper.

Family medicine physician honored for clinical care, compassionate patient concern

Dr. Eric Hartman (l) is presented the award by Dr. Christopher
Doehring, vice president of medical affairs.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eric Hartman, MD, has been recognized with Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Healing Hands Award. The award is given quarterly by the Physician Satisfaction Committee at Franciscan St. Francis.

Dr. Hartman has been a part of the Franciscan St. Francis family since he joined the residency program in 2009. He is currently affiliated with Indiana Internal Medicine Consultants. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Services and is board-certified in family medicine.

While staff and co-workers had glowing remarks about Dr. Hartman, it is his compassionate work and dedication to his patients that appear to have the biggest impact.

A former patient described his care, in part: “He made me feel like I was capable of anything, including fighting my addictions.”

The Healing Hands Award recognizes Franciscan St. Francis physicians for excellence in clinical skills, patient relations, research, stewardship and reflection of the hospital’s care ministry, values and mission.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Physician establishes practice with Oncology & Hematology Specialists

INDIANAPOLIS – Meghana Raghavendra, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists.

She joins seven cancer specialists, who provide care at Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel hospitals. This team also cares for patients at locations in Greensburg, Franklin, Rushville, Columbus and Shelbyville.

Dr. Raghavendra, who specializes in medical oncology, recently completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin, where she earlier completed a residency in internal medicine.  Board-certified in internal medicine, she earned her medical degree from BLDEA’s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College in India.

Dr. Raghavendra held a clinical and academic appointment with the Indiana University School of Medicine and had served as a research associate at the Neurosciences Center at Dartmouth in New Hampshire.

She has made numerous presentations on cancer related subjects and has been published widely in professional journals. Dr. Raghavendra is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American College of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and the Indian Medical Council.

Oncology & Hematology Specialists has provided quality health care services to patients throughout Indiana since 1983.

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carmel Family Medicine welcomes new physician

CARMEL, Ind. – Amanda M. Houchens, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Carmel Family Medicine.

She joins Brian C. Howse, MD, and their office is located at 12188-B N. Meridian St., Suite 280.

Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Houchens recently completed a family medicine residency at St. Vincent Health. She earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and received her undergraduate degrees in biology and Spanish at IU.

A member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, she also is active in the Catholic Medical Association.

To make an appointment with Dr. Houchens, call 317-705-4550.

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

Physician establishes practice with Indiana Heart Physicians

INDIANAPOLIS – Jerome J. Cordova, 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.

Board-eligible in internal medicine, Dr. Cordova completed an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, where he also earned his medical degree and undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

He is a member of the American Medical Association and 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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Computerized patients bolster clinicians’ training at Franciscan St. Francis Health

Hospital’s Simulation Center slated for Oct. 20 open house

GREENWOOD, Ind. – They breathe and their hearts beat. They make sounds and their eyes blink. They may be mannequins, but make no mistake about it – these patients are no mere dummies when it comes to educating clinicians at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

The hospital’s newly opened Simulation Center uses human-like mannequins – male and female, adult and infant alike – to advance the training of physicians, nurses and other medical specialists. These computerized patients can be programmed to simulate a variety of routine and complicated medical situations. 

“This is a realistic, safe and effective way to teach us how to better care for our patients,” said Lorie Nagy, RN, who coordinates the simulation training at the hospital’s Health Education and Support Services Center (ESSC). “This technology is helping to improve health outcomes.”

Watch a training session/news report HERE

The ESSC, located at 421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, will unveil its Simulation Center’s operations to interested staff and the public at an open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

At the open house, guests can tour four health care settings featuring the lifelike patient simulators, enjoy hands-on opportunities checking for a pulse or heartbeat and watch full simulations of lifesaving events from the debriefing rooms. Information on community education classes, door prizes and giveaways and refreshments will all be available.

The center’s four simulation areas include an intensive care unit room, an emergency/physician exam room, a surgical/procedural suite, and a labor and delivery/neonatal intensive care room. Simulation scenarios can be preprogrammed to suit the learning needs and instructor-based objectives achieved through collaboration with the Simulation Center team.

The scenarios can offer valuable, structured learning experiences that are difficult to obtain in real life,” Nagy said, “Encountering rare, life-threatening patient conditions within a safe setting promotes confidence and improved critical thinking skills for a safer patient care environment.
Educators evaluate how RNs are caring for a high-risk newborn.
Debriefing rooms provide a live or taped video feed to discuss and review the scenarios with instructors and clinical staff.

This type of training began a few years ago at Franciscan St. Francis when it acquired newborn and mother mannequins for its obstetrical units at the Indianapolis and Mooresville campuses. The devices simulates breathing and heart rate (mother and fetal), blood flow, urine output and other vitals and can be fitted for IV and intubated to assist breathing. It 

They can be programmed for normal vaginal, multiple and C-section deliveries and post-delivery care.

This "patient" is about to undergo treatment in the ICU.
Hospital educators wanted to extend that training into other clinical areas and serve as a benefit to the community. As a result, the Simulation Center also has been collaborating with local extended-care facilities to enhance their staffs’ training.

For more information on the Franciscan St. Francis Health Simulation Center and the open house, please contact the education department at 317-528-3270. 

Mother and baby take a snooze after a training scenario.

This patient simulator is about to undergo a
procedure with attending physicians.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health collaborates with others to offer new counseling options to Indy's first responders

Christine Frederick offers insight to WISH-TV's Julian
Grace following a news conference at the Old City Hall.
INDIANAPOLIS – First-response employees of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) now have an additional counseling option to turn to in times of need, courtesy of a collaboration between six local hospital systems and the Indy Public Safety Foundation.

Franciscan St. Francis Health counseling services, Community Health Network – Behavioral Health Services, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, Fairbanks Treatment Center,  Indiana University Health and St.Vincent Stress Center are each donating resources and expertise to make Comprehensive Counseling Services a reality, all in support of the city’s first responders and the Indy Public Safety Foundation.

“We are grateful to all our hospital partners for their generosity and the care they are showing for the men and women of Public Safety,” said Director of Public Safety, Troy Riggs. “I continue to be humbled by the support our first responders receive from the Indianapolis community -- citizens and businesses, alike.”

Christian Ellis-Frederick, Employee Assistance Program manager for Franciscan St. Francis, was among the invited panelists on hand for the news conference Oct. 3.

The new, confidential service, accessible through a 24-hour hotline, is live as of today and is designed to supplement existing counseling options already available to DPS first responders through the City of Indianapolis or through their respective DPS division.

Counseling is available to public safety personnel and their spouses, partners, significant others, children, and other household members. Comprehensive Counseling Services offers assistance for a number of issues including, but not limited to, coping with stress and change; family, marital, and significant other relationships; child, adolescent and parenting issues; depression and/or anxiety; and alcohol and drug abuse issues.

“DPS employees already have access to excellent counseling and support options,” said Nick Ball, Executive Director of the Indy Public Safety Foundation. “First responders expressed a desire to have access to an additional option that was community-based and existed outside of the framework of their employment. These six organizations came together in a selfless partnership with our foundation and made this a reality for the benefit of those who protect our city.”

The service will be available to DPS employees for a period of six months, at which point the program will be evaluated by all stakeholders.