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Friday, December 18, 2015

Franciscan St. Francis Health strikes ‘Gold’ twice for heart failure, stroke care

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has received national recognition for its delivery of care to heart failure and stroke patients.

The hospital recently earned Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guideline for patients with heart failure.

According to the AHA, about 5.7 million adult Americans suffer from heart failure with an estimated 870,000 new cases diagnosed annually. However, heart failure patients can lead full lives when their conditions are managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

At the same time, Franciscan St. Francis also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This acknowledges the hospital’s commitment and success to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, according to nationally recognized guidelines.

Additionally, the AHA reports Franciscan St. Francis has met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center for the rapid diagnosis and treatment related to patient care.

The association also reminds the public that stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and leading cause of adult disability in the United States.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Franciscan CityWay will provide range of services in Downtown Indy

YMCA partnership offers unique blend of health and wellness programs

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – An already-thriving Downtown Indianapolis will soon have new neighbors.

Meet Indy’s new health and wellness dream team: Franciscan St. Francis Health and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will open their doors Dec. 15 at CityWay. This sprawling facility will enable both organizations to offer a unique blend of health care and wellness programs to the public.

“This is a natural partnership and it combines the strength of the clinical services our hospital provides with the depth of health-focused programs for which the YMCA is so well known,” said Dr. James Callaghan, president and CEO for Franciscan St. Francis. “It is an innovative collaboration in every sense and serves the Downtown community in many ways.”
Franciscan CityWay is located at 426 S. Alabama St. The adjoining YMCA facility (430 S. Alabama St.) is a three-story, 87,000-square-foot complex which has been under development since mid-2014.

Both organizations unveiled plans for the partnership in November 2014. Franciscan St. Francis is leasing 13,000 square feet from the YMCA at an estimated capital investment of $2.3 million.

“We are thrilled about working with Franciscan St. Francis Health in the CityWay development, serving all of downtown Indianapolis and neighbors on the southeast side,” said Eric Ellsworth, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis president and CEO. “For over 100 years both the YMCA and Franciscan St. Francis Health have been meeting the needs of people in spirit, mind and body.”

When Franciscan CityWay opens, patients will be welcomed by Drs. Donald McMahon and Amy Corrigan, who will lead a staff of advanced care providers and support experts. Both physicians are certified in family medicine and Corrigan is fellowship-trained in sports medicine.

McMahon has practiced at Franciscan Physician Network Kendrick Family Medicine in Mooresville for 17 years. A newly hired physician, Corrigan most recently was part of the hospital’s medical support team for the 2015 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.

In addition to primary and specialty care, Franciscan CityWay will have physical therapy and lab and imaging services. Depending on future demands, other specialty care services might be available at that office. Also, adult patients will have the convenience and peace of mind knowing their children are being cared for at the YMCA Child Watch center during appointments.

Franciscan CityWay meshes well with what its new neighbor provides to the public.

The YMCA at CityWay will have two indoor swimming pools, three gyms, an elevated running track, state-of-the-art Wellness Center, sauna and whirlpool, and cardiovascular and strength equipment. Also on the menu is a culinary studio, where nutritionists will teach individuals and families how to prepare healthy meals.

For more information or to make an appointment at Franciscan CityWay, call (317) 528-2489 (CITY).

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Franciscan St. Francis Health are planning a Community Day event Saturday, Jan. 16. The public may tour their facilities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New physician establishes practice with Psychiatric Specialists

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – M. Shahid Kamal, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Psychiatric Specialists.

He joins William J. Wiseman, MD; Brock P. Nolan, MD; Teresita C. Briones-Ramilo MD; and advanced care providers Dawn M. Copas and Amina K. Clinker. Their offices are located at 610 E. Southport Road Suite 200, Indianapolis.

Board-certified in general psychiatry, Dr. Kamal has clinical interests in geriatric psychiatry, drug abuse, anxiety disorders and psychopharmacology. He is also certified in suboxone treatment for opioid addictions.

Dr. Kamal most recently served as a full-time psychiatrist with Valle Vista Health System in Greenwood. He has held similar positions at Marion (Ind.) General Hospital, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and other medical facilities in Nebraska.

An Indianapolis resident, Dr. Kamal earned a medical degree from the University of Alexandria (Egypt) and a diploma in family medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Pakistan). He completed psychiatric medicine residency training at the University of Virginia (Roanoke).

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kamal, call 317-781-4588

Franciscan Physician Network is a division of the Mishawaka, Indiana-based Franciscan Alliance. To learn more about network primary and specialty care services in central Indiana, go to

Monday, December 7, 2015

New physician joins Columbus Primary & Specialty Care staff

COLUMBUS, Indiana – E. Doug Poplin, MD, MPH has established a practice with Franciscan Physician Network Columbus Primary & Specialty Care.

Board-certified in family medicine, he most previously was medical director and staff physician at Franciscan WorkingWell (occupational services). He also serves as medical director of St. Thomas More Free Clinic, a medical outreach program to the underserved in Mooresville.

Dr. Poplin also was a consulting occupational health physician for the federal government in Indianapolis and an industrial health services doctor for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky.

He is a certified civil surgeon by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and certified medical examiner for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Dr. Poplin received his undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology at Centre College of Kentucky (Danville) and earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Lexington), where he received academic honors.

He completed a family medicine residency at Franciscan St. Francis Health and later earned a master of public health in occupational medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Poplin, call 812-342-3339. Columbus Primary & Specialty Care is located at 123 2nd St.

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