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Monday, November 21, 2016

Franciscan Health Shines Bright in History Center’s Festival of Trees

Sister Veronica Lopez, OSF, decorates the Franciscan Health tree at
 the  Indiana History Center. The center’s Festival of Trees features 
72 different trees on display throughout the building.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health is bringing part of its rich past and seasonal spirit   to a special exhibit at the Indiana History Center’s Festival of Trees.

The hospital has one of 72 themed trees and it is decorated to represent the history and heritage of Franciscan Health and its storied service throughout Indiana. The 12-foot tree in the center’s Lilly Hall features ornaments depicting the San Damiano Cross and Nativity in homage to St. Francis of Assisi.

The tree also is decorated with framed photos of hospitals included in the Franciscan Health system and images of the Blessed Mother Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

As Indiana celebrates its bicentennial this year, each tree in the exhibit represents some aspect of the state’s history. The first Indiana hospital established by the Sisters opened in Lafayette in 1876. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Internal Medicine Physician Honored with Healing Hands Award

Dr. Vyas (center) is presented with the Healing Hands Award from Dr. 
Christopher Doehring (left), vice president of medical affairs, and Dr. 
David Mandelbaum, director of medical staff engagement.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Sanjay S. Vyas, DO, has been selected as the latest recipient of the Healing Hands Award, presented quarterly by Franciscan Health.

With his family members and colleagues looking on, Dr. Vyas received the award at his office at Indiana Internal Medicine Consultants. Board-certified in family medicine, he has been in practice with that group since 2007.

Several patients nominated Dr. Viyas for the Healing Hands Award. One wrote: “Dr. Vyas has been my doctor for more than 12 years and has seen me through thick and thin. He has a great bedside manner and takes time to listen to what you are talking about. He is very compassionate to his patients’ feelings.”

Dr. Vyas earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship and family medicine residency training at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis.

A Greenwood resident, he received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Practitioners, Indiana Osteopathic Association and American College of Physician Executives.

Holiday Gatherings Offer Opportunity to Take Stock of Health

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – We’re on the cusp of the holiday season and poised for family gatherings and meals. It also provides an opportunity for families to take stock of their heart health.

Learning your family health history can help you identify your risk of developing heart and vascular disease and stroke. Knowing the risk can minimize the potential of heart attacks and conditions such as heart valve disease. And further testing may reduce such risks.

Physicians and staff at Franciscan Health offer some tips on what information family members may glean from one another during the holidays:

·        Get health information from your mother, father, sister, brother
·        If relatives have had a heart attack or stroke, how old were they? (if your father or brother were younger than 55 years old or your mother or sister were younger than 65, your risk is higher)
·        Who in the family has high cholesterol, high blood pressure?
·        Does diabetes run in the family?
·        Have your parents had surgery for heart valve disease?
·        Does any family member have peripheral arterial disease (bad circulation in the legs), aneurysms or blocked carotid arteries?  These are all signs of cardiovascular disease.

You can’t change your family, but there are other controllable risk factors to be considered, physicians say.
  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise 30 - 60 minutes, five days a week,  or simply increase your activity level
  • Control blood pressure (less than 120/80)
  • Control cholesterol levels
  • Control blood sugar if you are diabetic

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Free Skin Cancer Screenings Offered by Franciscan Health Dermatologists

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Physician Network Central Indiana Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The clinic is located at 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 310. To register, call (317) 782-4422

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. But early detection and treatment is successful for most diagnosed with skin cancer. Caught early, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 98 percent.

Beginning at age 20, the American Cancer Society recommends a skin cancer-related checkup as part of routine health examinations for men and women. Those considered to be at high risk of skin cancer are:
  • Have light hair, light eye color and fair skin
  • Have used tanning beds
  • Have a family history of melanoma
  • Had sunburns at a young age
  • Have more than 50 moles
  • Have had a previous skin cancer or melanoma diagnosis

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Guru of Gasoline Alley Takes Pole at Senior Promise Xmas Party

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Want to know some obscure fact or gain some insight about the drivers who have turned laps at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Just ask Donald Davidson and he’ll assemble an answer faster than the best pit crew.

Davidson, Speedway historian and member of the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, will share his experiences as the featured speaker at this year’s Senior Promise Christmas Party, slated for Friday, Dec. 9 at Primo Banquet Hall and Conference Center.

The British-born Davidson spent his youth immersed in studying the history of the Indy 500. Upon his first visit to the track in 1964, he amazed race fans with his ability to recite the record of every driver who had ever competed at the 2.5-mile track. The following year, he moved to Indianapolis and became a race statistician.

The affable auto aficionado later would become the Speedway’s first full-time historian, a position he has held for more than three decades. He also is the longest-serving commentator on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network staff.

“Our annual celebration honors the birth of Christ and celebrates the holiday season,” said Mindy King, director of Franciscan Insurance Services, a component of the Franciscan Health-based Senior Promise. “We’re proud to have Mr. Davidson join us this year and share his passion for the Indy 500 and take questions from the audience.”

The annual party also includes a plated lunch to participants and the opportunity to win prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Franciscan Health Food Pantry.

Tickets are on sale now. Senior Promise members pay $20 each and guest tickets are $25. Reservations are required because of limited seating. For more information about the party or to join Senior Promise, call (317) 528-8277.

Since 1987, Senior Promise has been keeping a pledge with more than 33,000 Central Indiana seniors. The program offers a variety of benefits and events to help those ages 55 and older stay in good health and prepare for the future.

Franciscan Insurance Services has licensed agents at its facilities in Indianapolis and Mooresville, all of whom provide counseling and advice about most insurance issues. To learn more call 877-883-6457 (Indianapolis) and (317) 834-9548 (Mooresville).

Monday, October 24, 2016

Family Physician Joins Franciscan Physician Network Plainfield Family Medicine

PLAINFIELD, Indiana – Laura E. Counsell, MD, has established a practice with Franciscan Physician Network Plainfield Family Medicine.

She joins Cindy DeNeira, DO, and advanced practice providers who provide convenient care for infants through seniors in Hendricks County and surrounding areas.

Dr. Counsell recently completed a family medicine residency at St. Vincent Health, where she also served as chief resident and was active in various hospital activities. She received an undergraduate degree in zoology with honors from Miami University of Ohio and earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

An Indianapolis resident, Dr. Counsell is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Counsell, call (317) 781-7328.

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,visit

Friday, October 14, 2016

Senior Franciscan Alliance Executive Honored By Indiana Hospital Association

Robert J. Brody recognized for commitment, contributions to healthcare excellence

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Robert J. Brody has forged a long career focused on discovering innovative ways to deliver stellar and accessible healthcare to patients and to build enduring relationships with the many communities served by Franciscan Alliance. He possesses a quiet but steady style of leadership which might well be described in three words, says one of his long-time associates: A servant’s heart.

Such qualities are among the many reasons why Brody – senior vice president and chief operating officer for Franciscan Alliance – was selected by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) for the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented annually to an Indiana hospital CEO who has made outstanding contributions to their organization, its patients, the community and the overall healthcare profession.

With hundreds of hospital leaders from throughout the state and his proud colleagues and family looking on, Brody was presented with the award Oct. 6 at the IHA’s annual membership meeting in Downtown Indianapolis.

Brody, who served as president and CEO of Franciscan Health’s hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel from 1996 to 2015, has been at the forefront on many progressive and sometimes thorny issues in the ever-changing arena of healthcare industry.

Brody, who was unaware he had been selected for the Distinguished Service Award, only shook his head and smiled when it was revealed in a special video screened at the IHA meeting. And with characteristic modesty, he gave full credit to the many who have impacted his career. Here’s what some of his colleagues and friends had to say about him:

“Bob has been a great friend, coach and mentor to me for many years. He is an outstanding advocate for our patients and communities and has led the way in improving the quality of care and patient satisfaction. Bob is a leader and an innovator, not only in his work with Franciscan Alliance, but for our city and state – and all of healthcare is better for it.” – James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO for Franciscan Health Central Indiana

“Bob has always exemplified what we stand for in healthcare at Franciscan Alliance. Our mission statement is ‘continuing Christ’s ministry in our Franciscan tradition.’ He is very deserving of this award and I am honored and proud to say that I am Bob’s friend.” – Sister Marlene Shapley, OSF, vice president of mission services, Franciscan Health Northwestern Indiana

“He has a servant’s heart and that’s how he does his job and lives his life. And he’s committed to Franciscan values… Bob has often testified before state commissions, the legislature and also on the national level on healthcare issues and he’s done so admirably and humbly.” – Wayne Schmidt, chairman of Franciscan Health Central Indiana Board of Directors

“Bob has been our chairman-elect, he has been our champion over the Friends campaign, chairman of the government relations, and Bob has been a leader in every moment he has been present. He demonstrates all of those attributes that this award celebrates.” – Douglas Leonard, IHA President

“Bob Brody always has been a mainstay in healthcare in Indianapolis and he’s worked collaboratively with other hospitals in the marketplace. He has looked beyond just the four walls of Franciscan Health and always looks out for the best needs of the patient.” – Seth Warren, president and CEO, Riverview Health

During his time at the helm as CEO, Brody spearheaded countless expansion and quality initiatives making Franciscan Alliances Central Indiana Region one of the elite healthcare providers in Indiana and the nation.  He expanded the system from a single acute care hospital to three institutions.

He directed a $300 million expansion and renovation that included the consolidation of Beech Grove inpatient services to the expanded Indianapolis campus in 2012. He also oversaw the creation of Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center and expanded cancer and women services. Brody also engineered the merger of Mooresville’s Kendrick Hospital into Franciscan Alliance and built a short-stay hospital in Carmel. He worked to establish Franciscan Hospice House, a free-standing center on the Indianapolis hospital campus.

In his current role, Brody is responsible for all of Franciscan Alliance’s free-standing ambulatory services and directing the Franciscan Physician Network, which includes more than 750 physicians and nurse practitioners in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Before his career at Franciscan Alliance, Brody served in a variety of administrative leadership roles at hospitals in New Jersey, Louisiana, Texas and North Carolina.

A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Brody is a board member of Franciscan Alliance Foundation Franciscan Health, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Health Information Exchange, Indy 500 Festival and The Sycamore School of Indianapolis. He is a previous member of the Indianapolis-Catholic Community Foundation, Lay Board of Advisors for the Sisters of St. Benedict, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana, Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Brody received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and earned a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University. He completed an administrative residency at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.

Brody and his wife Helen are Carmel residents and have three children.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Franciscan Health Indianapolis Earns Top Cardiology Performance Honors

Hospital is one of only 36 recognized nationally by American College of Cardiology

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Indianapolis has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2016 and is among only 36 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Franciscan Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Franciscan Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.

“We are honored to receive this award and the commitment of our outstanding team of physicians, nurses, and clinical staff is to always provide superior care for our patients,” said Saeed Shaikh, MD, FACC, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist with the hospital’s Heart Center and managing director of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians. “Patients can take comfort knowing that they have access to the highest quality heart care in Indiana and the nation.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle.

Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

More recently, Franciscan Health received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Award for surpassing quality measures in the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Surgeon Joins Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Kelly C. Graner, MD, has established a practice with Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists.

She joins a team of orthopedic surgeons, advanced care providers and other clinical staff whose offices are located at 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis. Board-eligible in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Graner specializes in the treatment of problems involving the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Dr. Graner recently completed an orthopedic hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and orthopedic surgery residency training at Beaumont Health System in Michigan.

Dr. Graner earned her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. She received her undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and Spanish at DePauw University in Greencastle.

A candidate member for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS), she held various leadership positions during her residency and medical school training.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Graner, call (317) 528-4723.

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, visit

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Medicare Extravaganza Aims to Educate Seniors on Insurance Plans

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Insurance Services is hosting several Medicare Extravaganza events to help those on Medicare make informed decisions and the right Medicare Advantage plans for their health insurance needs by offering education on the plans direct from the insurance carriers.

Representatives from Humana Health Plan Inc., Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare/AARP will discuss their respective Medicare Advantage plans at the upcoming events.

“The presentations are held throughout the day, enabling the public to attend as many as they choose,” said Mindy King, director of Franciscan Insurance Services. “In doing so, people can make the best informed decisions during the annual Medicare enrollment period.”

The Medicare Extravaganzas will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

Oct. 12, 13, 14 and Dec. 7
Education Services and Support Center
(Each carrier presents three times at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)

Nov. 3
Millers Merry Manor (Community Room)
(Each carrier presents once - 8:30 a.m. – United Healthcare/AARP, 10 a.m. – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and 11:30 a.m. Humana Health Plan)

Nov. 16
Hilton Garden Inn
5255 Noggle Way
(Each carrier presents once - 8:30 a.m. – United Healthcare/AARP, 10 a.m. – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and 11:30 a.m. Humana Health Plan)

All events in October are informational sessions only. Franciscan Insurance Services staff will be available to help participants complete their Medicare Advantage plan enrollment at the November and December events.

Registration is not required. For more information, call Franciscan Insurance Services at (317) 528-7770.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Free Heart-Healthy Classes Offered to Public throughout October

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in October.

To register for any of the classes, call 317-782-4422 or go online at to see the full listing of fall classes. Seating is limited for these events. The classes include:

Ask the Doc programs offered for October

Dizzy Spells – What should I do?
Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan Health Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis)
Presented by Harry Genovely, MD

Have you ever fainted or passed out for no obvious reason?  Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness and posture and is usually related to a temporary insufficient blood flow to the brain. Figuring out the cause can be a challenge and one of the possible causes could be your heart. Dr. Genovely will talk about syncope, how to identify the cause and what treatment options are available.

Do you have a heart murmur?
Tues, Oct.18, 6:30 p.m.
Monroe Convention Center (302 S College Ave., Bloomington)
Presented by Marc Gerdisch, MD
Refreshments served at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Heart murmurs are caused by valves inside the heart that don’t close properly. Sometimes, people can live with heart murmurs a long time without any symptoms. But if the problem becomes more serious, the blood flow to the heart may be affected. Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Marc Gerdisch will talk about new treatments and surgeries for heart valves, including ongoing research studies at Franciscan Health.  Bring your questions for our nationally and internationally renowned surgeon.

Aneurysms: Pay attention before it’s too late
Thursday, Oct. 27 at Noon
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (720 N Lincoln St, Greensburg)

Abdominal aortic aneurysms, also known as AAA, are uncommon but usually deadly.  They develop slowly and usually have no symptoms, but when the weakened walls of the artery collapse, there is little recourse.

That’s why knowing your risk for AAA is so important. In some cases, the condition is genetic, but if you smoke, have high blood pressure or cholesterol you may be at risk as well. Dr. McCready will discuss risks, symptoms and monitoring of AAA and how Medicare offers a free screening to qualified members age 65-75.

Change of Heart classes offered in Fall 2016

Savvy Shopping
Tuesday, Oct 4, 6:30 p.m. at Camby Meijer (10509 Heartland Blvd.)
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.

Cooking for 2
Wednesday, Oct 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan Health Heart Center
As we get older, our health becomes more of a priority.  After the kids leave home, it can be challenging to scale back our cooking, so dining out seems like an easy option.  In this class, learn how it really is cheaper and healthier to cook at home for two. 

Fitness Tips
Tues, Oct 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan Health Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)
Thurs, Oct 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Heart Center
Being fit is more than being thin.  Research shows that no matter what you weigh, increasing your fitness helps your heart. Discover that exercise can be healthy and fun.  Learn how to set up a schedule for yourself.

Quick meals at home
Wed, Oct.19, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan Health Mooresville
Some days, we just don’t have the time – or the desire – to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  But that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice eating well at home.  Learn how to fix quick and easy nutritious meals you and your family can enjoy.

Meatless Cooking Tips
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Health Heart Center
Meatless meals may help you live longer. Adding more meatless meals to your diet is easy with new products now on the market. This class will help you with menu planning and recipes so you can incorporate more meatless meals into your daily life.

Healthy Meals on a Budget
Tues, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan Health Mooresville

As food prices climb and budgets get tight, smart purchases at the supermarket are important.  In this class, you will learn ways to stretch your food budget while still getting the nutrients you need.

Franciscan Health Weight Loss Center Earns National Reaccreditation

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment from a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Indianapolis area.

They can receive care from Franciscan Health Weight Loss Center, which was recently reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This is a joint accreditation program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The MBSAQIP Standards ensure bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

Led by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Directors Jonathan Mandelbaum, MD, and Hazem Shamseddeen, MD, Franciscan Health Weight Loss Center is committed to continuous improvement to bolster the structure, process and outcomes for patients.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Franciscan Health Weight Loss Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

An estimated 15.5 million Americans suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.

Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of chronic conditions related to severe obesity.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Electrophysiologist joins Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Tonye Teme, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians.

He joins a team of highly regarded physicians, advanced practice providers and other clinicians, who provide care in Indianapolis, Franklin, Greensburg, Martinsville, Columbus, Mooresville, Shelbyville, Crawfordsville and Greencastle.

Dr. Teme is board-certified in internal medicine and echocardiography and board-eligible in general cardiology.  He most recently completed a fellowship in electrophysiology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where he also completed fellowship training in cardiology.

Dr. Teme received his undergraduate degree in biology from Purdue University and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a residency in internal medicine at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Teme, call 317-893-1900.

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, visit

Monday, September 26, 2016

Being Mortal: Franciscan Health Offers Free Film Screening, Discussion

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Franciscan Health has partnered with the Indiana Coalition for Patient Safety and other local hospitals to bring free screenings and post-viewing discussions of the PBS Frontline film, Being Mortal.

Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

The discussion will focus on what matters most to patients and families who are facing difficult treatment decisions. 

“The goal of this project is to educate community members and stress the importance of having end-of-life conversations ahead of a medical crisis,” said David Mandelbaum, MD, medical director of Franciscan Health’s palliative care services and co-medical director, Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice.

Franciscan Health will host three screenings:

·        Monday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. – Franciscan Health Mooresville-Swisher Conference Room (1201 Hadley Road)

·        Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. – Franciscan Health Indianapolis-Auditorium (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)

·        Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – Franciscan Health Indianapolis-Auditorium

These events are free, and registration is not required. Refreshments will be served. 

For more information call, 317-528-7985.  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Physician establishes practice with Center Grove Family Medicine

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Michael J. Mooney, MD, has joined Center Grove Family Medicine, a Franciscan Physician Network practice.

He joins a team of doctors who provide a wide range of convenient primary care services for infants through seniors in a comfortable environment.

Board-certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Mooney recently completed his residency training at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Dr. Mooney received an undergraduate degree in chemistry with highest distinction from Indiana University and earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was active in various clerkships, including radiology, psychiatry, neurology and family medicine.

A member of the Indiana State Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Mooney was active in recruiting programs during his residency and was a physician volunteer at the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mooney, call 317-859-3737.

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, visit

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Physician Establishes Practice with Center Grove Family Medicine

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Kami L. Mooney, MD, has joined Center Grove Family Medicine, a Franciscan Physician Network practice.

She joins a team of doctors who provide a wide range of convenient primary care services for infants through seniors in a comfortable environment.

Board-certified in Family Medicine, she recently completed her residency training at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Dr. Mooney received undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and earned her medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

A member of the Indiana State Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians, she was active as a volunteer and in community work during her academic career.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mooney, call 317-859-3737.

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, visit

Friday, September 9, 2016

Franciscan Health Family Medicine Chief Elected to Prestigious Medical Society

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Richard D. Feldman, MD, has been elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor (AOA) Medical Society-Indiana Chapter.

Dr. Feldman, longtime director of the Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency Program, was elected because of his many years and contributions to graduate medical education and his journalistic work on behalf of public health issues, chapter officials said.

“This is one of the highest honors students, house staff and faculty can bestow on a colleague. Each year the chapter is allowed to select members of our alumni for this distinction,” wrote D. Craig Brater, MD, chapter president and former dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, in the notification letter to Dr. Feldman.

This latest accolade comes in the wake of Dr. Feldman’s recent reappointment as a lay member of the Indiana General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services.

He has held several elected appointments with the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), the Indianapolis Medical Society and Indiana State Medical Association.

Dr. Feldman has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the IAFP and the Indiana Public Health Foundation. In 2014, he received the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

An Indianapolis resident, he has served as president of the IAFP and is past president of the Indiana Medical History Museum and the Indianapolis American Heart Association. Dr. Feldman served as Indiana State Health Commissioner (1997 to 2001) and he’s an editorial columnist for the Indianapolis Star.

Dr. Feldman, a native of South Bend, earned his medical degree from the IU School of Medicine in 1977 and completed his residency in family medicine at Franciscan Health in 1980. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Support Program Helps Children, Teens Handle Grief in Loss of Loved Ones

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana  – Consider the caterpillar: It builds a cocoon and remains safely ensconced until it transforms and emerges into a new life, one that takes flight.

Death is a part of the life cycle, and it’s especially difficult for children to grasp and make sense out of it, particularly when they lose a loved one. And that’s why Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice offers Caterpillar Kids, a support program that offers learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12.

Additionally, Teen Grief Support Group is offered to those from 13 to 18 years of age.

The dates for both programs from Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The workshops, which are free, are from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meetings are at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 South, one mile north of Greenwood Park Mall.

“Children do grieve and they may express it differently than adults, but their feelings are as genuine and essential in healing,” said Karla Riggs Norton, spiritual bereavement coordinator. “Caterpillar Kids brings children together in a safe, nurturing environment where they receive information about grief and learn healthy ways to cope with the death of a loved one.”

Led by staff trained in bereavement support for children, youngsters participate in storytelling, art projects, games and other sharing opportunities. Parents also are invited to participate in a concurrent session to assist them in supporting their children.

Registration is required. To register or for more information about Caterpillar Kids, call Karla Riggs Norton at 317-528-2636, or Jeff Hauersperger at 317 528-2099.