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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.