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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New spiritual care director selected by Franciscan St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Michael E. Burns, SDS, has been appointed director of Spiritual Care Services at Franciscan St. Francis Health, effective Aug.24.

Since 2006, Father Burns has served as director of pastoral care at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee, where he oversaw chaplaincy and spiritual care outreach services. The facility provides assisted living, long-term skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and respite care for the elderly.

Father Burns has more than 25 years of experience in pastoral care. He has been an on-call chaplain at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, parish priest at Saints Peter and Paul Parish and has held other hospital chaplaincy positions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa.

Ordained as a priest in the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians), Father Burns earned a master’s of divinity from the Sacred Heart School of Theology and a master’s of arts in religion at the Athenaeum of Ohio. He received a bachelor’s of arts and history at the Pontifical College of Josephinum and completed clinical pastoral education training.

Father Burns is certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains

“We are happy to have Father Burns join our Franciscan St. Francis family,” said Sister Marcene Franz, vice president of Mission Services. “He brings many years of Spiritual Care experience and management expertise. We welcome him to lead us into the future of what is most important – our mission and our spiritual direction.”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service selects new leader for home health, hospice programs

INDIANAPOLIS – Brenda Schoenherr has been appointed administrative director of Home Care, Hospice and Hospice House for Franciscan VNS.

In that role she is responsible for developing and implementing programs, coordinating patient throughput and staff and physician collaborations.

Schoenherr’s most recent position was regional operations director for Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tenn., where she oversaw 12 hospice programs nationally. Before that, she held various administrative and clinical leadership roles with Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association in Michigan.

A nurse by training, she rose through the ranks at Hospice of Michigan to become a regional director, coordinating the support of several teams providing hospice services in long-term care facilities. In 2008 she was awarded Educator of the Year by the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Schoenherr received her undergraduate degree in nursing from American Sentinel University (Denver) and earned a master’s in business healthcare management from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies (Michigan).

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Be inspired and be in motion at Franciscan St. Francis Health event

Valerie Rockey

So You Think You Can Dance finalist to emcee, Colts Cheerleaders show their steps

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franciscan St. Francis Health is encouraging women to get up and move for their health and well-being.

That’s why the hospital is hosting Inspiring Motion on Saturday, Aug. 22, a day of dance, fitness, fun and other health-related activities. This free event will be held at the Johnson County National Guard Armory in Franklin (325 Minutemen Way) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be emceed by Valerie Rockey, who tapped her way to second place last season on So You Think You Can Dance. The dances attendees can expect to learn include Zumba lessons, routines from Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and other fitness dances.

Inspiring Motion also includes free health screenings, refreshments, chances to win raffle prizes and a photo booth for participants and their friends.

All ages and fitness levels for both men and women are welcome. To register, call 317-782-4422 or register online.

Franciscan St. Francis Health offers many women’s health services, ranging from preventive medical care and health screenings to gynecological care, maternity and more. The Women & Children’s Center received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as an America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sports Medicine experts offer screenings to student athletes Aug. 1

INDIANAPOLIS – As the new school year begins, the safety and well-being of student athletes is paramount. Franciscan St. Francis Health Sports Medicine wants all athletes to get off to a good start by offering a makeup sport “physical/screen screening on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The screenings will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus (5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 301). The cost is $15 per screening (cash or check only). Screenings are by appointment only and may be made by calling 317-781-1133.

To learn more about Sports Medicine programs and services at Franciscan St. Francis go to

Friday, July 17, 2015

Franciscan St. Francis Health, MSD Martinsville score sports medicine deal

MARTINSVILLE, Ind.  – Franciscan St. Francis Health and the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville have forged an agreement to provide medical and related support for high school athletics program.

The hospital’s Sports Medicine program will provide an on-site physician for all Martinsville High School home football games and certified athletic trainer services as determined by the school’s athletic director. Athletic trainers also will be on hand for all high school athletic activities.

 “Franciscan St. Francis Health – which operates the only full-service hospital in Morgan County – is proud to be part of the MSD Martinsville team, and we look forward to work with coaches and students to ensure their health, safety and well-being,” said Chris DiGiusto, director of the hospital’s Ortho-Neuro Service Line. “Our sports medicine physicians and staff have extensive experience in all areas of caring for athletes.”

The agreement is effective July 2015 through June 2018.

“The MSD of Martinsville is very thankful for the support of its newest partner, Franciscan St. Francis Health,” said Superintendent Dr. Michele Moore. “This partnership will allow our school district to better serve its many students and families.”

Among other terms of the agreement:
·        Sports medicine physicians and staff will provide concussion prevention and management testing and screenings to help prevent other sports-related injuries
·        The hospital will provide sports-related medical equipment as needed
·        On-site student athlete physicals to be available
·        Franciscan St. Francis Health will receive exclusive naming rights as the premier sports medicine provider to MSD Martinsville
·        The hospital will have prominent placement of its name and logo on scoreboards, signage and banners and other relevant information in athletic publications
J    Jeff Peterson, MD, medical director of Franciscan St. Francis Health Sports Medicine, leads a team of physicians, athletic trainers and staff who provide a full range of services to area schools, athletic leagues and teams, and community-wide sporting events throughout Central Indiana.

      The sports medicine team also provides a range of athletic training and other health-related support to Mooresville High School in northern Morgan County.ooresville High School in northern Morgan County.