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Monday, February 1, 2016

New palliative care leaders selected by Franciscan St. Francis Health

David Mandelbaum
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – David M. Mandelbaum, MD, and Lynn Marie Robbin, MSN, have been appointed medical director and director, respectively, for Palliative Care Services at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

They lead a team of providers whose interdisciplinary care relieves suffering and improves quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative medicine assists patients who are experiencing serious, often life-limiting illnesses, while providing support for their loved ones.

Long associated with Franciscan St. Francis, Dr. Mandelbaum also serves as medical co-director for Franciscan VNS Hospice, director of the Office of Medical Staff Engagement, and as the physician leader of the hospital’s transition to an electronic medical records system.

Lynn Robbin
A native of New York City, he has served as President and Vice President of the Franciscan St. Francis Health Medical Staff and chaired the Department of Surgery. He was a practicing general surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network Indy Southside Surgical from 1986 to 2009.

Dr. Mandelbaum received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Indiana University, where he later earned his medical degree. He completed an internship, residency and fellowship in surgery at The Ohio State University Hospitals.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, the American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association and Indianapolis Medical Society.

A nurse practitioner, Robbin, who has been affiliated with Franciscan St. Francis since 2007, was manager of the Palliative Care Department where she was responsible for the inpatient acute care unit and daily operations. She also has served in nursing leadership and related clinical and research roles with Central Indiana Cancer Centers, Indianapolis-area hospitals and Riverview Hospital.

A New Palestine resident, Robbin received an undergraduate degree in education from Indiana University.

She held various elementary teaching positions before receiving an associate of science in nursing from IU, where she graduated with honors. In 2005, Robbin earned a master of science in nursing from IU.

Robbin is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (honor society of nursing), Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Free heart-healthy classes offered to public throughout February

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in February.

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

From Garden to Table Made Easy
Wednesday, Feb. 17
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. (Entrance 1)

From tiny patio herb gardens to your backyard or community plots, you can grow and make you own fresh, delicious, healthy food. Let us show you how to enjoy the bounty of the seasons. We’ll provide tips and ideas for preparing the food from your garden for beginning and seasoned gardeners alike. 

Growing your own food can save you money, provide good exercise and increase the nutrients you eat. You’ll be surprised at just how flavorful fresh produce can be on its own with little or no added salt and fat.  Preserving a harvest is even more fun. Our experts discuss our favorite techniques, freezing and drying, and how to save herbs to use to flavor your dishes all year-long.

Participants also will be given a package of tips, ideas and seeds to prepare their gardens this spring.

Atrial fibrillation: What are your options?
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Refreshments served at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:30 p.m.
YMCA at CityWay, 426 S. Alabama St., Indianapolis
Presented by: John W. Moore, III, MD, Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians and Andrew Barksdale, MD, Cardiac Surgery Associates

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition where the heart beats irregularly at a high rate. Some people say it feels like a hummingbird fluttering in their chest. When severe, this condition can lead to heart attack or stroke.

Fortunately, physicians and surgeons can treat this condition in several ways. Drs. Moore and Barksdale will discuss signs and symptoms of Afib and the innovative treatment options available. These physicians also will provide details about a new surgical procedure that, when Afib is diagnosed in the early stages may be permanently corrected. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health, NWS to offer free Storm Spotter class, preparedness training

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Severe weather consistently has been one of central Indiana’s highest threats over the years. While we have the latest technology to monitor the weather and even detect tornadoes on radar, the trained human eye is still our first line of defense. 
That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Emergency Management program is hosting National Weather Service Storm Spotter training from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The training is free and open to the public.
“The National Weather Service offers training every year across the country as they rely on trained weather spotters to report conditions in the field that radar can’t detect,” said Diana Leonard, the hospital’s emergency management coordinator.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Tucek will describe cloud and wind patterns associated with severe weather; how to interpret weather radar data; and offer tips on how to remain safe during severe weather.
The event is located in the basement auditorium at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.
The hospital was designated as a NWS StormReady Community Supporter, the first health care system in the state to receive such recognition. 

For more information, contact Diana Leonard at 317-528-8956 or

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Indy, Mooresville physicians selected for Distinguished Service Awards

Dr. Keating

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Two specialty care physicians will soon be honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award presented by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

E. Michael Keating, MD, is a retired orthopedic surgeon from the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery and Joint Replacement Surgeons, a practice of Franciscan Physician Network. The second honoree, David C. Pound, MD, is a gastroenterologist with Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology Inc.

Dr. Keating retired from practice in early 2015 after practicing in Mooresville for more than 25 years. He attended medical school and completed his residency training at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He later served as assistant professor of orthopedics at LSU.

A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Keating has served as chairman of the program committee for The Knee Society.
Dr. Pound

Dr. Pound continues with an active practice in the Indianapolis area. He attended medical school and completed his residency and fellowship training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he currently holds an academic appointment. He also serves as president of the Indianapolis Gastroenterology Research Foundation and is a board member of Franciscan Alliance in Central Indiana.

“These two physicians have been devoted to excellence in patient care,” said Christopher Doehring, MD, vice president of medical affairs. “Their many years of service and commitment to enhance the quality of care reflects a vibrant dedication to the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.”

Drs. Keating and Pound will be honored with a celebration on Jan. 30 at the Regions Tower in downtown Indianapolis.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Baby New Year arrives at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The clock read 12:40 a.m. and Ava Bentley became the first baby born in 2016 at Franciscan St. Francis Health.
She weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 ounces and was 22 inches long.  She is the daughter of Amanda and Mike Bentley of Greenwood, Indiana.
There were 2,224 babies born at the Indianapolis hospital as of Dec. 29, 2015. Nearly 48,000 infants have been delivered there since 1995, when the Women and Children’s Services program was consolidated at the 8111 S. Emerson Ave. medical campus.
Families of the first New Year Day baby born at Franciscan St. Francis Health receive a gift basket containing items for the baby.

Each time a child is born at the hospital, Jesus Loves Me chimes throughout the hospital via the public address system.