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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Variety of free heart health, nutrition classes offered throughout May

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering a full range of free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness throughout May.

Call 317-782-4422 or go on-line at to register for any of the classes, which include:

Aneurysms: Pay attention before it’s too late
Thursday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
UnaVie Cardiology Center
2451 Intelliplex Dr.  Shelbyville

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. Charles Kiell, MD, will discuss risks and symptoms of AAA and how St. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center vascular surgeons are monitoring patients at risk and are using new materials to repair aneurysms before they rupture.

Treatment options for atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Clarion Hotel
2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus
Refreshments served at 6 p.m.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats irregularly at a high rate. If severe, this condition can lead to heart attack, stroke or death. Cardiologist John Moore III, MD, and cardiothoracic surgeon Marc Gerdisch, MD, will discuss the current medical and surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation and who should be treated.

Fitness Tips
Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road) Register here>
Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.) Register here>
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.

Flavorful Cooking Tips
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville Register here>
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.) Register here>
Healthy cooking leads to a healthy life.  Adding herbs and spices to your cooking increases the flavor and enjoyment of the meals.  Learn how to choose the right ingredients that pump up the nutritional value and flavor of your favorite recipes in this class.  Recipe substitutions and cooking techniques will be discussed.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road) Register here>
Americans eat nearly half their meals away from home.  How can you control what you eat when you don’t cook for yourself?  Learn how to make wise menu selections and eat smart while dining out.

Reduce Stress
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.) Register here>
Negative stress causes changes in lifestyle and behavior, which may lead to unhealthy choices.  Learn to identify the causes of stress in your life and techniques to decrease your stress which can improve your health!

Savvy Shopping
Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Southport Meijer (5325 E. Southport Road) Register here>

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.

Arbor Day: Tree giveaway branches out with Greenwood and Franciscan St. Francis Health

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The City of Greenwood and Franciscan St. Francis Health are partnering for Arbor Day Friday, April 25 by giving away 1,000 tree saplings.

The giveaway will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at three locations: Greenwood Fire Department Headquarters (155 E. Main St.), Greenwood Community Center (100 Surina Way) and Franciscan St. Francis’ Education and Support Services Center (421 N. Emerson Ave.).

Participants can receive two saplings and information about their planting and care.

Arbor Day is observed annually, usually in spring, and encourages the public to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day in the United States was in Nebraska City, Neb., in April 1872.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Japanese orthopedic surgeon conducting research in central Indiana

MOORESVILLE, Ind. — Tatsuya Sueyoshi, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery and the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Research Foundation for one-year research fellowship, beginning in early April.

Sueyoshi, 37, will work at the Mooresville campus and at the foundation’s biomedical research lab at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

“We at the JRSI Research Foundation in Mooresville and the Orthopaedic Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute are looking forward to Dr. Sueyoshi's research here,” said Michael Berend, MD, orthopedic surgeon with the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery and a member of the Franciscan Physician Network. “During his time with us, Dr. Sueyoshi will share his research expertise by collaborating with our team of surgeons and researchers in the investigation and improvement of total joint replacement surgery.”

Sueyoshi will split his time in support of clinical database research at the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery and biomechanical research collaborations with Rose-Hulman.

“This international exchange of clinical experience and scientific interests will bolster the research efforts of the JRSI Research Foundation in addition to providing training opportunities for Dr. Sueyoshi to take back to Japan and incorporate into the care of his own patients in back home,” Berend said.    

This is Sueyoshi’s second visit to the United States but his first time to live abroad. He said he is looking forward to living in Indiana, though he’s nervous about the “severe winter cold in the Midwest. I was brought up in Okinawa, the most southern island of Japan.”

Suevoshi received his medical degree and an advanced doctorate degree in orthopedic surgery from Kyoto University. He is board certified by the Japanese Orthopedic Association and a member of the Japanese Orthopedic Association and the Japanese Society of Cartilage Metabolism.

He plans to return to Japan following his fellowship training here. He is an orthopedic surgeon with the Yoshikawa Hospital in Kyoto.

Franciscan St. Francis nursing chief among IU School of Nursing centennial honorees

INDIANAPOLIS – Susan H. McRoberts, vice president and chief nursing officer for Franciscan St. Francis Health, has been named as one of the first recipients of the Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders Award at the Indiana University School of Nursing.

The award, which recognizes alumni’s outstanding contributions to nursing education, clinical practice, leadership and research, coincides with the school’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

“We’re extremely proud of our Top 100 Alumni Legacy leaders,” said Marion Broome, PhD, IU School of Nursing dean. “Their contributions have made a deep and lasting impact on the profession and in the health care system.”

McRoberts began her career at Franciscan St. Francis in 1980 as manager for inpatient mental health services. She later served as director of behavioral health services and director of quality management.

As chief nursing officer, a position she assumed in 1997, she is responsible for the overall nursing practice, staffing and budget for more than 1,400 nurses who work at Franciscan St. Francis’ hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel. She is an integral member of the administrative and clinical leadership of those three campuses and their parent organization, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance.

A resident of Greenwood, McRoberts is an associate adjunct professor at the IU School of Nursing and active in the school’s graduate programs.

McRoberts received her undergraduate in nursing and her master’s in nursing administration from IU. Certified in Advanced Nursing Administration, she is a member of the American and Indiana State Nurses Association, American and Central Indiana Organization of Nursing Executives, and the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety.

She also is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a national nursing honor society and the Indiana Center for Nursing, the latter of which she is a charter member.

McRoberts and other honorees will be recognized June 21 in downtown Indianapolis as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration Weekend.

The IU School of Nursing is one of the largest schools of its kind in the nation. About 40 percent of Indiana’s nurses are graduates of the school.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New family medicine residents ready for rounding at Franciscan St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS – Newly minted physicians will begin honing their skills in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan St. Francis Health on July 1.

The 36-month program launches the start of their family medicine careers. Residents practice out of the hospital’s Family Medicine Center in Indianapolis, where they see patients of all ages and incomes. They also provide care for expectant mothers and deliver babies for many of these patients at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.
This year’s class, which was expanded to eight participants, includes: Elizabeth Arneman, DO, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; Sarah Astorga, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine; Nathan Billington, MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine; Paul Day, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Jon Feist, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Brandon Hockenberry, University of Nevada School of Medicine; Tim Musick, MD, University of Nevada School of Medicine; and Amanda Smith, MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
“We are so pleased and excited with our results and the calibre of these residents,” said Richard Feldman, MD, program director. “We could not have asked for a better outcome.”

More than 225 physicians have completed residencies at Franciscan St. Francis since the program began, most choosing to remain in Indiana to establish family medicine practices.