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Monday, November 10, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health Reaccredited as Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has achieved renewal as a Center of Excellence® (COE) by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

As part of the ASMBS, facilities are required to maintain standards set by the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the unified program between the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS. Recertification occurs every three years.

This review process confirms that all Center of Excellence programs, new and existing, continue to meet the evidence-based quality thresholds determined by expert physicians and medical organizations. It also provides an opportunity to improve the overall quality of care by requiring all Centers to meet criteria that keep pace with ongoing advances in clinical practice.

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to rise. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, including type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. 

Weight-loss surgery currently is one successful way to provide lasting relief from severe obesity.

Founded in 2002, the Franciscan St. Francis Weight Loss Center has helped thousands of Hoosiers through its medically supervised weight loss program and its bariatric surgery program.

The center, which was first accredited as a bariatric center of excellence in 2007, includes five physicians, registered dietitians, a nurse practitioner and a staff psychologist.

For more information on weight loss services through Franciscan St. Francis Health and Franciscan Physician Network, call 317-528-7525 or visit

Franciscan St. Francis Health sets PACE by offering health care options to seniors

INDIANAPOLIS – Imagine a community-based health program providing a range of services to seniors who might otherwise need nursing home level care.

That’s exactly what Franciscan Alliance will soon be delivering to local seniors through the Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness – PACE program.  PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a Medicare program for adults age 55 and older and having chronic care needs. PACE is a national program, and Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness will offer the first of its kind in Indiana.

The PACE Center, located at the intersection of Southport and Franklin roads on the city’s far south side, will be formally opened to participants in early January 2015. The program was created as a way to provide area seniors, family members, caregivers and professional health care providers with flexibility to meet consumers’ health needs and continue living in the community.

“The PACE model is the day center, where participants receive therapy, medical care and social services,” said PACE Director Susan Waschevski. “PACE also supports caregivers with training, support groups and respite care to help families keep their loved ones in their homes and the community.

An interdisciplinary team of caregivers and specialists, led by Nicolas Priscu, MD, will design individualized plans of care for each PACE participant. The team includes a registered nurse, social worker, dietitian, physical and occupational therapists, activity coordinator and others.

“PACE provides a centralized location and a focused, coordinated care approach,” Dr. Priscu said.

PACE provides all of the care and the services covered by Medicare and Medicaid – as authorized by the team – as well as additionally medically necessary care and services not covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The coverage includes:
·        Prescription drugs
·        Physician care
·        Therapy
·        Transportation
·        Home care checkups
·        Hospital visits
·        Nursing home stays when necessary

Participation in PACE is voluntary and available to eligible people across the financial spectrum. All Medicare-covered services are paid for individuals who qualify for Medicare. Medicaid-covered participants will pay nothing for the long-term portion of the PACE benefit.

In addition, participants must meet Indiana eligibility requirements for nursing home care, are able to live  safely at home, must be 55 years or older and live within the Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness Service area. 

In advance of the formal opening of the PACE facility, Franciscan St. Francis will host an open house, Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the 11,000-square-foot and meet the staff.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

International surgeons to learn from Franciscan St. Francis Health ortho surgery experts

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – An international panel of orthopedic surgeons is coming to Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville to observe and discuss advancements made in knee replacement surgery and therapies.
They will be learning the latest techniques in knee replacement surgery from physicians who are members of Franciscan Physician Network Joint Replacement Surgeons, the practice group affiliated with the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at the Mooresville campus.
Four international candidates selected for the John N. Insall Travelling Fellowship, sponsored by The Knee Society, will visit the hospital Oct. 22-23. They are
  • Vikas Khanduja, MD
    Addenbrooke’s Cambridge University Hospital, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Tomoyuki Matsumoto, MD
    Kobe University School of Medicine; Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
  • Matthew Morrey, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center; San Antonio, Texas
  • Zachary Post, MD
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Philadelphia, Penn.
“Members of this prestigious group were selected for their surgical skills and research, and we are honored to host them at our center to learn about the work we perform,” said Michael Berend, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the center, a Knee Society member and an Insall Fellow himself in 2004. “To be one of only 10 centers in the world to host the fellowship is a great honor for us. We hope to share with them many of the latest surgical techniques we have developed at the center.”
The Mooresville center is recognized in the United States and the world as a premier center for joint replacement surgery.

For more information about the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery, visit 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Straight from the heart: Free cardiovascular, wellness classes offered in November

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

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

HeartScan: Identifying Cardiac Risk
Babu Doddapaneni, MD
Tues, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville
1201 Hadley Road

Coronary arteries supply blood to your heart and can become blocked with calcium-containing plaque which can cause heart attacks.  Coronary calcium scoring, or HeartScan, is a high-tech way of detecting calcium build-up in the arteries and identifying your risk for heart disease.  Our cardiologist will describe this test and answer your questions about other heart attack risk factors. One free HeartScan will be given away in a drawing at the class.

Varicose Vein treatment options
Presented by Charles Kiell, MD
Thursday, Nov 20, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Veins carry blood against the force of gravity relying on leg muscle contraction and one-way valves that carry the blood back toward the heart.  If the valves fail, blood can back up or get congested in the veins, causing diseased veins to become enlarged.  Large failing veins are called varicose veins and smaller ones are called spider veins. If you have large, ropey veins, leg fatigue or heaviness, painful, aching, burning or itching veins, Dr. Kiell will discuss options to treat these veins, as well as cosmetic options for the smaller spider veins. 

Change of Heart classes offered in Fall 2014

Flavorful Holiday Cooking Tips
Thurs, Nov 6, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis – Mooresville
Wednesday, Nov 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Don’t blow your good eating and dining habits this season!  Learn how to manage the holiday feasting and celebrations with herb and spice options to add flavor to your traditional recipes.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
Wednesday, Nov 5, 6:30 the Heart Center
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 Holiday Stress
Wed, Nov 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
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
Thurs, Nov 13, 6:30 p.m. at Southport Meijer

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.

Family medicine physician honored for clinical care, compassionate patient concern

Dr. Eric Hartman (l) is presented the award by Dr. Christopher
Doehring, vice president of medical affairs.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eric Hartman, MD, has been recognized with Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Healing Hands Award. The award is given quarterly by the Physician Satisfaction Committee at Franciscan St. Francis.

Dr. Hartman has been a part of the Franciscan St. Francis family since he joined the residency program in 2009. He is currently affiliated with Indiana Internal Medicine Consultants. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Services and is board-certified in family medicine.

While staff and co-workers had glowing remarks about Dr. Hartman, it is his compassionate work and dedication to his patients that appear to have the biggest impact.

A former patient described his care, in part: “He made me feel like I was capable of anything, including fighting my addictions.”

The Healing Hands Award recognizes Franciscan St. Francis physicians for excellence in clinical skills, patient relations, research, stewardship and reflection of the hospital’s care ministry, values and mission.