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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 MyHeartCare.net 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 p.m.at 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Physician establishes practice with Oncology & Hematology Specialists

INDIANAPOLIS – Meghana Raghavendra, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists.

She joins seven cancer specialists, who provide care at Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel hospitals. This team also cares for patients at locations in Greensburg, Franklin, Rushville, Columbus and Shelbyville.

Dr. Raghavendra, who specializes in medical oncology, recently completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin, where she earlier completed a residency in internal medicine.  Board-certified in internal medicine, she earned her medical degree from BLDEA’s Shri B.M. Patil Medical College in India.

Dr. Raghavendra held a clinical and academic appointment with the Indiana University School of Medicine and had served as a research associate at the Neurosciences Center at Dartmouth in New Hampshire.

She has made numerous presentations on cancer related subjects and has been published widely in professional journals. Dr. Raghavendra is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American College of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and the Indian Medical Council.

Oncology & Hematology Specialists has provided quality health care services to patients throughout Indiana since 1983.

Franciscan Physician Network is a division of the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance. To learn more about network primary and specialty care services in central Indiana, go to FranciscanDocs.org.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carmel Family Medicine welcomes new physician

CARMEL, Ind. – Amanda M. Houchens, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Carmel Family Medicine.

She joins Brian C. Howse, MD, and their office is located at 12188-B N. Meridian St., Suite 280.

Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Houchens recently completed a family medicine residency at St. Vincent Health. She earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and received her undergraduate degrees in biology and Spanish at IU.

A member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, she also is active in the Catholic Medical Association.

To make an appointment with Dr. Houchens, call 317-705-4550.


Franciscan Physician Network is a division of the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance. To learn more about network primary and specialty care services in central Indiana, go to FranciscanDocs.org.

Physician establishes practice with Indiana Heart Physicians

INDIANAPOLIS – Jerome J. Cordova, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians (IHP) as a hospitalist.

He is part of the newly established Cardiovascular Hospitalist Program, which will team him with interventional cardiologists to admit and consult on patients overnight. Hospitalists specialize in the care of patients in the hospital. 

IHP created the hospitalist program to make its cardiologists more available to Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center patients during day time hours. This approach improves continuity of care for patients who have been admitted overnight.

Board-eligible in internal medicine, Dr. Cordova completed an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, where he also earned his medical degree and undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

He is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians.

Indiana Heart Physicians has offices in Indianapolis, Franklin, Greensburg, Martinsville,  Mooresville and Shelbyville.

Franciscan Physician Network is a division of the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance. To learn more about network primary and specialty care services in central Indiana, go to FranciscanDocs.org.