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Monday, October 12, 2015

Hospital’s Senior Health Speakers Series continues at Garfield Park

INDIANAPOLIS – Seniors with questions about their health, wellness and safety are likely to find the answers they need at free seminars offered by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

The hospital’s Senior Health Speakers Series at Garfield Park offers the following classes at Garfield Park Burrello Family Center, located at 2345 Pagoda Drive, Indianapolis. Events are free, but registration is required for all sessions and can be made by calling 317-327-7220:
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 21   Am I At Risk of Heart Attack?  While family history plays a role in your risk for heart attack and cardiovascular disease, many steps can be taken to reduce those disorders. Michael Barron, MD, a member of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians, will talk about prevention and how to recognize signs and symptoms of heart attack. A box lunch will be provided to participants. Registration required by 3 p.m., Oct. 17.

1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11  ACO Kidney Talks  Chronic kidney disease afflicts many in the United States. Shelby Baker, RN, will discuss disease progression, prevention, risk factors and how to take control with healthy lifestyle choices. Registration required by 3 p.m., Nov. 14

10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18    Fall Prevention  This program is designed for older adults and caregivers on how to prevent falls in the home.  Christine Claborn, RN, will lead this discussion. Registration required by 3 p.m., Nov. 14.

10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 Bereavement During the Holidays    Grief is a process that people need not face alone. Bereavement counselor Karla Riggs-Norton will provide the opportunity for participants to talk about their personal experiences and also learn what others are going through from the loss of a loved one. This gathering also is geared to help cope and even get stronger during the holidays. Registration required by 3 p.m., Nov. 28.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Franciscan Alliance selects new VP of ambulatory services

INDIANAPOLIS – Christopher A. DiGiusto has been appointed vice president of ambulatory services for Franciscan Alliance.

Among his duties, DiGiusto will provide operational leadership and direction over Franciscan Alliance’s retail sites and ambulatory services, urgent care and occupational health sites; assist with direct-to-consumer engagement; and development and oversight of all telehealth platforms and services.

DiGiusto will report to Robert J. Brody, senior vice president and chief operating officer for ambulatory services for Franciscan Alliance, which operates 14 hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities in Indiana and Illinois.

Since 2009, DiGiusto was the service line director for orthopedics, neurosciences and rehabilitation for Franciscan St. Francis Health, where he was responsible for strategic growth of those medical disciplines at the hospital’s three campuses. During that time, he led many initiatives, including telemedicine services, and spearheaded the development of sports medicine agreements with several school systems throughout Central Indiana.

DiGiusto has held many positions with Franciscan St. Francis Health since joining the organization in 2003.  He has served as director of product and business development and manager of business development. He also was a project team leader for information technology implementation.

An Indianapolis resident, DiGiusto received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he later earned a master’s degree in health services (MHA).

DiGiusto is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has leadership roles with the Indiana Healthcare Executive Network.

Franciscan Alliance is one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the Midwest with 14 hospitals and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Health Care Excellence serving patients in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

Monday, October 5, 2015

New physician establishes practice with Heartland Crossing Pediatrics

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – Bradey T. Kleman, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Heartland Crossing Pediatrics.

He joins Amanda M. Walter, MD, and advanced care provider Lisa A. Watkins, NP. Their offices are located at 1001 Hadley Road, Suite LL 1001, Mooresville.

Dr. Kleman most recently worked as a pediatrician in Columbus, Indiana, and prior to that practiced pediatrics in Terre Haute.

Dr. Kleman received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Akron and earned his medical degree from Wright State University-Boonshoft School of Medicine. He completed a pediatrics residency and post-doctoral training at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Board-certified in pediatrics, Dr. Kleman is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include acute illnesses, Down’s syndrome and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kleman, call 317-834-3502.

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Medicare Extravaganza aims to educate seniors on insurance plans

GREENWOOD, Ind. – It’s that time of year again – that open enrollment period to help seniors choose the right Medicare Advantage plan to cover their health insurance needs.

Senior Promise, a Franciscan St. Francis Health-based organization is hosting a Medicare Extravaganza Oct. 19, Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 at the hospital’s Education Services and Support Center at 421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, one mile south of County Line Road.

Four presentation sessions will be held at the following times: 9 to 10:15 a.m., 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., noon to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. 

Franciscan Insurance Services staff will be joined by representatives from Humana Health Plan Inc., Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare. Each organization will give presentations on their Medicare Advantage plans to help participants make informed decisions about the right plan for their needs.

Registration is not required. For more information, call Senior Promise and Franciscan Insurance Services at 317-528-8277.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Support program helps kids cope with grief over loss of loved ones

INDIANAPOLIS – Death is a part of the life cycle, but it can be an especially difficult for children to grasp and make sense out of loss.

That’s why Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice offers Caterpillar Kids, a free support program that offers learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

“Children do grieve and they may express it differently than adults, but their feelings are as genuine and essential in healing,” said spiritual bereavement counselor Karla Riggs Norton. “Caterpillar Kids brings children together in a safe, nurturing environment where they receive information about grief and learn healthy ways to cope with the death of a loved one.”

The program will offer its Fall Caterpillar Kids series beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, and on subsequent Wednesdays (Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7).
Meetings are at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 South, one mile north of Greenwood Park Mall.

Led by staff trained in bereavement support for children, youngsters will participate in storytelling, art projects, games and other sharing activities. Parents also are invited to participate in a concurrent session to assist them in supporting their children.

To register or for more information about Caterpillar Kids, call 317-528-2636.