Archive for July, 2009

Saying goodbye to a great Foundation friend

Posted on July 31st, 2009 | No Comments »

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack Heiney, a current Community Health Network Foundation board member who has tirelessly served on numerous Community boards since 1970, who is mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Betty.

Betty, 90, passed away the afternoon of July 28 and a memorial service honoring her life will be held Monday, August 3 at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center in Broad Ripple at 3 p.m. and visitiation will be from 1-3 the same day.

 Jack and Betty were married for 68 years and enjoyed a very long and happy life together. She was very supportive of Jack’s volunteer commitment to Community and she helped found the Jack and Betty Heiney Society, the Foundation’s planned giving circle.

Jack has requested memorial contributions be made to Community Health Network Foundation at 1500 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 or just go to, click on Make a Gift and make a gift in Betty’s memory.

Here is here obituary, published today in the Indianapolis Star…
Betty M. Horn Heiney 90, of Indianapolis, died Tuesday afternoon, July 28, 2009. Betty was born July 24, 1919 in Weissport, Pennsylvania to the late James G. and Florence Caffrey Horn. Mrs. Heiney was a graduate of Leighton High School in Leighton, PA and attended for two years Moravian Seminary College for Women. Betty was a devoted wife and homemaker throughout her life having lived and traveled many places with her husband Jack. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed membership for many years at Meridian Hills Country Club. Mrs. Heiney is survived by her husband of 68 years, John W. “Jack” Heiney and her nephew, George G. Heiney III and his wife Betty. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday August 3, 2009 at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Broad Ripple, with a memorial service beginning at 3 p.m., Dr. Gene Sease officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Health Network Foundation, 1500 N. Ritter, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219.

Community-sponsored Symphony event attracts largest crowd

Posted on July 29th, 2009 | No Comments »

A crowd estimated to be as large as 4,000 people gathered in Ellenberger Park to enjoy the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s only free summer concert in Indy this year, an event made possible by the support of Community Health Network. It was the fourth year in a row that Community has sponsored a symphony concert in the park, and organizers say it was the most successful event yet.

Community Health Network CEO Bill Corley took the baton as the guest conductor for one of the works on the program, which was preceded by remarks by Steve Hultgren, interim president of Community Hospital East, and Dan Hodgkins, Community Health Network vice president of community benefit. The Community Health Network Foundation also collected nearly $1,000 in donations, earmarked to help bring the ISO back to the park next summer.

“It was wonderful to see Bill Corley directing the symphony, and Steve Hultgren and myself doing our best at a vaudeville act,” Hodgkins says. “We raised money and interest in our work on the eastside.”

The concert, held the evening of July 21, represents just one of the many ways Community connects with and supports the neighborhoods it serves. The program distributed at the concert spotlighted some of the other initiatives through which the network provides community benefit, including its school-based health clinics, Habitat for Humanity build, and the medicinal garden recently planted near Community East by volunteers representing Wellspring Pharmacy and the network’s community benefit team.

Nominate a nurse for Community’s Nursing Excellence Awards

Posted on July 17th, 2009 | No Comments »

Community Health Network registered nurses and licensed practical nurses strive for excellence in professional practice. And now is your chance to nominate one (or more) for a 2009 Nursing Excellence Award.

This is a great program that salutes our compassionate, hard-working and talented nurses. The awards are distributed at a nursing event in November that is a true celebration of our nursing culture driven by excellence.

Nominations will only be accepted online and the nomination deadline is Friday, July 31, 2009 at 11:59 p.m.

Community Health Network Foundation values all nurses and encourages you to make a nomination. Click here to learn more and nominate >>

Free concert July 21 at Ellenberger Park

Posted on July 17th, 2009 | 2 Comments »

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is performing the IPL Symphony in the Park concert on Tuesday, July 21, at 7:30pm at Ellenberger Park. Community Health Network is proud to sponsor this event and admission is free!

The Park is located at 5309 E. St Clair St. Free parking with shuttle service is available at Community Hospital East, located at 16th and Ritter Ave.

Donations made to Community Health Network Foundation will be collected at the event to fund future concerts in this important neighborhood of our network of care.

 So, pack a basket, bring your family and friends and have a great time. It’s your prescription for first-class, no-cost fun!

See you there!

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We care about creating exceptional patient and family experiences

Posted on July 15th, 2009 | No Comments »

One of the many things we care about is creating exceptional patient and family experiences. Our donors fund opportunities that empower our employees to make every patient and family experience exceptional. Every day, we support programs and services that positively impact the lives of our guests through the exceptional delivery of connected, convenient and coordinated care.  But, those experiences aren’t just made exceptional by the quality of care patients receive or the fact that we helped purchase state-of-the art medical technology. While those are so very important to us, it is the responsibility our compassionate caregivers take upon themselves to blur the line between being good caregivers and just being good people that allows us to create exceptional experiences that truly impact the lives of our patients.

Honestly, supporting our clinical colleagues create these exceptional moments is truly one of the most rewarding experiences our Foundation staff gets to enjoy. These teams are empowered to help our patients forget that they are in the hospital and help them stay connected to the events in their lives. So, when you hear stories of us hosting a prom for a hospitalized teenager turned prom queen, or throwing a wedding for a dying patient and his fiancée, just know those are everyday events for us. Because they are for our patients, too. Just because a patient or a loved one is in the hospital doesn’t mean that they should miss anything in their life. And you can thank our generous donors for that.

Recently, we had the chance to help change Leah’s life. She was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Community Hospital North after contracting a severe case of E.coli. And, that meant she was going to miss her senior prom. Our nurses couldn’t accept the fact that Leah was not going to be able to attend a monumental event in her life, so they decided to go the extra mile and do something about it. Watch how Foundation donors helped change the life of a patient turned prom queen or click here to read her story.

Want to learn more about our commitment to creating exceptional patient and family experiences? Check out and learn more about what we care about. And, then please share what you learn with someone else who may also care.

Be a Facebook fan

Posted on July 15th, 2009 | No Comments »

This week we have connected with many of our employee donors on Facebook. Click here and become a fan. We’ll keep you informed with status updates, great video stories and links to learn how donors continue to help us improve health care in central Indiana.