Archive for December, 2009

$1 million donated to build healthy communities, honor wife

Posted on December 28th, 2009 | No Comments »

As we celebrate this wonderful season of giving, it is our pleasure to share with you an exciting, and historical, donor announcement.

Jack Heiney (sitting) announced his donation in a meeting with (l-r) Anita Harden, Community Health Network Foundation Interim President and CEO, Bryan Mills, Community Health Network President and CEO, and Yvonne Shaheen, George Geiger and Katie Betley, all Community Health Network board members.

Jack Heiney (sitting) announced his donation in a meeting with (l-r) Anita Harden, Community Health Network Foundation Interim President and CEO, Bryan Mills, Community Health Network President and CEO, and Yvonne Shaheen, George Geiger and Katie Betley, all Community Health Network board members.

Community Health Network Foundation has received a $1 million cash donation from John W. “Jack” Heiney, who has made the largest financial donation in our history.

Jack made the unrestricted gift to fund our mission to support Community Health Network’s commitment to improve the health of the central Indiana communities Community serves. Jack told us he also made this donation to celebrate his wife, Betty, who passed away in July 2009 after they enjoyed 68 years of marriage. He claims she was always supportive of his volunteer commitments to Community, and was instrumental in founding the Jack and Betty Heiney Society, our planned giving society.

 The unrestricted donation will support Community’s future greatest needs and will provide funding to improve community health through outreach, wellness and prevention programs, to invest in Community’s network of health care facilities and employees who deliver the best coordinated and convenient care possible, and to lead patient-centered health care reform.

To forever celebrate this gift, Betty’s memory and the decades of board service Jack has provided us, we are naming a portion of Community Hospital North the John W. “Jack” and Betty Heiney Patient Care Tower. The board room at Indianapolis-based Visionary Enterprises, Inc., a Community Health Network partner, also commemorates Jack with a display of his numerous career and civic accomplishments.  

Patients, families, physicians and employees will forever be grateful for the extreme generosity Jack and Betty Heiney have provided to Community. This gift will undoubtedly change the lives of countless people over many years. We celebrate Jack and Betty and thank them for investing in our work to serve the community, the true reason our network exists.

Jack Heiney (sitting) with the following Foundation staff members (l to r): Ryan Chelli, Anita Harden, Barbara Coury, Kyle Henne, Marcy Zunk, Melodie Kent, Jack Beatty, Marsha Wager and Debbie Ahaus.

Jack Heiney (sitting) with the following Foundation staff members (l to r): Ryan Chelli, Anita Harden, Barbara Coury, Kyle Henne, Marcy Zunk, Melodie Kent, Jack Beatty, Marsha Wager and Debbie Ahaus.

Health Literacy Foundation donates holiday books to our pediatric patients

Posted on December 23rd, 2009 | No Comments »

Health Literacy Foundation’s Dr. Joyner presented 100 holiday books to Community Health Network’s Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services and Judy Christner, Community Hospital North’s director of pediatrics, which will be given to patients this holiday

Health Literacy Foundation’s Dr. Joyner presented 100 holiday books to Community Health Network’s Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services and Judy Christner, Community Hospital North’s director of pediatrics, which will be given to patients this holiday.

Last week, we got a call from Dr. Joyner who represents the Health Literacy Foundation, which was established in 2003 to enable medically vulnerable and underserved populations to gain access to the most reliable and relevant health information and materials. The foundation was calling wanting to donate free holiday books that we could pass out to our pediatric patients during the holiday week. We were thrilled to learn they wanted to give presents to our patients staying with us during the holiday!

The hard-back book, titled “Bear Crimbo,” is beautifully illustrated and was written by M.W. Goss. We’ll be distributing 100 of them to patients at Community Hospitals East, North and South and at some of our Community Physicians of Indiana practices.

Thank you to Dr. Joyner and everyone at the Health Literacy Foundation!

Happy Holidays to all of our donors and friends!

Grant will advance pediatric patient safety and quality at Community Hospital East

Posted on December 17th, 2009 | No Comments »

Community Health Network Foundation, the philanthropic organization of Community Health Network, has received a $7,500 Putting Patients First grant from the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA)  and Toshiba that will be used to create a pediatric safety and quality program designed by the medical imaging department at Community Hospital East.

Receiving one of six annual grants awarded to health care providers across the country, Community will use the grant to create the Pediatric CT Imaging Simulation Program, an Internet-based simulation that will be used to educate pediatric patients and their caregivers about the CT diagnostic imaging process. Community is the only health care provider in Indiana to receive the grant.

 “Community Health Network is continually looking for ways to improve our patients’ experiences by putting them first,” said Melisa Mattingly, program director for the School of Radiologic Technology at Community Health Network.  “The Putting Patients First Program supports the organization’s commitment to patient safety.” 

Programs funded by these grants are used to create best practice tools to share with other hospitals and institutions.  Community Hospital East’s winning proposal involves the development of an Internet-based computer learning management program for pediatric patients to use at home or at the hospital at any point before their scheduled imaging procedure.  Once developed, the program will be accessible to patients online and at computer kiosks in two Community Health Network facilities.  The hospital’s medical imaging department is hoping that this program will improve patient understanding of the procedure, therefore reducing the need for sedation and repeated imaging.  Work on the grant project has already begun and completion is expected by summer 2010.

Other recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant include: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta of Egleston (Atlanta, Ga.); Memorial Hermann Outpatient Imaging Division (Houston, Texas); Highline Medical Center (Burien, Wash.); Shields Health Care (Quincy, Mass.); and St. Patrick Hospital  (Missoula, Mont.). Putting Patients First is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

About Community Hospital East
Community Hospital East is a comprehensive acute care facility located at 1500 N. Ritter Ave. With a vast array of surgical capabilities, emergency room services, cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer care, total joint program, and an innovative wound healing center, Community Hospital East provides an exceptional patient and family experience.   Ranked among the top 10 integrated health care networks in the nation, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, a dedicated heart hospital; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MEDPOINT express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.

Financial support provides diaper bags, supplies to moms in need

Posted on December 4th, 2009 | No Comments »

Staff members and volunteers from Community Home Health Services (CHHS) presented 200 diaper bags containing basic supplies for newborn care to the Community Health Network case management staff in a special ceremony on November 23. The bags will benefit the approximately 200 moms who deliver at Community Hospitals East, North and South each year and leave the hospital without essential supplies for their newborns.

“For the second year in a row, Community Home Health Services has had the opportunity to take on an especially meaningful project, to provide an exceptional experience to new mothers who are in need of basic supplies for their newborns, such as bottles, sleepers, pacifiers and blankets,” says Jessie Westlund, CEO of Community Home Health Services.

Volunteers and staff from CHHS organized the collection of supplies that would fill each diaper bag, including some items that were handmade. Two local Walmart stores provided gift cards to apply toward the purchase of supplies, and the Elwood chapter of Beta Sigma Phi also contributed to the program. CHHS also partnered with members of a local Girl Scout troop, who assembled the supplies in each diaper bag.

The Community Health Network Foundation lent support to the project by donating the diaper bags to hold all the supplies CHHS collected for new moms. “The Community Health Network Foundation is honored to be part of a project that makes such a difference in the lives of our patients,” says Anita Harden, interim president and CEO of the Community Health Network Foundation. “We are especially thankful for the efforts of so many others in our organization and in our community who made this happen.”

The diaper bags will be given to mothers who deliver at Community but are not equipped with the proper supplies to care for their newborns after leaving the hospital. The stocked diaper bags contain necessities such as diapers, blankets and bottles to help mothers and babies in need until the state’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program can be initiated. WIC provides food, nutrition education and referrals to health and other social services to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk

Easy ways to say thank you

Posted on December 3rd, 2009 | No Comments »

Grateful logoDuring the past year, we’ve partnered with leaders and care givers throughout Community Health Network to design and implement a fundraising program that allows patients and families meaningful ways to express their gratitude.  They can say thank you by making a financial donation to support our mission, sending a thank you message to an employee who impacted their lives during their stay with us or by volunteering.

We developed an identity for the program, called the Gratefu! Patient and Family Program: Where the gift of good health keeps giving.

The program has been implemented at Community Hospitals East, North, and South and at The Indiana Heart Hospital. Patients at each hospital receive a get well card at the beginning of their stay, daily complimentary newspapers, a thank you card at discharge and another thank you card they can send to a member of their care-giving team. Brochures explaining how gratuitous financial donations can support the best delivery of health care at our hospitals are also available.

You can check out Web-based interactive components of the program here. We’ll soon debut another special interactive feature and will share a link to it with you.

Reinforcement messages are also displayed on banners located at key hospital entry points. Check out photos of the banners on our Facebook page.

Are you grateful? We are!