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Job openings!

Posted on August 6th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

We are hiring! We are looking for a compassionate and talented person to manage our Grateful Patient and Family Program, and another qualified fundraising professional to manage our Employee and Physician Giving Program. Click here to learn more and enter keyword Foundation. Spread the word!

Donors help victims of domestic violence

Posted on July 24th, 2012 | No Comments »

When someone has been a victim of violence, they need a safe place to get help. Since 1998, Community Hospital East has hosted the Center for Hope, a specialized care facility to help victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Community Health Network nurses request special training to serve in the Center for Hope. They receive more than 40 hours of classroom training, 40 hours of clinical training, as well as hands-on training performing forensic exams. They learn how to document injuries and to collect evidence that supports victims’ cases in legal proceedings.

In addition to training, they help patients fill out state paperwork so that victims don’t pay for treatment. Nurses will also follow up with patients to check in on how they are.

“As a nurse, I’ve always been alert to look out for my patients and provide the best service that I can for them,” says nurse educator Pam Jahnke. “The Center for Hope fills in the gap for victims of violence. We help patients be able to heal in every way and move forward with their lives. At Community, we want to help our whole community to thrive and be better. That takes all of us working together to do the right thing.”

Donations made to Community Health Network Foundation help fund this important program. Donate>>

Camp Erin Indianapolis helps greiving kids

Posted on July 24th, 2012 | No Comments »

Everyone knows that grieving takes time . . . but children need a bit more help getting through the loss. That’s the special mission of Camp Erin Indianapolis—to offer support and comfort to children who are in a season of profound distress.

Camp Erin Indianapolis is a weekend-long experience, filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support—facilitated by Community Health Network’s professional counselors and trained volunteers. Children are comforted as they meet and get to know other children going through similar struggles in the same kinds of trauma and realize they are not alone in their grief.

Camp Erin Indianapolis provides children with the opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. This experience also gives children the tools and resources they need during and after camp, including memories and friendships that last long after camp is complete.

This year, Camp Erin Indianapolis will be on August 3-5, 2012, and is made possible through the compassionate financial support of our community. Learn more>>  Donate>>

Community Surgery Centers are raising cancer awareness and join us in a fight for patients like Joey

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 | No Comments »

Joey is an 8 year old boy who will be turning 9 on the 4th of July. In November of 2010, Joey and his family discovered that he has a malignant brain tumor called a medulloblastoma, which only has a 5% survival rate. Joey has been bravely battling cancer ever since.  Over the last few years, Joey has been through one major surgery, several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Currently Joey is going through the process of “salvage” chemotherapy, which is a combination of several different types of drugs in hopes of finding one that is successful.  Through all of this, Joey and his family are staying positive, and refuse to give up.  

 Joey loves Legos®, particularly Star Wars, Ninjago, and Batman (in that order!).  Joey even has a Lego® blog where he likes to review different Lego® sets. Occasionally, he even posts videos to YouTube. To check out the kinds of sets that Joey has worked on and reviewed, go to Joey’s Brick Blog

At Community Surgery Centers, we are very inspired by Joey’s story, and in honor of his love for Legos®, we have decided to rally together to have a Lego® contest and fundraiser to raise awareness and fight cancer. Each center will work together to build their own display, and this is where you come in! Starting July 1st, each center will post a photo of their Lego® displays and fans of our Facebook page will get to vote for the best Lego® set.  Once the top 3 winners have been decided from our fans, Joey will get to choose the winner and keep the winning display.

To donate to our Legos to fight Cancer fund, please go to  Community Health Network Foundation

  • When designating where you would like your donation to go, please choose “Other”, and specify that you would like your donation to benefit cancer.
  • In the field for “What brought you to the website today?” please select “Community Surgery Centers- Fighting Cancer Project” to donate on behalf of Joey!

High-school seniors receive healthcare scholarships

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 | No Comments »

We are proud to announce four local high-school seniors have each been awarded a $3,000 It’s Our Community scholarship, which will help them earn a college healthcare degree.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Mary Christy of Noblesville High School, studying biomedical engineering/pre-med at Purdue University
  • Brooklyn LaMar of Center Grove High School, studying nursing at IUPUI
  • Annalyssa Long of Warren Central High School, studying psychology/pre-med at Indiana University
  • Weston Wright of Avon High School, studying biology/pre-med at IUPUI

Community’s It’s Our Community Healthcare Scholarship Program began in 2004 as way to develop Indiana’s health and life science workforce by encouraging Indiana college students to earn a degree and seek long-term employment in Indiana. During the past nine years, Community Health Network Foundation has funded $237,000 in It’s Our Community scholarships given to 79 students.


Community’s employees give because they care

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 | No Comments »

Community Health Network Foundation’s annual Employee Giving Campaign has begun, and Community’s employees are making donations during the month of May to support our patients, employees and the Central Indiana communities we proudly serve. Learn more >>

Give because you care video

Posted on May 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

We created a video showcasing how donors are helping us support patients, caregivers and Central Indiana communities. Watch it here:

2011 Impact Report released

Posted on May 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

We have released our Impact Report, a look-back at the big impacts our family of donors made in 2011. The report tells how $1.5 million was used to support patients, caregivers and local communities. Read the full report >>

New VP will lead fundraising strategies

Posted on January 3rd, 2012 | No Comments »

Bente Weitekamp has been appointed vice president of development for Community Health Network Foundation and will begin her new executive position on January 9.  She will be responsible for leading fundraising strategies that allow donors to support Community Health Network’s mission to enhance central Indiana’s health and well-being.

A successful Purdue University fundraiser for more than seven years, Bente most recently served as a director of advancement for the College of Science, where she led a team that annually raised more than $17 million. She also previously held a director of development role for the university’s Biological Sciences and Statistics departments, where she raised nearly $10 million in three years. A graduate of Ball State University, she also earned a master of arts in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

Michele Thomas Dole, Community Health Network Foundation president and CEO, said Bente brings a wealth of fundraising talent and leadership to Community.

“Bente is a proven fundraiser with extensive experience in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship,” Michele said. “She is a strong addition to our team, with ethical standards and a donor-first philosophy that will support our efforts to build relationships with donors interested in helping the patients who need us.”

Bente is a dedicated civic volunteer, serving as a board member for Ball State University’s Cardinal Fund and the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. She is also a volunteer for Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Lafayette Urban Ministry. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Indiana Chapter.

Welcome, Bente!

Remembering Jack Heiney, an inspiration in service to others

Posted on November 9th, 2011 | No Comments »

A message from Bryan Mills, Community Health Network President and CEO

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of one of the best friends Community Health Network has ever had—John W. “Jack” Heiney, who passed away over the weekend. And it is with tremendous gratitude that I honor his four decades of service to our organization and our community.

He was invited to take a volunteer position on the Community Hospital board in 1970, while he was president and CEO of Indiana Gas Company. He has been a part of the Community family ever since. At age 70, he retired from the hospital board to become chairman of the Community Health Network Foundation, and he also was an original board member for VEI. He continued to serve on the foundation and VEI boards until his death. Without his tireless service and incredible vision, Community would be a far different place today.

Jack Heiney was the most remarkable storyteller I’ve ever met. He could go back and, in exquisite detail, tell you stories that happened when he was a kid, when he was in the war, when he was in business. He shared the story from his childhood of being in the Yankees’ locker room and meeting Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He also could vividly recall the three times during World War II that he had personal encounters with George Patton.

I asked him where he learned management, and he told me that during the war he was given the responsibility of building and managing a POW camp—it initially had 5,000 POWs and it grew from there. He was given almost nothing to work with but got the job done—he said that’s where he learned to manage. Another important piece of that story: He found out that of those POWs, many of the women were pregnant and would deliver at his camp. He was concerned that at such an intimate time and special moment, they would not have privacy. So, he walled off an area to create a birthing room, because he thought everybody deserved privacy at that special, special time of life. That gives you a feel for his heart. It was so representative of Jack.

Next to my father, Jack was probably the biggest influence on my life, because he took me under his wing. He taught me to listen, he taught me to care, but most important, he taught me to be decisive and to take risks. He said, “Bryan, there will always be consequences—some of them will be good and some will be bad, but none of those risks is greater than indecisiveness.”

The mark that he left on Community Health Network has been profound. Consider, for example, his belief that the northeast side of the Indianapolis metropolitan area would be an area of significant growth. He was a champion of an idea that some thought was risky—the purchase of 100 acres of land in Castleton. Today, that site is home to Community Hospital North, The Indiana Heart Hospital and many other Community services, providing outstanding access to health care in an area that has been among the nation’s fastest-growing.

Consider, as well, the tremendous support the network and our employees have received in the quarter century he served on the Community Health Network Foundation board. And think about the growth Community has enjoyed—and the hundreds of thousands of lives we’ve touched—through the pioneering work of VEI… work that Jack Heiney’s vision and wisdom helped to shape. His four decades of service have been so important and influential that he was honored earlier this year by the Indianapolis Business Journal as the 2011 “Health Care Hero” in the volunteer category.

Jack Heiney would have been 98 today (November 9, 2011), and yet he still attended just about every foundation and VEI board meeting. Beyond the wealth of time and talent that he shared, he and his wife, Betty, also were incredibly generous in their financial support of Community. A 2009 donation of $1 million is the largest gift in our organization’s history, and the foundation’s planned giving society is named after Jack and Betty Heiney, as is the recently expanded patient tower at Community North.

Perhaps the greatest gift we’ve received from Jack has been his example—a life of service truly embodying our mission of commitment to the health and well-being of the communities we serve. As he put it, “I thought I could make a contribution to my fellow man,” and he set out to do just that, using his own unique talents to make an amazing difference.

With that in mind, I believe the most fitting tribute we can pay to this incredible friend of Community is to view his remarkable life as an inspiration… to realize that our own gifts and talents—whatever they may be—can make a world of difference… and then to commit ourselves to serving others in the spirit that Jack Heiney lived.

You may be interested in attending memorial services for Jack. The services will be held on Monday, November 14. Calling/visitation will be at 10 a.m., with the funeral at 11 a.m. at Flanner and Buchanan, 1305 Broad Ripple Ave. Gifts made to honor Jack can be made through Community Health Network Foundation by clicking here.

To read the Indianapolis Business Journal’s coverage of Jack Heiney, 2011 “Health Care Hero,” please click here. To view a video of Mr. Heiney’s remarks at the “Health Care Heroes” award ceremony, please click here.