Archive for the ‘Patients and Families’ Category

Jane Pauley helps us open a dental clinic

Posted on August 6th, 2012 | No Comments »

A federal grant awarded to Community Health Network Foundation has resulted in a new eastside dental clinic, providing affordable, integrated oral and primary health care to underserved students and adults in Warren Township and surrounding areas. Warren Central High School alumnus Jane Pauley led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jane Pauley Community Health Center Dental Clinic, which was funded in part by a nearly $500,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. Full story >>

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!

Camp Erin Indianapolis Needs Adult Volunteers

Posted on August 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

This year’s Camp Erin will take place August 3-5 for kids ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Community Health Network Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant from The Moyer Foundation to open the free camp, which takes place at Spring Hill Camp in Seymour and features specially structured grief activities along with traditional camp fun. Community Behavioral Health, Community Home Health and the Community Health Network Foundation partner to coordinate the event. The camp has hit its participant capacity at more than 70 kids—now, more adult volunteers are needed to help serve the campers. Find an application online at

CICOA Recognizes Community Hospital East

Posted on August 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

Community Hospital East recently was named Partnerof the Year by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. Community’s Touchpoint program, Community Health Network Foundation and Community East’s dietary, concierge and volunteer services partner on the program that offers meals to seniors 60 and older. Recipients can pay a suggested donation of $3 per meal or whatever they can afford.The program has registered more than 140 people and distributes about 150 vouchers a month. You can support this cause with a donation made at

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>>

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!

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!