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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:

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!

Designating your 2011 year-end gift

Posted on November 21st, 2011 | No Comments »

If you are interested in designating your 2011 year-end gift to one or more Community Health Network Foundation funds, then please click here to review a full list of funds and their intended uses. Thank you for supporting our mission to enhance the health and well-bring of the central Indiana communities we serve!

Ten Tips for Taxpayers Making Charitable Donations

Posted on August 10th, 2011 | No Comments »

Borrowed from an IRS newsletter we recieve, here are ten summertime tax tips from the IRS.

Did you make a donation to a charity this year? If so, you may be able to take a deduction for it on your 2010 tax return.

Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants every taxpayer to know before deducting charitable donations.

  1. Charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations to be deductible. You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization and most will be able to tell you. You can also check IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations, which lists most qualified organizations. IRS Publication 78 is available at
  2. Charitable contributions are deductible only if you itemize deductions using Form 1040, Schedule A.
  3. You generally can deduct your cash contributions and the fair market value of most property you donate to a qualified organization. Special rules apply to several types of donated property, including clothing or household items, cars and boats.
  4. If your contribution entitles you to receive merchandise, goods, or services in return – such as admission to a charity banquet or sporting event – you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.
  5. Be sure to keep good records of any contribution you make, regardless of the amount. For any contribution made in cash, you must maintain a record of the contribution such as a bank record – including a cancelled check or a bank or credit card statement – a written record from the charity containing the date and amount of the contribution and the name of the organization, or a payroll deduction record.
  6. Only contributions actually made during the tax year are deductible. For example, if you pledged $500 in September but paid the charity only $200 by Dec. 31, your deduction would be $200.
  7. Include credit card charges and payments by check in the year they are given to the charity, even though you may not pay the credit card bill or have your bank account debited until the next year.
  8. For any contribution of $250 or more, you must have written acknowledgment from the organization to substantiate your donation. This written proof must include the amount of cash and a description and good faith estimate of value of any property you contributed, and whether the organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift.
  9. To deduct charitable contributions of items valued at $500 or more you must complete a Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, and attached the form to your return.
  10. An appraisal generally must be obtained if you claim a deduction for a contribution of noncash property worth more than $5,000. In that case, you must also fill out Section B of Form 8283 and attach the form to your return.

For more information see IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, and for information on determining value, refer to Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. These publications are available at or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676)

Grant creates Surgery Buddies for kids

Posted on April 1st, 2011 | No Comments »

We’ve released $375 to support Community Pediatric Surgeons’ “Surgery Buddy” program that helps children needing surgery understand what to expect. The dolls allow hands-on medical play during a pre-op clinic visit. Surgical Staff are able to show the child where a bandage or stitch may be located following the procedure. And, they use the dolls to demonstrate how equipment may be used, and how the child might feel after surgery.

The program also gives kids a chance to express their emotions, ask questions, gain a sense of control and find comfort before and after surgery.

The “Surgery Buddies” are hand-made by hospital volunteers.

Jack Heiney named a Health Care Hero

Posted on March 7th, 2011 | No Comments »

For 40 years, John W. “Jack” Heiney has worked tirelessly for Community Health Network as an unpaid, volunteer board member. He’s still at it at age 97, and his years of tireless dedication to Community have drawn praise from both inside and outside the organization. On March 4, he was honored by the Indianapolis Business Journal as its Health Care Hero in the volunteer category.

His service began in 1970 when he joined the board of what is now Community Health Network. At age 70, he retired to become board chairman for what is now Community Health Network Foundation, where he continues to serve. In addition, he was an original board member for VEI. All unpaid service—and in four decades a virtually spotless attendance record at board meetings.

“I thought I could make a contribution to my fellow man,” he says. “Rather than delivering Meals on Wheels or something like that, I decided this was more up my alley.”

Heiney began his lifelong career of service during World War II, commanding an infantry battalion and helping operate POW camps. He followed a business path and in 1960 became president and CEO of Indiana Gas Co. Heiney brought his business savvy, a “can-do” attitude and an aptitude for mentoring to Community’s boards.  “I’ve been a businessman all my life,” he says. “I bring the business community’s attitude, and I think health care needs some of that.”

He came to Community at the invitation of C. Harvey Bradley, who was on the Indiana Gas board of directors and also served on Community’s board. Heiney became chairman of Community’s board two years later, and when he retired from Indiana Gas several years after that, he devoted even more of his time and attention to Community.

One of Heiney’s most significant contributions was championing the purchase of 100 acres near Castleton for the future site of Community Hospital North. Considered a risky venture then, the idea faced skepticism. Today Heiney’s forward-thinking leadership is recognized by Community as a major factor in helping the organization grow while remaining financially healthy. If not for Jack Heiney and his vision, Community North might not exist.

While on VEI’s board, Heiney led top management down the road of expansion and help shape the company into the successful business it is today. VEI operates about a dozen surgery and endoscopy centers in Indiana and Michigan along with surgical services at Community’s hospitals and a range of other successful ventures.

He’s 97 now, but Heiney continues to make an impact in a big way. In 2009 he donated $1 million to Community Health Network Foundation—the largest financial donation in the organization’s history. The donation provides funding where it is most needed to improve the health of the central Indiana communities that the network serves.

In honor of Heiney’s immeasurable contributions and as a fitting tribute to his role in the creation of Community North, Community has placed the Heiney name in a prominent place—naming the campus’ primary patient building the “John W. “Jack” and Betty Heiney Patient Care Tower.” Heiney’s name also graces the VEI boardroom at 7330 Shadeland Station. All of these honors are fitting tributes to a man who has spent 40 years volunteering time and talents to help improve health care for local residents. Jack Heiney is an inspiring embodiment of Community’s mission—“Deeply committed to the communities we serve, we enhance health and well-being.”

Among other honorees in the 2011 Health Care Heroes program, one of the finalists in the category of Community Achievement in Health Care was the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety. Community Health Network played a key role in the creation of this organization, and Community’s retired chief medical officer Glenn Bingle, M.D., Ph.D., serves as its board chairman.

To read the Indianapolis Business Journal coverage of Jack Heiney’s Health Care Hero honor,
click here.

After more than 180 visits to Community Hospital North, a grateful patient gives back, and hopes you do, too.

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 | No Comments »

Make a year-end gift to Community Health Network Foundation at

Becky and her husband Steve

Four years ago, my children and grandchildren came to our house for a cook-out celebrating my husband Steve’s birthday. We talked, laughed, played and enjoyed spending time as a family. Later, after they left, Steve and I rented a movie and fell asleep, a habit we both share. When I woke up a few hours later, I couldn’t speak.

I’ve always been healthy woman, and we immediately thought I was having a stroke and that I was going to die. Steve rushed me to Community Hospital North’s emergency department where the first of many amazing physicians and nurses started caring for me. My condition was getting worse, and I had a seizure.

That night and in the days that followed, my care givers coordinated my care and tests and always treated me with compassion, including the moment my physician told me I had high-grade Glioblastoma, or terminal brain cancer. I asked how long I had to live and he told me about a year. One year, that’s all. I started to cry, and my family cried with me. That was a day for crying. That was the day we saw my doctor cry, too.

More than four years later, I’m still alive. I’m still fighting every day to beat the odds. I’ve survived surgery after surgery, completed chemotherapy and clinical trials, visited Community Hospital North more than 180 times and I don’t think I would be here without my faith in God, and my compassionate care givers and friends at Community.

I’ve never asked God why I was presented with this health care journey. Instead, I share my story to give other patients hope when they don’t think they have any. When you think it is as bad as it can possibly be, you can have hope. That’s also why Steve and I made a donation to Community Health Network Foundation. We know our financial gift will fund the hope that Community’s patients always come first, that doctors and nurses are given resources to fight battles like mine, and that hugs and smiles are just as important as tests and treatments.

In this season of giving and caring, my hope is that you will support Community’s important health care initiatives by making a donation to Community Health Network Foundation. Your entire gift will forever make an impact. Your generosity will forever be appreciated.

Healthy wishes,

Becky Schenck,

Community Health Network grateful patient and donor

Join us for the Community Hospital South grand opening!

Posted on July 9th, 2010 | No Comments »

We hope all of our donors join us for the July 10th grand opening event celebrating the expansion of Community Hospital South! Come and see how your generosity is raising the bar and setting new medical excellence standards!

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Noon to 4 p.m.

…It’s a level of health care treatment that’s patient-centered, coordinated and focused on quality of care, ranging from everyday ordinary care to treatment for your most critical needs.

Entertainment: Performance by The Street Beats Group, a drumming and dance troupe. Street Beats performs all over the world, and participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver–performances at 1 and 3 p.m.

- Check out our robot: See da Vinci® surgical robot demonstrations in the educational area on the first floor.

- Explore our services: Booths featuring Wellspring Pharmacy, Community Breast Care, Community Physicians of Indiana and more are located throughout the first floor.

- Tour the tower: Go at your own pace, and feel free to ask us questions along the way.

- Meet some local celebrities:  Boomer and Freddy, the official mascots of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever – Noon to 2 p.m.
Rowdy, the Indianapolis Indians mascot – 2 to 3 p.m.

- Admire some art: Discover indoor and outdoor creations by Hoosier artists, specially designed for our healing environment.

- See who’s on the air:
Radio Disney – Noon to 1:30 p.m.
WIBC – 2 to 4 p.m.

Refreshments: Visit Bamboo Café on the first floor of the patient tower for a complimentary selection of beverages and light snacks.

The grand opening celebration will feature tours to learn about some of the newest additions to our building:
- State-of-the-art ortho/neuro/spine unit
- Beautiful labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum suites
- Brand-new special care nursery
- Surgical suites with the latest technology, including the da Vinci surgical robot
- Community Health Pavilion, a new model of primary care to meet every family’s needs
- Art, elements from nature and “green” materials to create an environment that promotes healing
Community Heart and Vascular, a new integrated way to care for your heart, resulting in better health

It’s Our Community health care scholars announced

Posted on May 18th, 2010 | No Comments »

Today we announced a $9,000 investment in developing Indiana’s workforce by awarding $3,000 scholarships to three high school students committed to earning a health care degree at an Indiana college or university.

The It’s Our Community scholarship program began in 2004 as a way for us to help develop Indiana’s health and life science workforce by encouraging Indiana college students to earn a degree and seek long-term employment in Indiana.

The Community Scholars represent schools located in the Community Hospitals East, North and South markets and were chosen based on academic performance, commitment to pursue higher-education in Indiana, community service and school leadership.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Andrew McClatchey, New Palestine High School, who will study biomedical engineering at IUPUI and represents the Community Hospital East market
  • Christine Kane, North Central High School, who will study pharmacy at Purdue University and represents the Community Hospital North market
  • Cerelle McMullen, Perry Meridian High School, who will study nursing at Indiana University and represents the Community Hospital South market

Michele Thomas Dole, our president and CEO, said $216,000 in It’s Our Community scholarships has been awarded to 72 students during the past seven years.

“We are privileged to invest our resources in the education of these talented students while also making a positive economic impact in our state’s health care industry,” Dole said. “We were honored to facilitate the review of the 89 very qualified scholarship applicants and to select this year’s recipients.”

For questions regarding our 2011 application process, please call 317-355-5261.

Meet Michele, our new president and CEO

Posted on April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments »


Michele Thomas Dole is the new president and CEO of the Community Health Network Foundation. She brings several years of philanthropic experience to this role, most recently serving as a vice president with JP Morgan since 2004. Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Michele currently resides in Fishers with her husband of three years, Robert Dole. Of her local heritage, she says, “My family has been in Indiana for generations, and I’m really proud to be a Hoosier. This is home to me.” Read on to learn more about her deep commitment to philanthropy, as well as her vision for the Community Health Network Foundation.

How do you like to spend your free time? Do you have any hobbies or belong to any organizations?
Volunteering is something I’m really passionate about. I spend my time with the Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as my church, the First Baptist Church of Indianapolis, quite a bit. I help with stewardship mostly, fund raising and working on the finance committee. I have also spent the past three years on the Indiana Pacers Foundation grant committee.

As for hobbies, I play tennis every week, I am a gardener, and my husband and I love to travel. The most recent trip we took was to Aruba. We try to visit a tropical place every year, but we really enjoy our local travels as well. Last year, we went to Nashville, Tennessee for our anniversary.

We also really enjoy spending time with family and friends. We don’t come from big families, but Robert and I have a lot of lifelong friends, and that is something we really cherish.

With your new role at the foundation, what can people in the network expect from your leadership style?
I believe in very open communication. I really expect people to give us feedback for areas of improvement and if we can improve something. Everyone is a stakeholder in that, and they need to make sure that we know those things, so we can help elevate the network.

I also try to help people use the talents they already have and grow upon the things that they want to improve on. I try to get people to get where they want to be. Overall, and probably most importantly, I have a real passion for philanthropy and have spent most of my career in one way or the other involved in philanthropy. That tends to pervade everything that I do.

What is your personal vision for the foundation?
We need to elevate the culture of philanthropy and focus on our fundraising capacity. We have a very deserving mission. One of the things that has become very clear to me is that we serve people in their health care from birth through hospice, and we do it very well and we do it every day. I really want us to focus on using those resources that we already have and elevate that in such a way that it also helps us bring more resources to the foundation, so that we can continue to provide access, provide convenience and make sure more people receive good care in central Indiana.

Among the goals of our strategic plan, one key initiative will be optimizing the foundation’s ability to generate capital. What can we expect to see in how you anticipate this playing out in the future?
I think it’s having the discipline to really focus on core fund raising activity and likewise making sure, on the stewardship side, that we are stewarding our donors well. It is vital that we are, in fact, our mission in action; that we do deliver on our promises. It’s coming in every day with a focus and with a discipline around our activity. It’s my belief that with the network’s strategic plan and the foundation embarking on its own, together, that will bring more clarity to us and those who work with the foundation.

Considering Community’s stance on health care reform, specifically in supplying affordable access to all, what do you see as the foundation’s role in accomplishing this?
We can leverage things that we’ve already done and done well, like the Jane Pauley Community Health Center. If we are able to look to the center as an example of something to evaluate and transfer to other parts of central Indiana, that’s incredible. Not to mention that the Pauley center was such a nice example of integration and partnership, not just Community doing the work alone, but it was us partnering with other outside resources, like the Warren Township schools. Those are things that I think people expect of us. People expect us to be resourceful, they expect us to partner, to not duplicate efforts, and that’s part of our stewardship responsibility and accountability to donors as well.

How can the foundation partner with the network to achieve these strategic goals, and how can employees help?
We, at the foundation, need to be told the great “mission moments” that happen every day throughout the network. How someone’s family was personally affected, how we saved someone’s life, how we changed someone’s life. Since we aren’t in the halls of our hospitals every day, we don’t get to see these things firsthand, but those are the stories and experiences that we transfer and transition in such a way that it helps us be better fund raisers. Many times, those moments are celebrated at the nurses’ station or in a meeting of the physicians, but they’re not always told to us in such a way to really help amplify the story, and those are the things that we really look to. Those grateful patient experiences, to me, are key.

Naturally, we also look to and hope that our employees will participate with their own personal gifts and encourage others out in the community to do likewise.

On the network level, what we at the foundation aim to do, and this is a very clear conviction that I have, is to walk step-in-step with the network. We are not an island. We are here to support the network, to be an integral part of it and to be playing from the same playbook. That, in my mind, as we make decisions at the foundation, will be one of the key gold standards: Does this support the network? Does this run in parallel to what the network, strategically, is trying to accomplish?