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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OALtJMUJisM&list=UUJA54SrrVv7qRrEQSPVJ8Ug&index=6&feature=plcp

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!

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!

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.

NICU babies benefit from sleep sacks

Posted on November 1st, 2011 No Comments »

Infants discharged after a stay at the Community Hospital North NICU will now be sent home with a HALO Swaddle SleepSack embroidered with Community Health Network Foundation’s logo. Presenting the family with a sleep sack will help reinforce North’s NICU safe sleep education program in the neonate’s home environment, an initiative partially funded by Community Health Network Foundation.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is responsible for more infant deaths in the United States than any other cause of death during infancy beyond the neonatal period. It is a phenomenon of unknown cause and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) initiated the “Back to Sleep” campaign in an effort to help minimize the prevalence of this threat.

While the AAP supports swaddling, loose bedding can accidentally cover or wrap around an infant’s head or neck, increasing the risk of SIDS. Therefore, the AAP recommends the utilization of infant sleep sacks to replace loose blankets in the crib. The HALO Swaddle SleepSack wearable blanket fits this standard. These sacks are specifically designed to keep the infant warm without the possible hazard of head covering, which will hopefully decrease the incidence of SIDS.

Since many parents tend to replicate practices they observe in hospital settings, providing this sleep sack to parents and NICU graduates promotes the importance of safe sleep in the home and helps babies sleep safely from the start.

Donated safe sleep education materials will also be provided to the family of every neonate upon discharge with the HALO SleepSack. These items stress the importance of the AAP “Back to Sleep” message for parents and the benefits of utilizing the SleepSack.

Lids Locker Room event benefits Breast Health Fund

Posted on October 24th, 2011 No Comments »

Lids Locker Room at Castleton Square Mall will host a Ladies Day event Oct. 30, and 10% of every purchase will benefit our Breast Health Fund! Shop, and know that you are making a difference in our fight to save lives!

What do dancing, basketball, behavioral health and World Peace have in common?

Posted on September 30th, 2011 No Comments »

The answer is a recent whirlwind trip to California for Joan Reed, operations director of the school-based program in behavioral care services at Community Health Network. Reed was a guest of Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball star formerly known as Ron Artest, at a press conference announcing a series of donations made on his behalf in support of mental health programs across the country. Community Health Network Foundation was one of eight behavioral health charity recipients of the $299,000 proceeds raised after World Peace raffled off his NBA 2010 championship ring last year. World Peace credits his fans, saying it was them who made this possible.

Each of the recipient organizations had personal meaning to the former Pacer star. Notably, one location was in his hometown of Queens, New York, where he first received mental health services as a child for anger issues. At the start of the conference, World Peace briefly discussed his own struggles with mental health.

Reed recounts, “The most important thing for me was to hear his story. We spent two hours with him at breakfast, where he told us how mental health has played an important role for him throughout his life.”

As reported by Los Angeles Times following the press conference, Metta World Peace said, “When I was 13, our house burned down and my mom and dad separated, and from then on I was really agitated and started getting in a lot of trouble. My mom helped me out. She had me see a counselor because she realized I was having problems and I was going through a lot. He helped me a lot. Without him, I don’t know where I’d be.”

He went on to say, “We have a big problem right here in America with mental health, from little boys not understanding what it takes to be a good dad or be a good older brother or a role model — to violence.”

Impressed by his focus and genuine interest in the various organizations he benefited, Reed characterized the superstar as “someone who really had some rough spots in life and got some help and wanted to give back.” As for his less than savory reputation from the past, Reed says she saw none of that public persona. “He was very focused. He asked questions about our agencies and was interested to learn what our plans were.”

The night before the press conference, Reed received VIP access as a guest at a live taping of “Dancing with the Stars” to root for World Peace, a competitor in the dance competition. With seats on the main floor about four rows back from the stage, Reed thoroughly enjoyed her behind-the-scenes experience.

Regarding the check she received on behalf of Community Health Network Foundation and the school-based program in behavioral care services, Reed says, “Funds like these allow us to treat students in my world who may not have another payor. Or, it could be that we might be able to offer services that wouldn’t normally be covered.”

“One of the important things was not only what the money would do for students, but that the money came from a celebrity…and not just any celebrity, but one who is willing to speak on the topic based on personal experience and help raise awareness.” She goes on to say that this extended “gift” of awareness will help alleviate the stigma that is often associated with getting treatment for behavioral health.