Community Home Health leadership
Jessie Westlund, R.N.
Chief integration officer, Community Health Network
CEO, Community Home Health
Jessie Westlund, R.N., serves as CEO of Community Home Health, while also providing leadership for integration services at Community Health Network. Besides leading Community Home Health to become the state’s leading home health care provider, Jessie has pioneered development of Community’s “Life’s Journey” chronic disease management program, Community Hospice, and Community at Home, a unique resource providing online access to purchase home medical equipment, as well as senior care management services helping caregivers navigate the many aspects of caring for an aging adult.
Jessie received her nursing degree from New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She has served as CEO of Community Home Health since 1998. Prior to that, she held the role of exective director for the Visiting Nurse Association of North Central Indiana, directing 50 percent growth in the home health care agency in less than two years. In 2006, Jessie won the "Norah J. McFarland" award for leadership, integrity, community service, sensitivity to client’s needs, action on the behalf of homecare, interaction with other providers and statesmanship from the Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care, Inc. Jessie is also Community Health Network's chief of integration.
Jessie is active in the community, serving on the Hutson School Board, the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia Board and LPN Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Society for Nursing Excellence.
Jessie is also a wife and mother. She is married to Daniel Westlund and they have three sons who are also married and live in the area. They also enjoy the new additions to their family, their grandchildren. Jessie holds family values very dear and works to maintain a healthy balance of career and family.
Dale Theobald, Ph.D., M.D.
Senior medical director, Community Home Health
Senior medical director, Life's Journey: Choice in Care
Director, Symptom Management Group
Director, Community Touchpoint
Dr. Dale Theobald is the senior medical director for Community Home Health and Life’s Journey: Choices in Care. He also serves as the director of the Symptom Management Group and Community Touchpoint. Dr. Theobald is board certified in psychiatry, addictions, and hospice and palliative medicine. He has worked extensively in symptom management and end-of-life care settings, with more than twenty years of experience in caring for patients with terminal illnesses. He also holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and has published many articles on symptom assessment and management. His primary research interest is in telemedicine applications to symptom assessment and management in chronically ill populations.
Dr. Theobald oversees all hospice patient care. Whether the patient is an inpatient within Community Health Network, at a private residence, an assisted living resident, or living in a contracted extended care facility, his holistic approach toward patient care helps improve the quality of life for our patients. Dr. Theobald hopes to reduce the barriers to hospice care through strengthening the partnership between hospice staff, patients, their primary care physicians and their caregivers.
Waqas Ghumann, M.D., FACC
Associate medical director, cardiovascular services
As the associate medical director for cardiovascular services, Dr. Ghumman assists staff with the care of heart failure patients in the home. In addition, he works closely with the telehealth home care program, providing education to all staff and assisting with policy development and review.
Dr. Ghumman is an invasive cardiologist specializing in congestive heart failure and cardiac imaging. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Ghumman later served as associate professor of clinical medicine for the Indiana University School of Medicine, earning the Charles Fisch Teacher of the Year for Cardiology recognition, and twice earning the Board of Trustees Teaching Award. Dr. Ghumman is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.
He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, International Society of Heart Lung Transplant and the Heart Failure Society of America.
Thomas Ledyard, M.D.
Associate medical director, hospice
Associate medical director, Life's Journey: Choices in Care
Medical director, community benefit
Dr. Thomas Ledyard is the associate medical director of Life’s Journey: Choices in Care. In this role, Dr. Ledyard supports the inpatient team of Life’s Journey while coordinating care with the patient’s physician throughout the continuum of care. He also assists with Life’s Journey at Home patients. Starting March 2011, Tom will serve as medical director for community nursing and rehabilitation and Rosewalk Village. Tom is also the medical director of community benefit at Community Health Network and former medical director of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center in the Renaissance Center at 30th and Post Road.
Tom was raised in a large family in northwest Indiana. He received his bachelor degree at Indiana University and his medical degree at Michigan State University. He completed his residency at Community Hospitals in 1997. The strong influences of his family, education and mentors lead him to the path of working with the underserved in Indianapolis, Kenya and most recently at a community health center in Gary, Indiana. He returned to the residency program after 11 years to share his experiences and to continue to grow with the residents and faculty.
Tom's wife, Robin, is the president of Community Hospital East. His daughter, Hannah, is at San Diego State studying theater, and daughter Jessica is a student at University High School.
James Walters, M.D.
Associate medical director, infant hospice
As the associate medical director for infant hospice, Dr. Walters is involved in designing and implementing infant hospice policies and procedures necessary for such a program to be beneficial to the families. “As with other areas in health care, children are not just small adults that can be managed in the same way as adults. The types of medical conditions and the needs of these infants are very different than the adult patients in a hospice program and our infant hospice program is designed to meet these special needs,” says Dr. Walters.
Dr. Walters is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and completed residency specialty training in pediatrics at Riley Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in pediatrics and began his practice on the northeast side of Indianapolis in 1983 when he joined the Community Health Network medical staff. Dr. Walters received an academic appointment at Indiana University School of Medicine as a volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Walters is a member of Community Physician Network and has a private pediatric medical practice in Indianapolis.