Community Hospital East news archive
Jane Pauley Community Health Center marks one-year anniversary
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center opened its doors in September 2009 to provide basic health services to east side residents, regardless of income or insurance coverage. Now, one year later, the center is reporting positive outcomes for the patients it serves. On September 27, 2010, Jane Pauley, an east side Indianapolis native and former NBC news anchor (TODAY/Dateline), joined Community Health Network and Warren Township schools officials for a news conference at the center bearing her name, to share success stories and outcomes. The news conference preceded an afternoon presentation at the Indiana School Boards Association fall conference, where Pauley, Community and Warren Township schools officials planned to share their vision, encouraging the establishment of similar health centers in Indiana communities. Full story >> | www.janepauleychc.com
Community Hospital East receives national award for stroke treatment
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded Community Hospital East a bronze Performance Achievement Award for achieving targeted percentages of Get With The Guidelines® Stroke performance measurements.
Get With The Guidelines® is a national quality improvement program that helps hospitals apply American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines to the treatment of heart disease and stroke and improve patient care and outcomes.
To qualify for the award, Community Hospital East teams achieved at least 90 consecutive days of 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke performance achievement indicators. Interestingly, Community Hospital East achieved 100% on all indicators during that specific time period!
“The Community Hospital East Stroke Team was extremely excited and honored to receive this bronze award,” said Deb Ferguson MSN RN Neuroscience CNS who commented for the stroke team. “This honor demonstrates the quality of stroke care provided to our patients and our community on a daily basis, along with the team’s goal to attain silver and gold status in future years.”
$400,000 maternity unit renovation at Community Hospital East features updated patient suites, state-of-the-art medical equipment; New moms have access to more services and enjoy special giveaways
Having a baby at Community Hospital East has a whole new look, thanks to a recent renovation of the maternity unit and unique programs that help prepare parents for birth and beyond. The $400,000 investment in the east side hospital provides maternity patients with an updated healing environment and adds technology to support the delivery of high-quality care. Full story >>
Community Hospital East takes steps to enhance safety on hospital campus
Community Hospital East, in efforts to continuously improve safety on campus, has implemented a variety of programs and measures to help visitors, patients and employees feel secure. The newest measure, a six-foot ornamental steel fence, will be built around the hospital campus beginning in early March. The fence will not only improve safety, but also enhance the aesthetics of the campus. A revitalization of the existing exterior campus landscaping is planned for spring to complement the project. Full story >>
Community Health Network announces new hospital presidents; Leadership of Community Hospitals South, East named
Community Health Network is pleased to announce the new presidents of Community Hospitals South and East, following an internal and external search. Anthony Lennen will lead Community Hospital South, while Robin Ledyard, M.D., MPH, becomes president of Community Hospital East, effective August 31.
Lennen takes over for Mike Blanchet, who was promoted to president and CEO of Community Hospitals of Indianapolis, Inc. in May. Dr. Ledyard replaces Anita Harden, who retired in November of 2008, and currently serves as president emeritus of the hospital. Full story >>
Community Hospital East’s ICU celebrates five years without ventilator-acquired pneumonia; Community’s infection control practice a model for hospitals nationwide
Community Hospital East, a recognized leader in the prevention of ventilator acquired pneumonia (VAP), recently celebrated five years of VAP-free status in its intensive care unit (ICU). Through collaboration and comprehensive education, Community Hospital East has established a successful infection control process that continues to be adopted at hospital ICUs across the country.
“This accomplishment is world class. The commitment by the staff to achieve this milestone is unprecedented,” said Steve Hultgren, interim president of Community Hospital East. “This is truly a time to be proud of an exceptional event in patient safety at Community Health Network.”
Community’s initiative to eliminate VAP, an infection that can occur in hospital patients who are on mechanical ventilation, began as collaboration among nurses, doctors, infection control staff, respiratory therapists and radiology technicians at Community East. Education for staff was formalized in 1998, and the process has continually been refined to improve rates of infection. Read more >>
IOPO Honors Indianapolis Hospitals
In April 2003, the Department of Health and Human Services joined national leaders and practitioners from the Nation's transplantation and hospital communities to launch the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
The Collaborative is committed to spreading best practices to key hospitals throughout the country to increase organ conversion rates. The Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) works with hospitals to carry out the mission of the Breakthrough Collaborative in Indiana.
At this year's 2-day Best Practice Conference, (March 10-11) IOPO presented their 2nd Annual Donation Champion Award to: Community Hospital East, Indiana University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, St. Francis Hospital, Beach Grove, and St. Vincent Hospital as 6 of 17 Hospitals in Indiana who have demonstrated levels of excellence in donation. The awards recognize the hospitals' effort in making appropriate referrals, honoring patient and family wishes for donation, and achieving high rates of organs transplanted per donor.
Individuals are encouraged to register to become a tissue, eye and organ donor at donatelifeindiana.org
IOPO was founded in 1987 and is currently celebrating 20 years as a nonprofit health service dedicated to serving the citizens of Indiana by providing a link between people awaiting a transplant and potential donors. IOPO is based in Indianapolis and has regional offices in Ft. Wayne and Evansville.
Community Hospital East’s imaging services make MRI more comfortable for patients
February 21, 2008—What is the latest multi-media entertainment system doing inside a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, a high-tech medical device that helps radiologists obtain a precise and often early diagnosis of disease?
At Community Hospital East, movies, music and children’s cartoons will help patients who might otherwise be afraid of the often intimidating exams to take advantage of one of today’s most valuable diagnostic tools.
"An estimated 20 percent of patients react with fear or claustrophobia to confining, dark and often noisy MRI procedures and cannot be imaged as a result," said Alan Moorman, chief MRI technologist. "With the addition of the new CinemaVision virtual reality system, Community Hospital East will bring a relaxing multi-media experience and entertainment inside the MRI while patients are being imaged, helping them to tolerate the exams better." Full story >>
Community Hospital East opens new medical oncology center
Comforting atmosphere offers healing environment in new center, part of comprehensive cancer program
Community Hospital East has opened a 7,000 square foot medical oncology center, located on the third floor of the hospital within the professional building. The facility is a renovated wing of the hospital and will offer state-of-the-art cancer treatments, including chemotherapy.
“This new center marks the continued growth of our oncology program at Community Health Network,” said Joe Heckman, vice president of oncology services for the network. “With all of our cancer services at Community East under one roof, our patients can more easily access the exceptional care offered by our physicians and staff.”
Community East’s new medical oncology center expanded from 4,400 square feet to 7,000 square feet. The renovation allowed for more exam rooms and treatment areas. The comforting, calming and welcoming environment is the result of a more efficient design for the services offered. Nursing stations are built so that nurses are in plain view of patients at all times.
The center complements the new radiation oncology treatment center at Community East, which opened in March, marking a new era in cancer care. The $7 million center has state-of-the-art radiation technology, which allows doctors to locate and target tumors more quickly and precisely, while promising fewer side effects. The radiation oncology treatment center also offers a healing, stress-free environment for patients and families facing the diagnosis of cancer.
Community’s comprehensive cancer services include cutting-edge specialized cancer therapies, including high-dose rate treatment for prostate, lung, breast and gynecological cancers; medical oncology; surgical oncology; inpatient care; imaging; and laboratory.
Community Regional Cancer Care Center opens at East
On March 19 2007, Community Health Network opened the new $7 million Community Regional Cancer Care Radiation Oncology Treatment Center at Community Hospital East. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell, was followed by employee and public tours of the 12,000-square-foot addition.
Clinac iX linear accelerator
The new center features state-of-the-art radiation technology from Varian Medical Systems. The technology features IMRT (intensity-modulated radiotherapy) and IGRT (image-guided radiotherapy), which allows doctors to locate and target tumors more quickly and precisely, delivering radiation to cancerous cells while sparing healthy tissue. This advanced generation of linear accelerator combines imaging and treatment on a single machine, promising fewer side effects. “I’m honored to be part of this organization that embraces new technology and I want to thank all of the leadership at Community Health Network who’ve made today possible,” says Jianan Graybill, M.D., and medical director of radiation oncology for Community Regional Cancer Care.
While the technology is certainly important, the environment of care and the caring individuals who deliver that technology are equally as necessary. “I wanted to recognize the staff and all the people that provide cancer care at Community Hospital East and Community Health Network,” says Joe Heckman, vice president of oncology services for Community Health Network. “They are a wonderful group of people who really spent a lot of time paying attention to the needs of the patients and they have done a really good job and you will see that in the design and the layout as you walk through the center.”
“This is a fixture, a pillar of this entire neighborhood,” Campbell told those at the ribbon cutting. “When I talk to neighborhood residents and neighborhood associations in this area and other areas in the center of Indianapolis, the first thing I would tell them is ‘thank you.’ Thank you for staying and living in a neighborhood like this one because there is a temptation for people and businesses and organizations to want to migrate out.”