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Community Health Network Foundation awarded grant to educate new mothers

For release on March 25, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network Foundation has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to launch educational programming at Community Hospital East that will annually teach 500 new mothers how to best care for their babies.

The grant will support one-time costs associated with the installation of the GetWellNetwork, a series of television-based patient education program that will be available in 15 renovated maternity suites at the hospital.

Funds will transform televisions in the patient rooms into interactive learning tools, offering access to on-demand educational programming and resources that teach patients how to care for themselves, and their children, once discharged.

The educational program complements a $400,000 renovation of Community East’s maternity unit that was completed in 2010. The maternity unit now features an updated healing environment and technology to support the delivery of high-quality care.

“At Community Hospital East, we are committed to serving the east side community and this grant will help increase our offerings to women and families who choose our family rooms to begin a new family,” said Robin Ledyard, M.D., and president of Community Hospital East. She also said she plans to add GetWellNetwork technology and programming to all of the hospital’s inpatient rooms in 2011.

Michele Thomas Dole, Community Health Network Foundation President and CEO, said additional support for this educational project comes from an in-kind gift from GetWellNetwork, Inc.

“We are grateful for the support the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the GetWellNetwork is providing to help us educate patients, teaching them best practices for caring for their children,” Dole said. “Their investments will impact the lives of entire families, giving them tools needed to live healthy, productive lives.”

About Community Health Network Foundation
Founded in 1976, Community Health Network Foundation is the not-for-profit philanthropic organization of Community Health Network, comprised of four Indianapolis hospitals and more than 90 sites of care. Our mission is to raise financial support for the network to improve the health of the central Indiana communities Community serves. Funds raised by donors contribute to the benefit of connected, convenient, coordinated patient care. Those donor contributions support health care scholarships, clinical research, community development, school-based clinics and the delivery of innovative health care through technology and state-of-the-art facilities. For more information about Community Health Network Foundation, or ways you can get involved, call 317-355-5261 or visit eCommunity.org

About The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix. Learn more at www.nmpct.org

Ryan Chelli, Media Relations
Ryan Chelli