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Community Home Health Services announces new infant hospice program and associate medical director

For release on January 21, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---Community Home Health Services (CHHS), part of Community Health Network, is pleased to announce a new infant hospice program, with James Walters, M.D., serving as associate medical director of infant hospice.

“Being a provider of hospice services for more than a decade, we found that these services for infants prior to birth and following birth were unavailable in central Indiana,” said Lisa Collins, chief clinical officer of Community Home Health Services.

Dr. Walters is involved in designing and implementing infant hospice policies and procedures for the new infant hospice program. He is experienced in caring for families of children with a condition that is not compatible with long term survival, but who want to give their child (and themselves) as much of a normal parent-child relationship as possible—for as long as possible. This often gives families time to build memories together.

“Hospice is not about the end of life, but how we can provide comfort and support for the child and family during the time that they have together,” said Dr. Walters. “The time may be all too brief, but may last much longer than anticipated. All the families that I have had the pleasure to work with were extremely grateful for the support that we are able to provide—and were thankful for every minute that they had the opportunity to become loving parents for their son or daughter,” he said.

Dr. Walters is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and received his residency 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 Community Health Network’s medical staff. Dr. Walters received an academic appointment at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as a volunteer clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is a member of Community Physicians of Indiana, and has a private pediatric practice in Castleton.

About Community Home Health Services
Community Home Health Services, a part of the Community Health Network, offers personalized home health services, such as home care, hospice, home infusion, respiratory and home medical equipment. Serving 13 counties in central Indiana, Community Home Health Services has been one of the top home health agencies in central Indiana for more than 50 years. From skilled nursing to occupational, physical and speech therapies; from intravenous therapies of antibiotics, hydration, chemotherapy and nutrition to hospice care; from oxygen, sleep disorder equipment, wheelchairs and beds to Lifeline personal response services; one call will give you access to your home health needs. Additional specialty areas include chronic disease care, wound care, cardiac care, behavioral care, pulmonary care, telehealth, infant hospice, maternal-child care and senior care management. Community Home Health Services also offers self-pay home medical equipment and supplies on the Web through Community at Home. For more information about Community Home Health Services, call 800-404-4852, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Courtney Jones, Media Relations
Courtney Jones
Media Relations