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Community Hospital South welcomes pediatric hospitalist and respiratory therapist

For release on April 21, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---Community Hospital South is pleased to welcome two new members to its inpatient pediatric team: Sheryl King, M.D., director of inpatient pediatrics, and Cheri Pfahler, RRT-NPS, neonatal and pediatric cardiopulmonary manager.

“Both Cheri and Dr. King have tremendous experience managing high risk infants in a hospital setting,” said Tony Lennen, president of Community Hospital South. “The expertise they bring will not only allow us to manage the health of premature babies in our Level 2 nursery, it will expand our inpatient capabilities for children and adolescents as well.”

Dr. King received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. King practiced in Bloomington for 12 years, where she took an integral role in the operation of the Level 2 nursery at Bloomington Hospital. In 2007, she moved her practice to Bargersville to serve families on the south side of Indianapolis at Old Schoolhouse Pediatrics. Her new position at Community South will focus full-time on hospital patients from birth through age 18.

Pfahler is a registered respiratory therapist, with a degree in allied health from Indiana University and a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership from Indiana Tech. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, she comes to Community after serving as clinical coordinator of respiratory care for women’s and children’s services at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Community South added a maternity unit to the hospital in 1993, including a Level 2 nursery to accommodate babies requiring advanced medical care. The nursery was renovated in 2010 as part of the hospital’s recent expansion project. Updates include advanced respiratory technology to meet the unique needs of premature babies. Additionally, the hospital has a five-bed pediatric unit and an emergency department serving adult and pediatric patients.

“We are committed to serving families on the south side, whether they are welcoming a new family member or seeking acute care for a child or adolescent,” said Lennen. “With our specialized experts and advanced technology, Community brings high-quality neonatal and pediatric care close to home.”

About Community Hospital South
Community Hospital South is an acute care hospital located at 1400 East County Line Road. With a vast array of surgical capabilities, maternity care, emergency room services and cardiovascular care, Community Hospital South provides an exceptional patient and family experience for the residents of southern Marion and Johnson Counties. Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in access to innovative and compassionate healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, in convenient health pavilions and doctor’s offices, in the workplace, at schools, in the home and online. As a nonprofit health system with multiple affiliates throughout Indiana, Community’s wide continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, full-service hospitals, surgery centers, physician practices, home care services, walk-in care centers and employer health services. To put the needs and the convenience of patients first, Community pioneers advanced treatments and world-class health information technologies, with a focus on exceptional care, simply delivered. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.


Courtney Jones, Media Relations
Courtney Jones
Media Relations