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Community Health Network to provide employee health and wellness center for Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township

For release on January 27, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (MSDLT) board has approved plans for Community Health Network to provide an employee health and wellness center for MSDLT employees and their covered dependents.  The center, to be housed in remodeled space at Community Health Pavilion—Fort Ben (8501 East 56th Street), is scheduled to open in mid April.  The school board approved the contract during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.

The health and wellness center will be staffed by board-certified family practice physicians who can provide care for a variety of health ailments, ranging from minor sprains and illnesses to more complicated chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes.  The center will focus strongly on engaging MSDLT staff in wellness and disease prevention. Medical personnel will include a “health coach,” who can help patients make changes in their daily health habits to improve health.  The coach can assist with anything from smoking cessation to stress reduction techniques, diet and exercise planning.

“The entire school community of MSDLT is thrilled with our new groundbreaking partnership with Community Health Network, said Dr. Concetta Raimondi, superintendent of MSDLT.  “We are excited about the health services that will be provided through this new collaboration.  We look forward to expanding health and wellness opportunities for our employees, their families and the children we serve.  This new partnership is an absolute win-win for our school family and the greater Lawrence Township community.” 

Physical examinations, immunizations and on-site lab services will be among the other services offered at the center.  In addition, some services not typically offered  in a physician office will be available, including some prescription medications provided at no charge for an initial supply; appointments scheduled in 20-minute intervals to allow patients time to get their medical questions answered; and on-line appointment scheduling and same-day visits.

The health and wellness center is an addition to the MSDLT-sponsored medical benefit plan.  Employees covered under the township plan will be able to continue using their participating provider of choice; however, if they utilize the new employee health and wellness center, they will not pay an office visit co-pay for their visits. 

“We are excited about the opportunity to further Community’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the teachers, staff and family members of Lawrence Township Schools,” said Steve Zetzl, vice president of Infinity Employer Health Solutions, a product of Community Health Network.  “Through this partnership, we believe we can positively impact not only the employees of the township, but also the students they serve.  We have witnessed the financial and social impact of poor health on people’s lives.  The health and wellness center is designed to provide patients with the medical, educational and motivational resources needed to control disease and maintain optimal health.”

Community Health Network offers employee health services in several other school systems, including MSD of Warren Township; Anderson Community School Corporation; Monroe County Community School Corporation; Beech Grove City Schools; MSD of Decatur Township; Franklin Township Community School Corporation; MSD of Perry Township; and the Central Indiana Educational Services Center (CIESC).   

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated health care networks, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care and more than 450 integrated physicians throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, part of Community Heart and Vascular; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MedCheck Express convenience clinics; Infinity employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.

About the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township
The ninth largest school district in the state, the MSD of Lawrence Township serves just under 16,000 students. Throughout Indiana, Lawrence Township is recognized as a “lighthouse” school district, a reputation built over the years based on the district’s award-winning staff, high-achieving students, supportive community, innovative educational programs, and nationally recognized character education initiative.  Located in the northeast corner of the greater Indianapolis area, Lawrence is a residential suburban community of 95,000+ and home to Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park and Geist Reservoir. With families from widely diverse cultural, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds, the Lawrence community values and embraces diversity as one of its greatest strengths.

 

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Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations