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Touchpoint opens SHIP office at Community Hospital South; Free counseling service helps consumers make healthcare choices

For release on June 17, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---Touchpoint, Community Health Network’s healthy life transitions program for adults age 55 and older, is pleased to launch a new office for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Located on the first floor of Community Hospital South, 1402 E. County Line Road, Indianapolis, this is the third SHIP location available at a Community Health Network facility.

“SHIP is an invaluable resource that helps educate consumers so they can get the best value for their health insurance dollars,” said Shelley O’Connell, Touchpoint program manager. “Our new location makes it much more convenient for our south side neighbors to access this service.”

SHIP is a free counseling service provided by the Indiana State Department of Insurance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Consumers can ask questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage (managed care programs), Medicare Part D, long term care financing options, prescription coverage and low-income assistance. Counselors provide free, impartial information to help consumers make decisions about their health care.

The SHIP office at Community Hospital South opened on June 13.To schedule an appointment, call 317-887-7447. In addition, Community offers SHIP services at Community Hospital East (317-355-1530) and at Community Hospital North (317-621-1576).

About Community Hospital South
Community Hospital South is an acute care hospital located at 1402 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.

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Courtney Jones, Media Relations
Courtney Jones
Media Relations