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Community Cancer Center South opens for patients, broadening scope of cancer treatment available for residents of South Central Indiana

Community Cancer Center South now open!Community Cancer Center South, a free-standing cancer center on the campus of Community Hospital South, has opened for patients and offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to cancer care and treatment in South Central Indiana. The Phase One opening highlights the first two floors of the 65,000 square-foot facility.

The new cancer center, a first for the region, offers patients world-class cancer care from a multidisciplinary team of certified medical experts, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and treatment protocols. Full story >>

Community Health Network hospitals receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Community Health Network announces that its hospitals, including Community Hospital South, have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. Full story >>

Community Hospital South ER expedites triage process with Express Care; Patients receive high-quality emergency care with reduced wait times

Community Hospital South has launched a new triage process in the emergency room that is designed to improve patient flow and reduce wait times, particularly for patients with minor illnesses and injuries. Known as Express Care, this expedited triage is available during traditionally high-volume hours in the ER, from 2 to 11 p.m. every day.

“We understand our patients’ desire to see an emergency provider and receive treatment within minutes of walking through the ER front door,” said Sarah Knisely-King, R.N., emergency room director at Community Hospital South. “This process is designed to do just that.”

As patients enter the emergency room during Express Care hours, they receive an initial assessment by a registered nurse. Based on the nature of their injury or illness, they will be placed into one of two categories, essentially “splitting” the patient flow through the ER. Patients with a more acute condition are placed in a separate queue from Express Care patients, who can be treated and released more quickly. The goal is to provide patients with minor illnesses and injuries—such as an ear infection, cold, cough, or minor cut—proper medical care right in the triage area, so they don’t have to wait for an ER bed to become available.

Patients should note that Express Care is still considered an emergency room service and will be billed accordingly. Also, while every effort will be made for Express Care patients to be seen as quickly as possible, an unexpected heavy influx of ER patients may result in a longer-than-anticipated wait.

Community Spine Center opens south side location; Center offers convenience, knowledgeable specialists and cutting-edge care

Community Health Network announces the opening of its second Community Spine Center location at 555 East County Line Road in Greenwood. The center offers the full complement of services provided at the original location on the Community Hospital North campus and is staffed by spine care specialists.

“Community Spine Center South in Greenwood will allow more convenient access to cutting- edge spine care for those living on the south side,” said Brian Foley, M.D., medical director of Community Spine Center. “We have no doubt that the center will provide excellent patient experiences, with the same outcomes-based treatment philosophy of Community Spine Center North.”

Joshua Salyer, D.O., physical medicine physician, joined the Community Spine Center team in 2011 specifically to serve patients on the south side. Kim Roberts, DPT, provides physical therapy services to patients at Community Spine Center South. She specializes in orthopedic care and has worked for Community since 2005.

Dr. Salyer and Kim Roberts are currently accepting patients at the new Community Spine Center location. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 317-497-2100 or visit

Community Hospital South special care nursery upgraded to provide Level IIB care; Advanced respiratory equipment, specialized staff can manage health of babies born as early as 32 weeks

Community Hospital South has upgraded the special care nursery that serves its youngest patients, including the addition of advanced respiratory technology and specialized staff. The new Level IIB designation means that most infants born as early as 32 weeks, or otherwise requiring advanced medical care, will not require a transfer to another facility.

“Our upgraded nursery allows us to coordinate care for mom and baby while keeping them as close to each other as possible,” said Sheryl King, M.D., director of inpatient pediatrics at Community Hospital South. “It has been wonderful to see how happy families are with the new level of care we are able to provide.”

The upgrade from Level IIA to Level IIB designation addresses the more acute respiratory needs of babies who are born pre-term. The special care nursery at Community Hospital South is now equipped to administer continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), Vapotherm (heated and humidified nasal cannula), surfactant replacement therapy (delivery of surfactant through a breathing tube to the lungs) and mechanical ventilation for brief durations. The hospital is also staffed by a respiratory therapy team specialized in neonatal care 24 hours a day.

For expectant parents, Community Hospital South’s Level 2B nursery doesn’t just offer advanced care, it enhances the patient experience:

  • Mom and baby recover after delivery on the same unit.
  • Being able to keep mom and baby in their hospital of choice also keeps them close to home, which provides convenience for dads and other visitors traveling to and from the facility.
  • Knowing that Community Hospital South can care for their pre-term baby, moms do not need to consider delivering at another hospital with an unfamiliar OB/GYN physician.

“Now more than ever, Community South is a name parents can associate with advanced neonatal care,” added King.

Community Hospital South awarded stroke certification from the Joint Commission; All Indianapolis-area Community Hospitals have designation, standardized stroke care

After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Community Hospital South has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Community Hospital North received the designation in May, while Community Hospital East received it in 2007. The stroke certification for all Indianapolis Community Hospitals means standardized stroke care will be performed at each site.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Community South has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” said Clif Knight, chief medical officer of Community Health Network. “We are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community. This means that all patients presenting with stroke symptoms at Community Hospitals East, North and South will receive standardized, evidence-based excellence in care.” Full story >>

Community Hospital South welcomes dedicated hospitalist team; New team to offer patients specialized, highly coordinated care during hospital stay

Community Hospital South welcomed a new team of board-certified internal medicine physicians on September 1, dedicated solely to the care of patients in the hospital. These physicians, known as hospitalists, provide specialized care that enhances the inpatient experience with consistent, highly coordinated care. The dedicated team is the only one of its kind on the south side of Indianapolis.

“We have assembled a team of physicians whose only job is to care for our inpatients,” said Tony Lennen, president of Community Hospital South. “These physicians will not be splitting their time between an office practice and multiple hospitals, giving our patients a single physician who is dedicated to their care throughout their entire stay.”

The hospitalist team will provide coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, under the supervision of Brett McCullough, M.D., medical director for the program. Dr. McCullough is a board-certified internal medicine physician, who comes to Community after practicing as a hospitalist at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for nine years. He is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, the American College of Physicians and the Indiana State Medical Association.

Also joining the Community South hospitalist team are internists John Albrecht, M.D., Nami Bayan, M.D., Hamilton Lam, M.D., Randy Lee, M.D., Anand Patel, M.D., Selma Rashid, M.D., Renu Weiss, M.D., and Amanda Markand, nurse practitioner. The staff joins the hospitalist program that has been in place at Community South for several years.

“Bringing this team of hospitalists on board raises the standard of care available to residents of southern Marion and Johnson counties,” added Lennen. “This patient-centered approach gives patients and families better access to their hospital physician, while also improving communication from the hospitalist back to the patient’s primary care physician or specialist.”

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

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).

Recognizing respiratory illness in children

Sheryl King, M.D., director of inpatient pediatrics at Community Hospital South, was interviewed on Fox59 about common respiratory illnesses in infants and toddlers.

Just shy of his first birthday little Aidan is healthy and happy now, but not long ago, he scared his parents. “He was coughing. He sounded horrible. He was not himself, very lethargic, very tired, really scary,” described Aidan’s mother, Sunshine Fox.

After three days of doctor-ordered antibiotics and breathing treatments Aidan wasn't getting better. “He got worse and I felt really concerned he was getting worse,” said Aidan’s father, Darrick Fox.

Aidan was admitted to Community Hospital South. Diagnosis: pneumonia. 

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Community Hospital South welcomes pediatric hospitalist and respiratory therapist

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. Full story >>

Community Hospital South names emergency department director

Sarah Knisely-King, R.N., has been named director of the emergency department at Community Hospital South, effective March 21. She succeeds Linda Herrmann, R.N., NE-BC, director of the hospital’s ICU and PCU, who has held this position in an interim capacity since March 2010.

Knisely-King has more than 10 years of experience in an emergency department setting, including a previous leadership role at Community Hospital South. She returns to Community after serving as interim nurse manager and assistant director of emergency care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.

“We are pleased to welcome Sarah back to the Community family,” said Kerry Sawin, R.N., MBA, NE-BC, vice president of nursing at Community South. “She has a solid background in management and leadership and a strong commitment to quality outcomes and patient satisfaction that will effectively lead our emergency department team in providing exceptional care.”

Knisely-King has associate's and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Purdue University, and she is currently pursuing a master of science in nursing and master of business administration degree at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and is an instructor on Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Hospitals announce plans for closer clinical collaboration

Johnson Memorial Hospital, a hospital you can believe in(Franklin)-Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, and Community Health Network, based in Indianapolis, are pleased to announce they have agreed to create a closer clinical collaboration between the two healthcare organizations.

The clinical collaboration agreement will establish a new business relationship between JMH and Community, which includes five Central Indiana hospitals. This collaboration is designed to expand their combined ability to jointly develop new clinical services and facilities in the future in Johnson County.

Historically JMH has operated with multiple collaborative agreements with Indianapolis-based health systems. In response to a changing healthcare environment, however, the hospital determined a different approach was needed going forward.

As clinical partners, JMH and Community will develop a shared set of goals and strategies, with the goal of increasing access to healthcare for residents of Johnson County and increasing the level of specialized care available at the JMH campus and at other locations in Johnson County that will be jointly developed in the future. Full story >>

Community Health Network supports athletics and performing arts at Greenwood and Southport High Schools; Performing arts funding, athletic training part of Community’s commitment to south side

Community Health Network announced partnerships for the 2010-2011 school year that will benefit the performing arts students at Greenwood High School, 615 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenfield, and Southport High School, 971 E. Banta Road, Indianapolis. Additionally, Community’s Rehab & Sports Medicine Centers and Greenwood Orthopedics have teamed up as the official athletic training provider at Greenwood High School through May 2012.

“Our communities rally around the schools,” said Tony Lennen, president of Community Hospital South. “South side residents are involved in their kids’ activities, and what’s important to them is also important to us.”

Lennen and others at Community worked with administrators at Greenwood and Southport High Schools to identify areas where support is needed, at a time when schools need it most. The discussions resulted in a $2,500 performing arts sponsorship to support arts education programs at each school. Community will also have signage displayed in the schools’ auditorium areas. Full story >>

Community Hospital South pulmonary rehab patient surpasses 1,000 visits; South side resident attributes better health to regular attendance, dedicated staff

Carl Hirschle, Community Hospital South pulmonary rehab patient, surpasses 1,000 visitsWhen Carl Hirschle was discharged from Community Hospital South after a surgery in July 2003, his doctor prescribed 10 weeks in pulmonary rehab to help rebuild his strength. Seven years and more than 1,000 visits later, Hirschle’s commitment to the program has far exceeded doctor’s orders—and he has no plans to stop now.

Carl rarely misses an opportunity to come to our clinic for a workout. He is by far our longest attending patient,” said Julie Williams, R.N., care manager at the Healthy Hearts Center at Community Hospital South. “His dedication shows how regular exercise can improve health and quality of life.”

Patients with chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema, are often referred to pulmonary rehab at the Healthy Hearts Center by their physicians to help in the management of their condition. They meet with clinicians on site and participate in an exercise program to help them improve lung function. Insurance typically covers ten weeks in the program, after which patients have the option to continue on a self-pay basis. Full story >>

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