Community Health Network

Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate Still Lags

Jul 26, 2018
Health leaders discuss infant mortality in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s infant mortality rates are not going down. In the past few years they’ve actually ticked up slightly.  Health leaders gathered at an Infant Mortality Summit lead by Community Health Network to discuss ways to reduce Indiana’s high rate.

Community-UIndy Nursing Program Aims To Fill Gap

May 27, 2018

Indiana needs more nurses in primary care settings. Community Health Network recently received more than $2.5 million in federal funds to address this need.  

The award from the Health Resources and Services Administration will allow Community Health to expand a partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.  The school will add a first of its kind minor in primary care. 

Community Health chief nursing executive Jean Putnam says this will be a game changer.  

State Grant Supports Neonatal Opioid Program

May 1, 2018
Community Health leaders join state officials for an announcement about the neonatal program. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

State and health leaders met at an Indianapolis hospital to announce a new project to help pregnant Hoosier mothers who are addicted to opioids, the effort expands a pilot to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS.

NAS happens when a baby is exposed to drugs in the womb.  Providers at Community East Hospital addressed this issue in response to the rise in cases that they were seeing says OBGYN Anthony Sanders. 

A new partnership aims to provide members of the Indiana National Guard with mental health and substance abuse care. Indiana National Guard behavioral health officer Maj. Scott Edwards says the program called “Mission Recovery,” tailored to service member’s needs.

“So when service members come they are meeting with a provider who understands more about the realities of being a military member,” Edwards says. “That’s hugely important for us and it’s key to the success in any kind of initiative where people come to get help for mental health or substance abuse problems.”

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Half-a-dozen nurses from around the state attended a training event this week as part of Community Health Network’s efforts to increase awareness of and access to naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug.

The network also plans to hold training sessions for the public at its facilities in central Indiana, Kokomo and Anderson.

Community Health’s Director of Pain Management Kim Sharp says participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of an overdose, as well as free naloxone kits and directions for using them.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funneling over $7 million in federal money to Indiana healthcare centers to help revamp their facilities.

The grant is funded through the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund. The Indiana health centers receiving grant money are in Gary, Jeffersonville, Indianapolis, Portage, West Lafayette, Merrillville and Clinton.

Indiana’s Raphael Health Center CEO Dee Roudebush says they’ve been awarded $1 million.

Pence Announces New State Mental Health Hospital

Dec 16, 2015
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Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday plans for a new $120 million mental health hospital on the east side of Indianapolis. 

The state is partnering with Community Health Network to develop a neuro-diagnostic institute, which will have 159 beds and the capacity to treat 1,500 patients per year.

Pence emphasizes that along with confronting mental illness, the facility was created to fight the state’s ongoing drug addiction crisis.

Pence also notes that of the 30 thousand people incarcerated in Indiana, nearly half have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.