Research events highlight UIndy-Community Health Network partnership

The University of Indianapolis held the first annual Health Pavilion Scholarship Day in May to showcase research conducted by students and faculty in the health sciences disciplines. Held in tandem with the Community Health Network Research Symposium on campus, the events highlighted the growing partnership between the University of Indianapolis and Community Health Network.

UIndy students show research posters in the atrium of the Health Pavilion as part of the first annual Health Pavilion Scholarship Day hosted by the Health Science Colleges on Friday, May 19, 2017. The event was followed by the Second Annual Multidisciplinary Scholarly Activity Symposium held by Community Health Network with UIndy partnership support. Chad Priest, RN, JD, Chief Executive Officer of he American Red Cross of Indiana Region, is the speaker delivering a keynote on "The Healthcare Professionals of the Future" in Schwitzer following the luncheon. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

More than 20 faculty and students showcased their research experiences  at the Scholarship Day event held in the morning, which was hosted by all of the disciplines within the Health Pavilion. In the afternoon, keynote speakers Chad Priest and Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez of Community Health Network addressed issues surrounding the health care professions at the Community Health Network Research Symposium.

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Sutphin Center for Clinical Care strengthens community partnerships

Dedication of the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care in the UIndy Health Pavilion on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Program and group photo at the end: Christopher Molloy VP for Advancement was MC with remarks from Stephen Kiley, Senior Vice President South Region for Community Hospitals, Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Dean College of Health Sciences (CHS), Ashley Boyer Mahin, NP '16, a family nurse practitioner, and Charles Sutphin. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Dedication of the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care in the UIndy Health Pavilion on Thursday, August 24, 2017. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Sutphin family legacy at the University of Indianapolis ushered in a new chapter with the dedication of the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care in the UIndy Health Pavilion in August 2017.

The Center commemorates Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin and strengthens the University of Indianapolis’ commitment to building partnerships that create better health outcomes for underserved populations. The Center brings together critical services within the UIndy Health Pavilion, including physical therapy, medical and behavioral health clinics.

The Center, originally located in Fountain Square, will continue the University’s work to combine improved access to health care with advancement of education initiatives in the health professions.

“The Sutphin Center for Clinical Care provides an important place for our students, faculty, and community members to come together. We can extend our applied clinic teaching experiences, and offer support to enhance the health and wellness of our community at the same time,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.  

By serving multifaceted needs through services such as rehabilitation, health and wellness and mental health, Manuel praised the interprofessional culture that serves as the backbone of the Sutphin Center’s philosophy. Students have the opportunity to work alongside Community Health Network clinicians and to collaborate with students in other health disciplines.

“As educators, we know students learn best in real-life environments, so the addition of the Sutphin Center in space just downstairs from classroom learning is a valuable resource for the UIndy health professions. Students will have opportunities for internships, focused learning activities, interprofessional learning and research that is right at their doorstep,” said Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Vice President for University Advancement Chris Molloy noted the longstanding relationship between the Sutphins and the University.

“The Sutphin family has been a longtime supporter of the University of Indianapolis in its mission to reach out to the community, and the Center positions the University to continue to make a positive impact,” said Molloy.

The Sutphin family has a long history of supporting the University of Indianapolis beginning with the establishment of the Sutphin Lectures in the Humanities, endowed in memory of Samuel B. Sutphin by his sons Dudley V. and Samuel Reid Sutphin. Charlie Sutphin, who is Dudley’s son and Samuel’s grandson, continues to support both the Sutphin Lectures and the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care.

At a recent dedication ceremony, Charlie Sutphin noted the strong ties between his family and the University. He shared the story of his father receiving an honorary degree in 1992.

“I saw how much that meant to him, and it sustained my ongoing interest in the University of Indianapolis,” Sutphin said.

Sutphin encouraged students to get involved in volunteer or outreach opportunities, noting the value of community connections.

“We should all strive to belong to a group that is greater than ourselves,” Sutphin said.

New Health Pavilion clinics open their doors

UIndy wellness clinicWith some final touches still in the works, the new UIndy Health and Wellness Center was seeing a steady stream of patients Thursday.

Community Health Network staffers include UIndy alumni

This week saw the official opening of two clinical spaces in the new Health Pavilion, where the university is partnering with Community Health Network to provide care for patients and clients while creating experiential learning opportunities for students.

The new Health and Wellness Center in Suite 108, which combines the student and employee services previously available at the Student Health Center and Koval Center, saw its first 30 patients Wednesday, said Kory Vitangeli, Dean of Students and VP for Student & Campus Affairs.

The personnel include staff nurse-practitioners Lynn Moran, Vicky Swank and Barbara Kelly, and the cooperating physician from Community Health Network is Dr. Randall Lee, a 1972 UIndy graduate who is donating his time to the effort. Appointments are free to the UIndy community, with minimal charges for medication, vaccines and other needs. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the menu of services will continue to expand.

Community Health’s Physical Therapy and Rehab-UIndy clinic opened Monday in Suite 107, serving network clients initially on Mondays and Thursdays and soon to expand through the week. Its services include general orthopedic therapy as well as neurological, hand and sports injury rehabilitation. Staffing the space are Community Health Network physical therapists Jeff Mestrich and Matt Redshaw. Mestrich, a certified and licensed athletic trainer, holds two UIndy degrees: a BS in Athletic Training from 2000 and an MS in Physical Therapy from 2002. Redshaw, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UIndy in 2007.

Also housed in the Health Pavilion is the School of Psychological Sciences‘ Psychological Services Center, where faculty and advanced graduate students provide comprehensive evaluation and outpatient therapy services to individuals, families and organizations.

CHN PT rehab clinicCommunity Health Network’s Physical Therapy and Rehab-UIndy is now open two days a week and soon will expand its hours, offering a range of services.

Partners celebrate Health Pavilion opening

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Not one, but four ribbons were cut Friday when hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community partners gathered for the dedication of the UIndy Health Pavilion, a cutting-edge space designed for innovative collaborations among academic disciplines and health care industry professionals.

“We started dreaming about this building about 18 months ago, and in the architects’ rendering, they had this room filled with people,” President Robert Manuel said, glancing around the crowded two-story atrium as onlookers lined the balcony rail. “I don’t believe any of us thought we’d be done in 18 months to be here today, but it’s really pretty powerful to look out and see it done, filled, and doing what it was built to do.”

The four-story, 160,000-square-foot, $28 million structure at Hanna and State avenues now houses UIndy’s nationally respected programs in nursing, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, gerontology, kinesiology, athletic training and social work, The building also houses two clinical facilities opening this month in partnership with Community Health Network: a health and wellness clinic for faculty, staff and students; and the latest addition to CHN’s growing line of Community Physical Therapy & Rehab centers, bringing new services to the University Heights neighborhood.

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Alumni making contributions to health care



Physician David Kiley, who earned his MBA from UIndy last year, has been named senior vice president and physician executive for Community Health Network‘s North Region. His duties will include working with the region president and with providers across all of the region’s product lines and care sites to implement clinical priorities. Kiley, an OB/GYN, began his career with Community in 1992 and had been serving most recently as vice president of clinical performance for the North Region and a specialty care physician executive for Community Physician Network. Read more here.



Lillian Cabel, who holds UIndy Master of Science in Nursing degrees in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialities, is part of a renewed effort to address women’s health issues at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle. Cabel will begin seeing patients Sept. 8 through the hospital’s Putnam Women’s Healthcare service, which offers obstetric and gynecologic care in partnership with physicians and midwives at Hendricks Regional Health. Read more here.

UIndy, Community Health launch partnership

Health Pavilion exteriorThe UIndy Health Pavilion will open in August at Hanna and State avenues.

Clinic in new UIndy Health Pavilion will serve campus and network patients
while creating new opportunities for education, internships and research

VIDEO: Watch President Manuel and Community Health Network CEO Bryan Mills on Inside Indiana Business

Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis are joining forces to establish a clinical facility on campus where students and faculty will work alongside health and wellness professionals to serve patients and clients, transforming the educational experience and bringing important resources to an underserved part of the city.



The partnership is central to the philosophy behind UIndy’s four-story, $30 million Health Pavilion on Hanna Avenue, which will open in August as the new home for nationally respected academic programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, gerontology, kinesiology, athletic training and social work.

“Our vision is to close the gap between education and practice in a way that benefits our students, our partners and the broader community,” UIndy President Robert Manuel said. “With our friends at Community Health Network sharing that vision, we have an amazing opportunity for innovation in the preparation of new health professionals and the delivery of health and wellness services in our city and beyond.”

Under a renewable five-year lease, more than 10,000 square feet of the UIndy Health Pavilion’s first floor will operate as a department of Community Hospital South. The space will include a 7,000-square-foot physical therapy and rehab center with private treatment rooms and a therapy gym that includes a walking track and therapy equipment.

Adjacent will be a 3,700-square-foot primary care clinic that will provide health and wellness services to UIndy employees, Community Health Network clients and other patients, with examination rooms where students can gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields under the supervision of professionals and faculty. Also on the first floor will be UIndy’s own Psychological Services Center, a training and research facility where faculty and graduate students from the School of Psychological Sciences provide evaluation and therapy services to the public.

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Regional health career center moves to UIndy

MICI-AHEC fits well with university’s strength in health professions

A regional program that recruits and retains healthcare professionals to work in underserved communities has a new home at the University of Indianapolis.

UIndy now hosts the Metropolitan Indianapolis/Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, known as MICI-AHEC, which is active in Marion and the eight surrounding counties. It is one of eight regional AHEC centers around the state dedicated to this special kind of workforce development, which is based on research showing that health professionals tend to serve communities where they grew up and received their training.

“With our School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and other health-related programs, not to mention our culture of community engagement and service, UIndy is a leader in the field and a natural choice to host this important program,” said Deborah Balogh, executive vice president and provost at UIndy. “We also look forward to integrating this new office with our operations and creating new opportunities for our students and faculty.”



Executive Director Kimberly McElroy-Jones will continue to lead the MICI-AHEC, as she has since its founding in 2006. The office and its seven staff members are located in the Fountain Square Center on Shelby Street, where UIndy shares space with community organizations. The change comes as the university prepares to foster greater multidisciplinary collaboration by moving its schools of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology and other health-related programs into the new four-story Health Pavilion that is now under construction at the main campus on Hanna Avenue.

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Pro Edge fair to link students and community

UIndy’s new Professional Edge Center is expanding on the traditional job-expo concept this week with a three-day extravaganza that will bring business and community organizations to campus to tout their opportunities for students and identify candidates for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.



The Professional Edge Center Career & Community Engagement Fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in Stierwalt Alumni House. Students are encouraged to wear business attire and bring their resumes.

“The fair was expanded to three days in an effort to maximize the opportunity for our students to network with our volunteer and business community partners,” said Corey Wilson, associate vice president overseeing the Professional Edge Center.

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UIndy joins in launch of health fellowship program

Application deadline March 1

The University of Indianapolis is a sponsor of a new statewide fellowship program designed to address community healthcare needs and develop tomorrow’s public health leaders.

This month, Indiana became the 13th state to host the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which supports top graduate and professional-school students in providing health-related services to people in need. Stephanie Kelly, dean of UIndy’s College of Health Sciences, serves on the advisory board for the new Indiana Schweitzer Fellows Program.

“Supporting this program is a natural fit for UIndy, given the strength of our graduate programs in nursing, psychology, gerontology, and physical and occupational therapy,” Kelly said. “And the Schweitzer organization’s goals are certainly in keeping with UIndy’s philosophy of ‘Education for Service.’”

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Center for Aging & Community state project making senior neighborhoods more livable

In an aging section of Gary, Indiana, older residents are banding together to make their neighborhood safer – partnering with local police, establishing a 24-hour crisis hotline, organizing cleanup projects, and building networks of friends and family to monitor their health and well-being.

The project is one of five in Indiana coordinated by UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community through a state-funded program called Communities for Life.

Communities for Life builds on the concept of neighborhood naturally occurring retirement communities, or NNORCs, a term applied to small geographic areas where people age 60 and older happen to live in high concentrations. NNORCs provide opportunities to create community-based programs that help older adults live independently in their own homes and manage their own affairs, typically seen as a more satisfying and less expensive alternative to institutional settings and bureaucratic programs.
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