Community Health Network selected as sports medicine healthcare provider for UIndy Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis announced today the selection of Community Health Network as the provider of sports medicine healthcare for the University’s athletics program, expanding the current partnership between the two entities while creating a unique model for healthcare, education and athletic training in higher education. The partnership also expands opportunities for research, education and access to healthcare for UIndy employees and students.

One of the largest providers of sports medicine healthcare in central Indiana, Community Health Network has developed a standout reputation with professional teams such as the Indy Eleven and Indy Fuel. Community will provide nearly 700 student athletes with the same expertise and quality in sports medicine and athletic training.

“When we looked to a provider that could be an innovative and effective partner and best serve one of the strongest athletic programs in Division II, Community’s expertise and record stood out. With Community’s reputation for excellence in healthcare, integration of ground-breaking technology and medical specialties such as sports medicine, we both saw the opportunity to a create a model in higher education to benefit the entire UIndy community,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

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“We are excited to deepen our current relationship with UIndy through the addition of sports medicine services,” said Nichole Wilson, vice president of retail services for Community Health Network. “The ability to leverage our organizations’ collective strengths to innovate how future health care providers are trained and how we deliver care is what makes this a great partnership. Sports medicine is another avenue by which we can do just that.”

The unique partnership expands access to athletic trainers, diagnostic and treatment services including physical and occupational therapy, orthopedics, women’s health and concussion rehabilitation. With the focus on urgent and emergent medical management, the partnership will provide faculty and students with additional teaching, research and educational opportunities for healthcare majors, including collaborative networking with Community professionals.

“The UIndy Sports Medicine Program provides another outstanding opportunity for Community Health Network to expand on our already unique relationship with the University of Indianapolis,” said Dr. David Kiley, President of Community Health Network’s South region. “This program enables Community Health Network to further our Mission, Vision and Values in the community by providing exceptional Sports Medicine care and experiences to an extraordinary group of student athletes while also collaborating with the University of Indianapolis in providing exceptional healthcare-related learning experiences for their impressive student body. We feel this collaborative relationship will strengthen the learning experiences for the UIndy students and that these remarkable individuals will go on to be deeply committed to enhancing the health and well-being for those in the communities in which they later serve.”

The sports medicine healthcare agreement with Community Health Network is the latest stage in the evolution of a growing partnership, which includes the Nursing Academy, an academic partnership between Community and the University of Indianapolis that offers an accelerated path for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Additionally, the Health Pavilion hosts an annual Multidisciplinary Symposium that brings together hundreds of Community health professionals and University of Indianapolis students and faculty to share research and presentations on the latest healthcare trends.

The goal shared by Community Health Network and the University is to keep our student athletes healthy, and when they do get injured, we support their desire to return to optimum health and competition as soon as possible,” said Sue Willey, University of Indianapolis vice president of intercollegiate athletics.

 

 

About Community Health Network

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Community Health Network has been deeply committed to the communities it serves since opening its first hospital, Community Hospital East, in 1956. Now with more than 16,000 caregivers and 200 sites of care, Community Health Network puts patients first while offering a full continuum of healthcare services, world-class innovations and a new focus on population health management. Exceptional care, simply delivered, is what sets Community Health Network apart and what makes it a leading not-for-profit healthcare destination in central Indiana. For more information about Community Health Network, please visit eCommunity.com.

 

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 undergraduates, 1,300 graduate students and 400 continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 35 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. With strong programs in the health sciences, engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” UIndy.edu

About University of Indianapolis Athletics
The University of Indianapolis sponsors 23 varsity sports and supports nearly 700 student-athletes. The Greyhounds combined to win a school-record nine conference titles in 2017-18, with 12 consecutive top-20 finishes in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, including six top 10s in the last seven years. The University has noted 73 Academic All-America® honorees since 2000, fifth most in Division II. The overall GPA for student athletes during the 2017-18 academic year was 3.2.

Multidisciplinary Symposium highlights collaboration with Community Health Network

IMG_2055More than 300 Community Health Network  health professionals and University of Indianapolis students and faculty attended the 3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium to share research and presentations on the latest healthcare trends.

The symposium highlighted the partnership between the University and Community Health Network, and showcases research and scholarly efforts by University faculty and Community clinicians. This year’s agenda included more than 75 oral presentations and poster sessions.

Keynote speaker Sue Skochelak MD, MPH, the Vice President of Medical Education at the American Medical Association, shared insight regarding what’s on the horizon for medical education and the role of multidisciplinary competency-based learning in ensuring that students are supported through their learning journey and developing skills to meet the needs of the patients.

UIN_0036Kathy Zoppi, senior vice president and chief academics officer at Community, noted the growth of the symposium from 100 participants attending the first event three years ago to 300 attendees in 2018.

“As part of the partnership, we want to stimulate cross-institution collaborative projects,” Zoppi explained. The event serves an important role in providing a space for Community Health Network’s research and education programs to exhibit peer-reviewed scholarly activity for accreditation.

“When we first called UIndy three years ago in search of a good space to have this event, there was a gracious and rapid response from [Associate Provost of Research, Graduate Programs and Academic Partnerships] Ellen Miller of help, space and staff for our need.  It was unparalleled by other places and helped us get launched,” Zoppi added.

IMG_6735Participants from Community Health Network included physicians, pharmacists, nurses, educators, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. University of Indianapolis research teams also participated, with some teams collaborating across organizations. Researchers not only get a chance to discuss the results of their studies, but also how to grow the partnership between the two organizations.

“I was so impressed by this event and the collaborative, inspiring scholarly work that is happening across both UIndy and Community Health Network. The range of presentations and posters outlined real-life challenges, intriguing questions, problem-solving strategies and innovative solutions across education and practice settings, which then leads to further questions to be answered.  I am excited about the possibilities for the work UIndy and Community can do through working together,” said Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Many ideas have blossomed from discussions about how to advance the interprofessional and team education in both organizations.  

“Our existing groups of physicians, nurses, health professionals, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers can benefit from the engagement of bright students in clinical settings who ask great questions. We also can share improvements that make a big difference for patients and families – our ultimate goal, of course!” Zoppi said.

Partnership initiatives and news

FNP_Family_Nursing_Practitioners_34315Community Health Network Foundation has received a four-year $2,564,978 award from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to transform the delivery of primary care through enhanced undergraduate nursing education and redefined nursing practice in the primary care setting. The grant is effective July 1, 2018, and allows Community Health Network to expand an educational partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing. Learn more.

The Nursing Academy is a unique academic partnership between Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis that offers an accelerated path for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It was established to support the unprecedented demands on today’s nursing workforce. Together, the University of Indianapolis and Community Health Network are able to provide a higher standard of care to a complex and growing patient population by preparing nursing students to practice in the evolving landscape of healthcare.

Written by Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, University of Indianapolis. Contact newsdesk@uindy.edu with your campus news.