With 20 hospitals and medical facilities—large and small—spread across central Indiana, St. Vincent Health is a vital part of our state’s healthcare landscape. The health and well-being of the communities we live and work in have always been our focus—not just in times of illness, but as part of what we all do to stay healthy, improve our own lives, and help others in need. After all, what better gift is there than health—our own, and that of our family, friends, and the surrounding community?
At St. Vincent hospitals and community settings around the state, we offer a variety of classes, support groups, health fairs and presentations, as well as other educational and certification training programs that help promote wellness and the prevention of disease.
Whether you are planning a pregnancy, working to maintain good health, learning to live with a chronic disease, or coping with a new diagnosis, our trained educators and experts are here to help.
To submit a request for a Health Fair/Screening, Health Speaker and/or Educational Materials:
An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a brain injury and 12,000 – 20,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury every year. That is one person every 21 seconds. This means that in the short time it has taken you to read these facts, approximately 13 people have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation. 51 percent of incidents resulting in brain injury occur on the weekend. And most brain injuries take place at night.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and St. Vincent Health have teamed together to help educate kids, youth and teens on brain and spinal cord injury prevention.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation offers a number of 'Fast Facts' sheets, with safety tips and other information for children and adults.
For more information on injury prevention, visit the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation at www.thinkfirst.org. The website provides information on how to get involved in your local ThinkFirst chapter and offers resources to download for schools and communities.
For more information on the St. Vincent ThinkFirst chapter, or to schedule a presentation, please contact Karen Terrell at 317-338-2336 or 317-460-9459. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Vincent Tobacco Management Center is a hospital-based, nurse/pharmacist-driven smoking cessation program in Indiana offered to the community that will provide the resources, group support and individualized counseling that you need to quit smoking. Our counselors have received training by the Mayo Clinic and have developed the program using Pfizer’s Beat the Pack smoking cessation curriculum.
The team at St. Vincent understands the science behind smoking and can apply the behavioral health counseling and medication you need to quit. We also understand that each individual is unique. That’s why St. Vincent will assist you in tailoring your own program to your specific needs.
As an added benefit to the program, participants will receive a free test to determine if they are at risk for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard for you to exhale “used” air from your lungs and is the fourth most common cause of death in the United States. One of our clinicians will provide you the results to bring to your primary care physician for further follow-up.
Be one of the 1.3 million Americans who quit smoking every year!
|20 minutes||Heart rate drops|
|12 hours||Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal|
|2 weeks||Heart attack risk begins to drop
Lungs start to work better
|8 weeks||Cholesterol levels get better|
|1 – 9 months||Coughing and shortness of breath decrease|
|1 year||Heart disease risk is reduced in half|
|5 years||Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker|
|10 years||Lung cancer death rate is reduced by 50%
Risk of pneumonia is like that of a nonsmoker
|15 years||Risk of heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker|