St. Vincent Indianapolis vows to provide “Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind.” This is not a hollow promise. For more than 128 years, our Catholic health ministry has been caring for the needs of individuals – body, mind and spirit. This is achieved through the work of our dedicated associates, physicians and countless community collaborators.
Health awareness and prevention are core to the community outreach of the hospital. Our commitment to caring is infused in community-related activities, including programs that are educational, informative, and make a positive impact on area residents. Some of these programs impact health directly while others affect health indirectly by improving quality of life.
Survivorship Programs for St. Vincent Cancer Care patients are led by creative, artistic, compassionate associates who focus on the individual needs of each cancer survivor. Our goal is to give our survivors a place to find a balance for the needs of mind, body and spirit.
All St. Vincent adult cancer survivors are welcome to talk to our Cancer Care Survivorship Coordinator and participate in programs at any time during the cancer journey. Sometimes this happens immediately after an initial surgery or treatment. For others, they engage with our programs months or even a year later. For more information call 317-338-3551. Click here to see all programs offered.
Senior wellness opportunities are provided by OASIS, a nonprofit senior health educational organization. For more information about classes, lunch and learn events, tutoring and volunteering opportunities, call OASIS Monday-Thursday. For additional information, visit their website, or call the OASIS information line 317-396-3751.
The Center for Healthy Aging is a premier patient and family focused center of interdisciplinary geriatric and gerontological clinical practice, applied research and education that disseminates research findings and best practice information from local to international levels.
The Center for Healthy Aging serves as an authentic voice in public discourse on aging, while supporting successful aging through the provision of exceptional clinical services, advocacy, research and education.
Annually, the St. Vincent Indianapolis Center for Healthy Aging sponsors a geriatric conference for health, human and social service professionals, senior policy advocates and families dealing with senior care issues. In FY 09, more than 400 people attended this educational conference. For more information, call 317-338-7780
The St. Vincent Center of Hope provides expert treatment, advocacy, legal services coordination and evidence collection and preservation for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. In a unique partnership between St. Vincent Indianapolis and St. Vincent Carmel, the St. Vincent Centers of Hope share an on-call team of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) and forensic technicians who provide 24-hour coverage in three St. Vincent emergency departments.
A dedicated and private examination room is provided for these vulnerable patients, and specialized equipment has been purchased to collect and preserve evidence to assist in the successful prosecution of perpetrators.
The St. Vincent Indianapolis Center of Hope coordinator, who provides oversight for all three locations, works closely with law enforcement and the judicial system as well as with mental health and social service agencies to help victims access the services they need and to provide expert testimony that assists in securing convictions.
The Center of Hope is also actively involved in educating the community, health professionals and other law enforcement and child advocacy workers about issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition to the support provided by St. Vincent, this work is also supported by grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
For additional information, please contact Megan Brown at 317-338-6629.
The International Pediatric Heart Surgery Project was founded as part of the Children’s Heart Center and St. Vincent Indianapolis’s commitment to fulfilling the mission of advocacy and care of the poor.
Through this effort, St. Vincent Indianapolis provided $500,000 in fiscal year 2009 for life-saving heart surgery for children from impoverished areas such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Mongolia, Honduras, Kenya and Haiti. These countries have minimal health care available for the treatment of congenital heart disease, and without surgery these children would not survive.
There is no charge to the child’s family. Our cardiothoracic surgeon and physicians of the Children’s Heart Center, as well as pediatric anesthesiologists, intensivists, and other members of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent donate their skills and time in caring for these children.
Since the first patient arrived in February 2000, the program has provided life-saving care for 89 children. This program works with individual volunteers, local church congregations, and organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse in order to coordinate and provide:
The lives of those who have had the opportunity to assist in caring for these children have been touched forever. For more information contact Sara Bodenmiller at email@example.com.
St. Vincent Indianapolis contributes funds and personnel to advance medical care. The Research & Regulatory Affairs Department assists physicians and healthcare providers in developing new medical procedures. The department finds innovative uses for existing technologies and participating in clinical trial programs in order to provide patients and their families with cutting-edge technologies and pharmaceuticals.
Research is being conducted in cardiovascular, cancer, neurological, gastrointestinal and orthopedic treatments, as well as in additional specialty areas. St. Vincent also conducts an annual research symposium that draws clinicians and researchers from throughout the state. Call 317-338-2194 for more details.
St. Vincent Indianapolis participates in government programs including Medicaid, SCHIP (Hoosier Healthwise), Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and Medicare, and helps patients and families enroll in programs for which they are eligible.
Specific eligibility outreach programs sponsored by St. Vincent Indianapolis include those below.
St. Vincent Indianapolis partners with the Health and Hospital Corporation to provide an enrollment team based at St. Vincent to help enroll citizens in public programs like Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Medicaid Disability, Presumptive Eligibility, and St. Vincent Advantage. In fiscal year 2009, the outreach team touched the lives of 8,100 families and is on target to complete 1,736 enrollment applications for eligible individuals and families.
St. Vincent Indianapolis provides office space, equipment and supplies, as well as full-time coordination and supervision of this important outreach. Contact Deborah McCrae at 317-338-6627. Latino callers may contact Jesus Vezga at 317-338-7796.
The St. Vincent Indianapolis QMB/SLMB team in fiscal year 2009 assisted more than 50 individuals who struggled with the financial strain of Medicare deductibles and copayments last year with more than 1,400 contacts. The seniors were Medicare beneficiaries of modest means who paid all or some of Medicare’s cost sharing amounts (i.e. premiums, deductibles and copayments).
To qualify, the individual had to be eligible for Medicare and meet certain income guidelines which change annually. Contact Madonna Gillum at 317-338-2205 for additional information.
SHIIP is a partnership between St. Vincent and the Indiana Department of Insurance that utilizes five trained St. Vincent volunteer counselors. The program has been in existence for seven years. In fiscal year 2009, the counselors provided free and unbiased information to approximately 725 seniors with questions regarding Medicare, Medicare Supplements, HMOs, Managed Care Plans, Medicaid and long-term care programs.
Call 317-338-2198 for more information.
Reach Out and Read is a national early literacy program designed to take advantage of the access pediatricians have to children who are in their critical early years (6 months to 5 years) of cognitive and language development. Across Indiana, physician-based sites distribute more than 100,000 new books a year reaching thousands of Hoosier children and their families.
In the state of Indiana, physicians and nurses have been trained in the program, including the health care professionals at the St. Vincent Primary Care Center.
Contact Dr. Deborah Zancanarro at 317-338-7510 for more information.
The School Wellness Program assists schools in meeting their health and wellness goals by providing a variety of free resources. Resources include classroom presentations to students and presentations to school staff and/or parents on a variety of issues, depending on the school's needs. Some of the more commonly requested presentations include bullying, stress management, nutrition, and physical activity.
In addition, the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent has many hands-on activities that are available to schools. Examples of these are:
We also have a DVD Lending Library where various DVDs can be loaned to schools for teachers to use whenever appropriate. Finally, the School Wellness Program also assists schools in organizing health fairs or safety fairs. We work with both public and private schools throughout Central Indiana. Contact Karen Terrell at 317-338-2336 for additional information.
St. Vincent Indianapolis provides sports medicine services at 18 high schools, 16 middle schools and several youth sports organizations. More than 22,000 youth are served with outreach athletic training services, sports physicals and injury management advice.
The Sports Performance Center sponsors a Positive Coaching for Kids workshop at the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center. The program highlights the skills needed to become a coach or enhance current coaching practices. Interested parents are also invited to participate, as they often help with coaching.
Topics covered in the workshop include:
The workshop helps participants formulate overall positive approaches that nurture kids and help motivate them to get the most out of their participation in sports.
Call 317-415-5747 for more information.
Through the EMS Education Center, St. Vincent provides CPR/BLS community health courses facilitated by American Heart Association educators. These CPR courses will teach you skills that could save the life of a family member, friend, or member of your community. Learn CPR. Make a difference. St. Vincent also provides advanced certifications and re-certifications for healthcare providers.
St. Vincent Indianapolis St. Vincent EMS Education Center
8220 Naab Rd., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Heartsaver AED with CPR for all ages
This community CPR course trains participants in CPR and choking rescue techniques for adults, children, and infants, as well as Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. A 2-year certification is earned.
Fee: $50.00 per participant. Call 317-338-2273 to register.
Healthcare provider training: BLS (CPR for the professional rescuer), ACLS and PALS, click here.
The St. Vincent Indianapolis CARE Line provides information about health/wellness/preventative care classes available to the public, support groups sponsored by St. Vincent Indianapolis, and health screenings in which St. Vincent is participating.
St. Vincent Indianapolis provides a broad range of graduate, undergraduate and continuing education opportunities to physicians, residents and medical students through categorical training programs in:
More than 100 interns and residents participate in these programs each year.
St. Vincent is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Each year more than 300 IU medical students came to St. Vincent for patient-focused education.
The mission of St. Vincent to serve the poor is carried out by
residents and interns who travel to developing countries to provide
medical care to those most in need. Each year, a number of residents
participate in an international medicine rotation and develop
professionally and spiritually in the context of caring for those less
Call 317-338-2281 for more details.
B.A.B.E. Store (Bed And Britches, Etc.) is a community-based program sponsored by St. Vincent that offers incentives in the form of coupons to parents who seek medical, education and nutritional services for themselves and their children.
Families earn coupons for seeking:
Families then redeem the coupons at B.A.B.E. stores for new or gently used infant and maternity clothing, cribs, car seats and other baby supplies.
For information about how and where to redeem coupons contact the Marion County Public Health Department or call 317-221-3050.
St. Vincent Indianapolis participated in, facilitated, sponsored and promoted more than 150 health screenings and health fairs during the year. Fairs and screenings were held at a variety of conferences and community events and took place in conjunction with:
These events provided invaluable health education, prevention and screenings for thousands of Hoosiers across the state, free of charge. St. Vincent Indianapolis also publishes or distributes a wide variety of health and safety related materials to promote community awareness of key health and wellness issues.
This year, staff on the St. Vincent Mobile Screening Van screened 3,500 women with mammography, as well as educated people about healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention.
Approximately 925 of these women were uninsured or underinsured, and they were served at no charge through granted funds from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Diagnostic testing and care for women requiring follow-up was provided at no charge through charitable funds from St. Vincent.
In addition, the Mobile Screening Van traveled to 75 workplaces in Central Indiana, partnering with employers to increase access to screening and education for approximately 2,575 women. For skin, prostate, colorectal and head & neck cancer screenings, approximately 400 people were screened.
The Mobile Screening Van has increased St. Vincent’s capacity to reach many in the community who would otherwise not have access to screening and education.
For additional information, contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at 317-338-5434.
Immunizations are offered for free at a monthly Super Shots Clinic.
St. Vincent Indianapolis provides a range of both pre- and post-death bereavement interventions to assist patient families as well as the broader community through the St. Vincent Stress Center, St. Vincent Hospice, the Oncology Department, Women’s Hospital and others.
Mission of Faith Community Nursing: To serve the Church and community and reflect the compassionate healing love of Jesus Christ by promoting health and wholeness of body, mind, and sprit for all of God's people.
Faith Community Nurses work with their church and congregation to focus on the whole person to emphasize wellness, disease prevention and health promotion, including healthy spirituality. They serve as health educators, personal health advisors and health advocate. They can also provide a vital link as a liaison with community health organizations and in the development of support groups. Faith community nurses typically have a few hours per month to provide to their church when they are available to provide services.
Parish nurses do not provide hands on health care in the church setting; however, they do facilitate access to care provider services when needed. They can interpret medical language, diagnostic meanings, and test findings when parishioners do not understand the meaning of what they have been told. They help parishioners communicate with their physicians more effectively and offer advocacy when invited to intervene.
As part of St. Vincent’s Mission of Service to the Poor (whether poor means financial or health-wise), we have a strong and robust Faith Community group at the hospital. We believe in visibly reintegrating the faith factor in health care which is powerfully affirmed by research. We provide sponsorships for nurses to pursue a Faith Community Nursing certification, help organize health fairs and also provide regular networking/educational sessions. For more information, contact Karen Terrell, Faith Community Nursing Coordinator, at 317-338-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Perinatal Hospice program offers support to families during, at and following the birth and death of their baby with fatal anomalies. This program provides an investigative means to hopefully discover the cause of a family’s stillbirth or neonatal death and provides these families supportive care during their grief journey.
For more information call 317-338-4008.
The Resolve Through Sharing program assists families with their grief journey by providing ongoing emotional and spiritual support through telephone contact, literature, counseling and support group meetings.