InSRHN INsights
October 2019

Phil's Perspective

Final Thoughts from the 2019 & INSRHN Visits

I am keenly aware that in the course of daily business, all of you have to make difficult decisions. Balancing the highest needed programs vs. the costs of doing so is a challenge all of you face. It is a frustrating trend but this year, perhaps more than any other I heard about results. New programs, innovative ideas and success stories from one corner of the state to the other.

I have seen unique programs that addressed what is consistently the most oft-mentioned need; non-emergency transportation. I’ve seen programs established with local employers to provide health services on and off the work site. There are amazingly effective suicide prevention programs in place that are saving lives every day. Collaborating programs for young parents that provide education, cribs, and other resources. I’ve seen Lean 6 programs introduced, Paramedicine programs, local radio programs sharing health news, etc. So many new ventures launched this year makes me more confident that ever that despite the challenges and what is happening in other states, IN rural hospitals are finding ways to not only survive, but to succeed.

We are very excited about our Rural Summit coming November 21. This might be the best line up of topics and presenters we have ever had and that takes a lot! Brian Lee is always a highly sought presenter and he will deliver 2 sessions. After hearing Brian, several of you have had him come visit your hospital so we are confident in his teaching. Don Kelso worked with Brian Tabor to bring some special presenters from HHS, so we are also looking forward to that. We hope to see many of you there at the Rural Summit.

In closing, we have new members this year. I am proud to have Stephanie Hilton-Siebert, President & CEO at Marion General Hospital and her team now members of INSRHN. Many of you know Stephanie but if you do not please do not hesitate to contact her, she is a delight to chat with and she has been doing some fascinating things at Marion.

Indiana State Museum prepares to launch new exhibit focused on the Opioid Crisis

The Indiana State Museum (ISM) is set to address the opioid crisis with a 7,000 sq. foot exhibit that will deliver a compelling, interactive experience that aims to reduce the stigma of substance use disorder.  The exhibit is called "FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis."  The ISM is interested in partnering with our members to host a FIX event either at the ISM or at one of their 12 remote sites throughout the state. For details on how to take advantage of this great opportunity, please see the information below.


Anthem sends notice about changes taking effect October 1, 2019

Anthem has sent out a notice to all providers who have signed non-Medicare or Medicare Advantage contracts with them regarding changes to the timely-filing deadline.  The article below breaks down the notice including an explanation and possible solution.  

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Margaret Mary Health Receives Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Award 

It is not uncommon for IRHA members to be the recipient of awards for various accomplishments. Many of our members have been recognized for a variety of outstanding achievements. This past week, Tim Putnam, President & CEO at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville and former IRHA Board President was presented with an award on behalf of Margaret Mary Health recognizing them as one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association.

Under Tim’s leadership, Margaret Mary Health continues to be recognized for the wide variety of top quality services offered to patients in Batesville and rural Southeastern Indiana. We are honored to have Tim and the entire team at Margaret Mary Health as INSRHN members.

One of the most rewarding benefits of serving the INSRHN team is seeing the many accomplishments of our member hospitals. Under some of the most challenging circumstances, our members continue to excel and deliver much needed resources to their communities. Congratulations Tim and to your entire team, this was an honor well deserved.

Franciscan Health Rensselaer offers new wide-angle 3D mammogram for earlier cancer detection

Franciscan Health Rensselaer is now offering breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with the MAMMOMAT Revelation system.

“We are thrilled to bring this breakthrough technology to Jasper County,” says Carlos Vasquez, Vice President and COO of  Franciscan Health Rensselaer. “Our number one goal is to find breast cancers as early as possible, which is why we’re investing in advanced technology that will easily detect cancerous tumors,” said Vasquez.


Emmanuel Ndow named on "71 Community Hospital CIOs to Know" 2019 List

Emmanuel J. Ndow, MBA, CPHIMS, CHCIO, Chief Information Officer at Marion General Hospital, has been named on the “71  Community Hospital CIOs to Know” 2019 list. The CIOs on this list all lead the health IT teams at community hospitals and health systems. 



Greene County General Hospital’s CEO, Brenda Reetz, Wins Leader of the Year Award

Greene County General Hospital’s CEO, Brenda Reetz, is the 2019 recipient of the Indiana Rural  Health Association’s (IRHA) Leadership Award. The IRHA announced Reetz as the winner during  its annual Leadership Seminar held on August 22, 2019, in Plainfield, Indiana.  


Pictured from left to right are Phil Ellis (IRHA Network Director), Brenda Reetz, Don Kelso (IRHA Executive Director), and Mark  Vonderheit (IRHA Board President). 



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