Franciscan Health Indianapolis among ‘America’s Best’
Franciscan Health Indianapolis has been named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals Awards™ list in 2018 by Healthgrades and is the only hospital in Indiana to earn that distinction.
Healthgrades, an online information and ratings resource for hospitals and physicians, reports the Franciscan medical center is in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationally to demonstrate superior clinical outcomes for patients and sustained this performance for at least five consecutive years.
“Our physicians, providers and staff dedicate themselves daily to create a healing environment and accomplish that care in a team-based manner for our patients and their families,” said James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO for Franciscan Health. “We are proud to receive this recognition as it reflects on our staff’s dedication to our ministry.”
The Healthgrades analysis reveals that, on average, America’s Best Hospitals outperform their peers in treating a core group of conditions that account for more than 80 percent of mortalities in areas evaluated, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.
The best hospitals save more lives
According to Healthgrades, patients treated in hospitals achieving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 22.3 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award. If all hospitals performed similarly to the Healthgrades 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals, more than 160,000 lives could potentially have been saved.
For more details, visit HealthGrades.com.
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Connections to Franciscan Health benefit Putnam County heart patient
On Nov. 22, 2016, Lester Wilson thought he knew what was wrong with him. His ailing father had fallen, and Lester had helped him up, nearly carrying him, and Lester worried what the strain would do to his current umbilical hernia. Around 2:30 a.m., Lester woke up in pain.
A longtime Greencastle resident and local photographer, Lester went to the Putnam County Hospital emergency room. Sure enough, it looked like he would need surgery to have his hernia repaired immediately. What’s more, his gall bladderwould have to come out, as it had been the source of the new pain Lester had experienced.
But then the ER doc surprised Lester with more news. Continue reading the story on page three, here.
Sleep debt and how to find your “magic sleep number”
Sleep is an important part of your health. During sleep, your body has time to rest, rejuvenate, regulate and heal. Good and bad sleep sets the stage for your day, your week and your life.
Adults typically need seven to nine hours a night, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, the average is more like 6.8 hours. Over time, the difference between how much we sleep and how much sleep we need adds time to our individual sleep debt.
Sleep debt is the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep. It can lead to physical or mental fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability, depression, increased appetite/weight gain and health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and even memory loss. Continue reading the story on page five, here.
Franciscan Hospice House named finalist in IBJ Health Care Heroes recognition
The cancer was widespread throughout her failing body, but she had one wish before dying: to see her son graduate from high school.
In short order, members of Franciscan Hospice House arranged for a wheelchair van, groomed and dressed her and ensured that pain medications could be administrated without interruption. She and her husband arrived at the school and were given special seating. Tears of pride filled their eyes for their son and in gratitude to their “Franciscan family” who had made it all possible. Continue reading on page eight, here.
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