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The Richard G. Lugar Center visits Greene County, Indiana. The Lugar Center presented three organizations within Greene County with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on Friday the 13th of November. 

Advancing Care through Curriculum Development

Union Hospital, Inc. and the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency were awarded a Primary Care Training and Enhancement Award from the Bureau of Health Workforce in Health Resources and Services Administration.

This project aims to increase the number of primary care physicians who demonstrate competence in caring for geriatric patients. The UFMR will develop a coordinated and comprehensive training program to address the special considerations of a geriatric patient.

The American population is aging; therefore it is important to train family medicine residents in the specialized needs of this population of patients, because these will be the patients that they will see in their practices. 

Turner- Hamilton Center Award 2015

Hamilton Center presented Dr. James Turner, medical director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, with an Award for Outstanding Comunity Service. Dr Turner was recognized  for his role in implementing a telepsychiarty program within the local prisons as well as his effort in educating paramedics in the treatment of patients with mental illnesses. Dr Turner is also known for his work with the Sisters of Providence at the St. Ann's Clinic, now known as Wabash Valley Health Center. 

The Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health hosted first year students from the Rural Medical Education Program at the University of Illinois at Rockford and Indiana University School of Medicine Rural Medical Education Program in Terre Haute for the 2014 Doc Hollywood Day celebration on Wednesday, October 22nd. The Doc Hollywood Day seeks to recognize students and mentors with a passion for serving rural populations. The medical students are invited to the Union Hospital Campus where they participated in a panel presentation on Primary Care Training in an FQHC Setting. They also toured theRural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) Simulation Center located on the Union Hospital Terre Haute campus, where they were able to participate in clinical scenarios using manikins in conjunction with skilled actors to provide lifelike environments. The RHIC Simulation Center is the first center in Indiana to be accredited.

The students are also presented with information on the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health's Summer Hoosier Rural Preceptorship. This unique eight-week experiential program introduces medical students to hands-on rural family medicine in underserved populations in Indiana and Illinois. The hope is that students who participate in the program will have positive experiences that positively effect their future career paths and result in them choosing to contiue their medical careers in rural settings. 

RAED presentation 10-23-2015

 

Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health (Lugar Center) presented two Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to the City of Marshall Police Department on Friday the 24th of October at the Police Department in Marshall, IL.

Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, along with Sullivan County Community Hospital and Greene County General Hospital, distributed 28 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to various Sullivan and Greene County organizations on Monday, April 6 in separate events taking place within each county.
Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-8) spoke during the ceremonies. Additional remarks were provided by each hospital CEO, and representatives from the offices of Senator Dan Coats and Senator Joe Donnelly.
The events were covered by local news media.

Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health (Lugar Center), along with Sullivan County Community Hospital and Greene County General Hospital, distributed 28 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to various Sullivan and Greene County organizations on Monday, April 6 in separate events within each county. Congressman Larry Bucshon was present to make comments at the ceremonies. Dr. Bucshon, a cardiothoracic surgeon, represents Indiana's 8th District, which includes Sullivan and Greene County. As a physician, he is keenly aware of the need for AEDs in rural communities where access to life saving interventions for heart attacks can be limited.

Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center is partnering with Indiana State University on a project to improve access to emergency services in rural areas using telehealth.

The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Lugar Center $1.2 million for the project. The grant is one of only five of its kind in the country.

The Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health hosted first year students from the Rural Medical Education Program at the University of Illinois at Rockford and Indiana University School of Medicine Rural Medical Education Program in Terre Haute for the 2014 Doc Hollywood Day celebration on Wednesday, October 22nd. 

Dr. Joe Biggs, the Executive Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, was featured on a recent news story about Indiana's county health rankings. Dr. Biggs touched specifically on the challenges of healthcare in rural areas. See the full story below:

Originally published: Nixle
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sheriff's deputies quick response with an A.E.D. is being credited with saving a mans life early Saturday morning. 

On March 22nd 2014 at approximately 2:54am, 911 dispatchers received a call of a man not breathing and in cardiac arrest in the 1800 block Oakridge Parkway in southern Vigo County. 
Honey Creek Fire-Rescue was dispatched, and 911 dispatchers asked for any Sheriff’s unit to assist.

Originally published on INScope
Feb 27, 2014
By: Kevin Fryling

Three students from the IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute recently got the chance to meet with retired Sen. Richard Lugar and current Sen. Joe Donnelly in Washington, D.C., during the largest rural advocacy event in the country.

Teela Crecelius, a fourth-year medical student; Mary Mattern, a second-year medical student; and Lindsey Junk, a first-year medical student, met with Lugar and Donnelly as part of a trip Feb. 3 to 6 to the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute Conference. Crecelius, Mattern and Junk are the representatives for their respective classes in the IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute Rural Medical Education Program.

Hicham and ChristensenThe Lugar Center's Director of Grants & Research, Hicham Rahmouni, was honored as a recipient of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Rural Health Fellows Award on February 3rd in Washington D.C.. The yearlong program culminated for Rahmouni at the NRHA Annual Public Policy Conference with a final project presentation entitled "Regional Variations in Health Insurance Coverage: Before and After the Great Recession". The national program, in its seventh year, develops leaders who can effectively articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. Pictured: NRHA President, Ray Christensen presenting Hicham Rahmouni with Rural Health Fellows award.

 

 

On December 5th, Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health hosted longtime former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who visited the center and participated in a roundtable discussion. Senator Lugar, for whom the center is named, was in Terre Haute to accept the Chapman Root Award given each year by Hospice of the Wabash Valley. As a part of the roundtable, medical students and representatives from Indiana University School of Medicine shared their experiences with the Senator. Leadership from Union Hospital and Union Health Systems also participated. During his 36 year tenure as Senator, Lugar served as a passionate advocate for rural health, and he continues to be a strong supporter of the Lugar Center for Rural Health.

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November 20, 2013
"President Obama Honors 2013 Medal of Freedom Recipients"
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/20/president-obama-honors-2013-medal-freedom-recipients

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy, is our nation's highest civilian honor. The medal has been presented to more than 500 individuals who have made especially "meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Today, in a ceremony at the White House, President Obama added 16 names to that distinguished list.

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) - One Wabash Valley hospital wants to improve the health of rural communities.

Union Hospital partnered with some local counties to provide grants for Automated External Defibrillators.

AED's are small devices that deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart. It corrects irregular heart rhythm in a person having a heart attack.

The devices will be placed throughout the Vermillion and Parke Counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois.

Officials hope they'll be able to help rural communities respond to heart related emergencies.

Click here to listen to the Lugar Center's Dr. Joe Biggs and Angela Powell discuss the Rural Access to External Devices (RAED) grant awarded through the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (Grant# H3DRH26506).

 

Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health (Lugar Center) has partnered with Vermillion and Parke Counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois to better equip these rural communities to respond to life threatening heart attack events. The Lugar Center, with its mission of "advancing rural health through education, innovation, and collaboration," was recently awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to purchase several Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed throughout these three counties.

The Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health has established the Research Review and Compliance (RRC) department at Union Hospital that will be responsible for all research activities at the institution. Through RRC, the Lugar Center will provide mechanisms of oversight for conducting research involving human patients including managing the operations of a federally registered Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research consists of the creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications particularly in the arenas of healthcare and rural health.

The Lugar Center's Hicham Rahmouni was elected President-Elect at the 2013 Indiana Rural Health Association Conference. Rahmouni has served on the IRHA board for four years. His term as President will begin in June 2014.

In June the Lugar Center welcomed the 2013 class of Summer Hoosier Rural Preceptorship (SHRP) students. The SHRP is a unique summer experience for US-trained medical students who are between their first and second terms. The purpose of the eight week program is to introduce medical students to rural medicine in underserved areas of Indiana and Illinois. While in the program, students shadow rural physicians, gain clinical experiences, and participate in educational sessions. The West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) provides financial support to the program as a part of its mission to recruit, educate, and retain healthcare professionals in underserved communities. This year's students are (pictured L to R) Brittany Sherron, Kelly Kahle, Melissa Kinne, Leigh Nieto, Katherine Crichfield, Anthony Witt, Mary Mattern, and George Fritch.

The 8th Annual Mayberry Classic 5k and 1 Mile Fun run will take place July 6, 2013 in Clay City, Indiana.

Registration - 6:30 a.m.

Start Time - 7:30 a.m.

Cost - 
5K (includes shirt)
Adults $20 (Pre-registration)
Children (6-15) $15 (Pre-registration)

1 Mile Fun Run (includes shirt)
Adults $20 (Pre-registration)
Children (6-15) $15 (Pre-registration)

For registration form click here.

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Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick 
April 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Her Majesty The Queen of England has bestowed upon retired U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).

The presentation will be made to Lugar at the British Embassy in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 16. Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States will preside. Only royal subjects carry the title of "sir." Still Lugar joins a very select set of Americans to be knighted including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; as well as Bill Gates, Rev. Billy Graham, Alan Greenspan, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger.

Union Hospital's Clay City Center for Family Medicine is hosting a Community Resource Fair on Thursday, April 11th in the Clay City Elementary School Gymnasium. Community members can visit multiple booths featuring a variety of local organizations. Click on the flyer below for more information:

Resource Fair Flyer

 

 

By: Dustin Grove

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Leslie Wells is in search of a new family doctor. Finding one isn't the problem. The challenge, she says, is getting in to see them.

"The earliest I was able to be seen was I think 30 days," she said. "The longest was September."

A newly-released Congressional study finds we're all having to wait longer just to get into the waiting room. Last year, it took about 45 days for new patients to be seen – up from 29 days in 2010.