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Jim Turner, DO
Medical Director

Dr. Jim Turner serves as the Medical Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Before medical school, Dr. Turner was the first paramedic for the City of Decatur, Illinois and was elected to the City Council, resigning to attend medical school. Since 1989, Dr. Turner has practiced rural family medicine in his hometown of Marshall, Illinois (pop. 3500). He served on the Union Hospital Board of Directors, the Marshall Schools Foundation Board, and as Deputy Commissioner of Health for Vigo County. He currently holds teaching faculty appointments for the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Since 1997, Dr. Turner has been the volunteer Co-Medical Director of St. Ann Clinic, a free medical clinic and ministry of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary's of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana. Caring for the uninsured of the Wabash Valley with a volunteer staff of over 200, the Clinic has seen over 75,000 patients since its founding. The Clinic is a primary teaching center for multiple disciplines studying medicine, pharmacy, nursing and physical therapy. In 2011, Dr. Turner was appointed as the Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services for Union Hospital, focusing on pre hospital care. He has been the recipient of the Union Hospital Weinbaum Award for Excellence in Education and the Distinguished Hoosier Award by Governor Daniels for his volunteer commitment to St. Ann Clinic. Dr. Turner is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Certified in Addiction Medicine.

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Hicham Rahmouni, MBA
Director, Grants & Research

Hicham Rahmouni serves as the Director of Grants & Research at the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital. He is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation to advance rural health and to overcome the challenges faced by health providers in rural areas. Hicham is involved in both grant acquisition and management at the Lugar Center and has been integral in the development of the state-of-the-art RHIC Simulation Center as well as the Center's first live telemedicine project. He has provided input on policy during multiple visits with state and federal elected officials to advocate for rural health and graduate medical education issues. He is currently the Indiana Rural Health Association Board President and a former Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a Master in Business Administration degree. Hicham grew up in Casablanca, Morocco, where he has been exposed to rural health issues and challenges in Africa. He is also fluent in several languages.

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Stephanie Laws, MSN, RN
Telehealth & Innovative Technologies Manager

Stephanie Laws is the Manager of the Telehealth & Innovative Technologies Department of the Lugar Center. She has been involved in rural health issues for 10 years including the clinical provision of health services as well as the overall coordination of telemedicine services to the west central Indiana region. Stephanie is actively involved in telemedicine activities for the Lugar Center as well as activities with statewide and national partners.

Stephanie has worked for Union Hospital Health Group since 1998 and has served in various roles at Union including the management of the emergency, medical-surgical, ambulatory surgery, and intensive care departments at Union Hospital Clinton. Through her involvement in the telemedicine community, she has worked extensively with colleagues to advance the use of telemedicine in rural communities to fill service gaps and improve the overall quality of health care services through technology. Stephanie is the current director of the Wabash Valley Rural Telehealth Network, a member of the American Telemedicine Association, National Rural Health Association, Indiana Rural Health Association, Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Indiana FCC Telehealth Advisory Committee, Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Working Committee, and served as a past president for the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center.  

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Diane Hanson, MA
Project Associate – Operations

Diane serves through the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health as a Project Associate. She believes that the very best hope we have for advancing rural health is drawing upon expertise across disciplines, applying technologies in new ways, and creating cooperative initiatives across artificial boundaries.

Diane is by nature an analyst, an educator, and a facilitator. She examines Government policies seeking opportunities for better healthcare delivery. It’s also important to her to provide policy-makers with feedback about the impact healthcare policies ultimately have on the wellness of people in rural communities. Diane’s professional purpose has been shaped by her Bachelor of Science studies in Policy Analysis from Cornell University. Diane further enhanced her skills by earning her Master of Arts degree at Webster University in Health Services Management. Diane brings seven years of health care experience from her tenure in Corporate Compliance for Union Health.

Diane has lived her entire adult life in rural communities and has called Terre Haute home since 2002. Her favorite hobby is creating meaningful family times. Outside of work she mentors teens as they invent themselves and navigate life. Diane also partners with her husband to lead personal finance courses in the community.

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Daniel Hardesty, MPA

Dan grew up in Southern Parke County in Indiana and graduated from Riverton Parke High School in 2010. Starting that fall he attended Indiana State University and graduated in 2014 earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Studies Education degree with a minor in Economics. After being accepted into the Indiana State University’s Master’s of Public Administration program in 2015 he was awarded a graduate assistantship and worked with faculty on their various research projects.

In 2016 Dan completed an internship and then a fellowship with the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA). At his time with IRHA he helped open Indiana’s first School-Based Telehealth Clinics which aim to provide primary care services to children by enabling them to meet with health providers digitally on school grounds. In May of 2017 he earned his M.P.A. from Indiana State University. Dan currently lives with his family in Clinton, Indiana and enjoys sports and walks with his wife, Nichole.