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Manager of Priority Care Named

St. Mary’s Health System is pleased to announce Julie Newton has accepted the position of Priority Care Manager. In this role, she will manage a practice of more than 20 physicians.

Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Newton was a Client Relationship Manager at Meritain Health. She has also served as an Account Executive at Amedisys Home Health and a Territory Manager at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

An Evansville native, Newton earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Southern Indiana.
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Auxiliary Hosts Luncheon and Style Show

St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary will present a Spring Luncheon and Style Show on Thursday, April 26th starting at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Manor. Proceeds will benefit annual scholarships for children of employees and nursing students, totaling $23,000.

Clothing modeled at the event will be provided by Christopher & Banks and Stein Mart. There will be door prizes, a seasonal gift basket raffle, and an auction of items donated by local businesses. The event is held every two years, and in 2010 raised a record amount of nearly $10,000.

Tickets are $30 and may be obtained from any St. Mary’s Auxiliary member or from the Volunteer Services office. For more information, call 812-485-4260.
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Dr. Victor Chavez Selected St. Mary's Physician of the Year

St. Mary's extends congratulations to Dr. Victor Chavez who was named St. Mary's 2012 Physician of the Year.

Dr. Chavez has tirelessly devoted many years of his life to the medical needs of his patients. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care. A pulmonologist with St. Mary's Pulmonary Care since 2005, Dr. Chavez has what it takes to be St. Mary's Physician of the Year: Expertise....Commitment...Compassion.

Thank you, Dr. Chavez, for bringing your gift of healing to the Tri-State!
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Stand Against Racism

St. Mary’s will host a “Stand Against Racism” on Friday, April 27 with a prayer service in the Chapel from 12:15 pm to approximately 12:40 pm. In addition, we will begin the day with a Daily Reflection addressing this serious issue.

This event comes as a result of the Stand Against Racism movement which was initiated by the YWCA in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated. The objective is to bring organizations together who believe that united we can eliminate racism.

In recognition of the seriousness of racism, on Friday, April 27, 2012, St. Mary’s will join with the YWCA of Evansville and other organizations, corporations, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and government agencies in the Tri-State region to make our voices heard in the ongoing plight to Stand Against Racism.

Please consider joining us for this special event
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April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day!

This announcement comes from the NHDD planners. "NHDD exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning."


Join St. Mary’s Medical Center Pastoral Care Department and Americans across the country in making your personal future healthcare decisions known to your family, friends, and healthcare providers. Share your wishes and complete your advance directive, because YOUR DECISIONS MATTER. For more information and resources, contact: SMMC Pastoral Care at 812.485.4150 or email mary.harris@stmarys.org. Learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day and get free information at www.nhdd.org.
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Mobile Digital Mammography Traveling to West Side

For the convenience of our patients who live on Evansville’s west side, St. Mary’s Breast Center is offering mobile digital mammography on Monday, April 16th from 9am – 2pm at St. Mary’s West Side Connection, located at 2345 W. Franklin Street, in the St. Mary’s Medical Equipment Office.

Participants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

You must be 35 years of age or older.
It must have been at least one year and one day since your last mammogram.
Women with private insurance should bring their insurance card for billing purposes.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available. To schedule your screening, call 812- 402-6001.
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St. Mary's Offers Free Balance Screenings

Among the older population, falls are the leading cause of trauma admissions and injuries. A decreased sense of balance is a common risk factor for falling. To help prevent these types of injuries, free balance screenings will be offered Thursday, April 12th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Community Education Room of Washington Square Mall (located inside the back entrance of the mall under the St. Mary’s awning).

The event is presented by St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Institute, Trauma Services, PrimeWise, and St. Mary’s Medical Equipment, in partnership with Silver Sneakers, the University of Evansville Physical Therapy Department, and the YMCA.

St. Mary’s Pharmacists will also be there to help determine if medications are contributing to any loss of balance, so be sure to bring your medication list. Call 812-485-5209 to schedule an appointment.
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Breast Center Receives Recognition

St. Mary’s Breast Center has been recognized as a Certified Participant of the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC). This distinguished honor represents a commitment by our breast center to provide the highest level of care to patients in the community.


To achieve this designation, a center’s staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology. St. Mary’s Breast Center has been a leader in breast health care, offering same day results, two full-time board-certified radiologists, and automated breast ultrasound screening – the latest technology for women with dense breasts.


The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board’s Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers reflect more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators.
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St. Mary's Warrick Renovates Day Treatment Center

St. Mary’s Warrick has opened its newly-renovated Day Treatment Center, located on the second floor of the hospital. A blessing for the new facility will be held Friday, April 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Day Treatment Center gives patients a convenient option to receive outpatient procedures close to home, rather than having to stay at the hospital. Renovations provide three private rooms and an injection area in a comfortable environment complete with new reclining chairs and flat screen televisions.

Outpatient services offered include infusions, injections, IV hydration, IV antibiotic therapy, blood transfusions, iron infusions, reclast infusions, and a Certified Tysabri infusion site for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis.

The Day Treatment Center is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., other hours available with pre-arrangement.
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Free Autism Resource Fairs

April is Autism Awareness Month. In keeping with that theme, members of the Local Community Cadre in Autism, Southwest Indiana Chapter will host free Autism Resource Fairs for parents, caregivers, medical providers, school personnel, peers, individuals on the autism spectrum, and anyone else who would like to learn more about the disorder and the resources available locally.

Booths will be set up from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Monday, April 23
Integrative Music Therapy
621 S. Cullen Ave., Suite 118
Evansville, IN 47715
(812) 491-9400

Tuesday, April 24
Deaconess Riley Children’s Services
4133 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 210
Newburgh, IN 47630
(812) 858-3131

Wednesday, April 25
St. Mary’s Center for Children
3700 Washington Ave.
Evansville, IN 47750
(812) 485-7425

Thursday, April 26
Behavior Networks
5062 S. Plaza Drive
Newburgh, IN 47630
(812) 490-2826

Friday, April 27
Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center
3701 Bellemeade Ave.
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 479-1411

Monday, April 30
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Culver Family Learning Center
1301 Judson Street
Evansville, IN 47713
(812) 435-8487

For more information, visit http://www.HANDSinAutism.org/AwarenessFair.html
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Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visits to emergency departments for sports-related concussions and other brain injuries among children and adolescents have gone up 60 percent in the last decade. Because the brains of children and adolescents have not fully developed, they run a higher risk of Second Impact Syndrome (SIS), which is known to cause severe brain damage and even death. To help raise awareness of these and other issues, St. Mary’s, Tri-State Orthopaedics, and ProRehab will hold two Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinics.

These free events are open to coaches, parents, and other youth athletic leaders from across the Tri-State. The first clinic will be held in the St. Mary’s Amphitheatre (located on the lower level of the hospital) on April 21st from 10:00am – noon, kicking off “National Safe Kids Week.” A second clinic will be held at Tri-State Orthopaedics on May 17th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Physicians and Athletic Trainers from the St. Mary’s Concussion Alliance, which includes Tri-State Orthopaedics and ProRehab, will give a presentation on the signs of a concussion, when it is safe for young athletes to return to play, and information on free baseline testing for children as young as 10 years old. They will also discuss hydration, sports safety gear, and emergency response. For more information or to register, please call 812-485-6817.

The Vanderburgh/Warrick Safe Kids Coalition was awarded a grant to host these clinics by Safe Kids USA, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Grants were awarded to those coalitions that were best able to utilize the funding to raise awareness and educate coaches, parents, and youth athletes about sports injury prevention in their community.
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Hacienda Give Back for The Red Cross on April 16th at Evansville First Ave location. 
Jacobsville, Evansville, Indiana
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With a medical staff of over 750 physicians, St. Mary's specializes in cardiac, surgical, orthopedic, rehabilitation, neurosciences, women's, children's, seniors, emergency and trauma services.  St. Mary's is a Magnet® designated facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). St. Mary's is a member of Ascension Health - the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system.