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Research Shows Indianapolis Program Making Football Safer – St.Vincent Sports Performance


Dr. Patrick Kersey, sports medicine physician with St.Vincent Sports Performance and medical director for USA Football, shared research findings that the Heads Up Program is helping to make football safer for young athletes from nearly 800 schools across the country. The program includes coaching certification, equipment fitting, concussion, heat and dehydration awareness, and teaches proper tackling fundamentals.

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Ask the Health Expert: Julie Schnieders – St.Vincent Carmel


A new study found that women who took hormone replacement therapy for more than five years had a slightly increased risk of ovarian cancer. Julie Schnieders, NP, executive director of the St.Vincent Carmel Women's Center, spoke with Anne Marie Tiernon, live on WTHR-13, about these recent findings, and emphasized the importance of women discussing the benefits versus the risks of hormone replacement therapy with a physician when considering it as a treatment option.

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Doctors Warn Of Cold Dangers To Keep You Out Of The ER – St.Vincent Fishers

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Hoosiers experienced several days of frigid temperatures and wind chill advisories. Individuals exposed to extremely cold temperatures for long periods of time – like those working outside or homeless populations – are more susceptible to frostbite and other cold weather injuries. Dr. Joseph Krug, emergency medicine physician at St.Vincent Fishers provided insight to some of the cold weather injuries he has seen so far this winter and what kinds of cases he expects to see on these bitter cold days.

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Doctors Recommend Vaccines Before Spring Break – Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent

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While spring break is still a few weeks away, now is the time for those planning to travel abroad to ensure they are up-to-date on all appropriate vaccinations. Dr. Christopher Belcher, medical director of Infectious Diseases at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, shared where Hoosiers can go to find out if they need additional travel vaccinations and emphasized the importance of consulting with a physician at least two weeks before leaving the country.

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Carmel’s New Portable Ultrasound Machines Will Help Save Lives, Money – St.Vincent


Paramedics and EMTs in Carmel, Ind. will become the first in Indiana to use ultrasound machines to help save lives and money. Dr. Michael Kaufmann, medical director of Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) at St.Vincent and EMS affiliates – including the Carmel Fire Department – was interviewed about the benefits of having ultrasound available for diagnosis and stabilization during emergency transports.

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How Simple Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent Heart Disease – St.Vincent Heart Center, St.Vincent Medical Group


The number of heart disease deaths in the U.S. is on the decline overall, but the rate of deaths among American women age 35-44 with heart disease has remained. That's according to a new study on heart disease in women that followed nearly 70,000 female nurses over a twenty-year period. However, researchers were able to identify six healthy-lifestyle practices that could prevent three-quarters of all heart attacks in this particular age group. Dr. Jennifer Cowger, cardiologist with St.Vincent Medical Group at St.Vincent Heart Center, provided insight in regard to these trends and the lifestyle changes that could help to prevent heart disease deaths among this at-risk demographic of women.

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No Open Heart Surgery? No Problem. – St.Vincent Heart Center

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St.Vincent Heart Center is the first hospital in Indiana to offer a new lifesaving option for patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery – the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter aortic heart valve. The FDA approved device allows the diseased aortic valve to be replaced through a catheter-based delivery system rather than open heart surgery. Dr. James Hermiller, interventional cardiologist at St.Vincent Heart Center, shared the benefits for patients, including reduced blood loss, a quicker recovery time, earlier discharge from the hospital and less pain and discomfort compared to the traditional open heart surgery.

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Sports Psychologist Says There’s More To Psychological Testing at NFL Combine – St.Vincent Sports Performance

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The NFL Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium and teams are using many ways to determine who they want to draft. Dr. Chris Carr, sports psychologist with St.Vincent Sports Performance, spoke to the psychological testing athletes must go through in addition to the physical testing.

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Local Stars Shine Without Combine Invite – St.Vincent Sports Performance


Marian University running back Tevin Lake and Indiana University long snapper Matt Dooley are among a handful of collegiate athletes training at St.Vincent Sports Performance for a chance to earn a spot on an NFL roster. Brandon Johnson, strength and conditioning coach at St.Vincent Sports Performance, was interviewed about the training program.

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Colts Matt Overton: ‘I Saw A Miracle Unfold Before Me’ – Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent

The Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton has a soft spot in his heart for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer. He has made many visits to support children while going through treatment at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent and Riley Hospital for Children. Matt recently tweeted a photo with a Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent cancer survivor, Maddy Helping. The two have remained friends even now that she is no longer going through cancer treatment.

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Warming Center Info For Central Indiana – St.Vincent Anderson Regional, St.Vincent Mercy


The Madison County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency, in coordination with the United Way of Madison County and COAD, has worked to establish official warming centers for extremely cold days, to offer temporary relief for those in need. St.Vincent Anderson Regional and St.Vincent Mercy Emergency Departments opened their doors as official Madison County warming centers.

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I’m Just Saying: Woodstock High School & Illinois State Grad Michael Liedtke – St.Vincent Sports Performance

Northwest Herald

Michael Liedtke, a Woodstock High School graduate and former offensive lineman at Illinois State, is hoping to land a spot on an NFL roster. To prepare for the April draft, Liedtke is training at St.Vincent Sports Performance.

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Draft Diary: CMU’s Walton Confident Heading Into Combine – St.Vincent Sports Performance

Detroit Free Press

Central Michigan’s defensive tackle LT Walton will participate in the NFL combine this week. He has been training at St.Vincent Sports Performance.

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Northridge High School Coach Battling to Build A Life After Congestive Heart Failure – St.Vincent Heart Center

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Northridge High School football coach Bryan Fisher visited the emergency room at Elkhart General Hospital in January after experiencing strained breathing. It was there that the 42-year-old was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Fisher went through open heart surgery and received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) at St.Vincent Heart Center.

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Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award – St.Vincent Indianapolis

Indianapolis Monthly

Deborah Wood, founder, owner and CEO of DWA Healthcare Communications Group is the 2014 winner of the 11th Annual Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award. Wood is also president of the Board of Directors at St.Vincent Indianapolis.

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Cancer Is Chance To Affirm Smith’s Faith – St.Vincent Cancer Care

The Indianapolis Star

Former Butler University Basketball player Andrew Smith was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He received chemotherapy at St.Vincent Cancer Care. Andrew and his wife, Samantha, shared their personal health journey through cancer and cardiac arrest, and their hope and inspiration through it all.

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Unusual Valentine’s Day Gift Credited For Saving Man’s Life – St.Vincent Heart Center


Buying flowers or candy on Valentine’s Day are often go-to gifts, but what about a HeartScan? For Dean Illingworth of Indianapolis, this Valentine’s Day might not have happened were it not for a gift he and his wife gave each other two years ago – a HeartScan. After his HeartScan revealed significant blockages, Illingworth underwent triple bypass surgery at St.Vincent Heart Center.

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St.Joseph Kokomo and Community Howard Regional Health Lift Visitor Restrictions Effective February 13

Kokomo Herald

St.Joseph Kokomo lifted its visitor restrictions effective 8 a.m. on Friday, February 13 due to a decline in the number of flu cases. Standard hospital visitation policies have resumed.

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Leadership Kokomo Announces Class of 2015 – St. Joseph Kokomo

Kokomo Herald

Nineteen members of the Kokomo community have been named to Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2015, including Christopher Hummel, team lead of Polysomnography at St.Joseph Kokomo. Leadership Kokomo aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations.

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