St. Francis earns honor for stroke treatments

Franciscan St. Francis Health has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

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The program helps hospitals to provide the newest research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

These measures include use of medications and risk-reduction therapies for reducing death and disability and improving the lives of patients. The program also helps the hospital staff implement prevention measures, which include educating patients to manage their risk factors and be aware of warning signs for stroke and ensuring they take their medications.

Robotics team earns $1,000 in online contest

Center Grove High School’s Red Alert Robotics Team was among more than 90 teams in 13 states that entered MedExpress Urgent Care’s Excellent Sportsmanship Facebook Contest. As a winner, the team recently received a check for $1,000.

The contest encouraged teams of all ages and types to submit a picture and description of how they exhibited excellent sportsmanship for a chance to receive a donation toward their season. Nationally, the contest resulted in more than 25,000 Facebook “likes” for the participating teams.

The team’s submission earned them third place with more than 2,200 Facebook “likes” over two weeks in support of their volunteer work in promoting science, technology, engineering, art and math, mentoring younger teams and their receipt of the Gracious Professionalism award.

5 Ivy Tech students selected for honor group

Five Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus students from Johnson County recently were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year college students. Inducted were Michael Ellis of Bargersville; Shannon Carman of Edinburgh; and Amber Collins, Oliver Miller and Julia Moore of Greenwood.

To be considered for membership, a student must be full time, have a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale, have established a record of academic excellence as judged by the faculty, be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

Greenwood resident named to institute board

The board of directors for the Indiana Youth Institute has announced the election of five new board members, including statewide community outreach manager and community leader Stephanie Berry.

Berry is the community outreach manager for Indiana University Health System based in Indianapolis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Indiana State University and a master’s in management science from Indiana Wesleyan University. Before joining IU Health, she worked for AT&T and Eli Lilly.

Berry grew up outside Columbus and lives in Greenwood with her husband and two children.

2 doctors join Community physician group

Community Physician Network recently hired new health care providers.

Local doctors include:

Dr. Hari Kumar is a vascular surgeon who has interest in both open and minimally-invasive treatment of diseases of the aorta, carotid and extremity arteries. He graduated from the University of Michigan with honors. He received his medical degree at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his general surgery residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Navneet Lather is a cardiologist primarily focusing on the treatment of patients with heart failure. He attended Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, and West Virginia School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. He later completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia University Harlem Hospital Center in New York.

He was chief internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is board-certified in internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He completed a heart failure and cardiac transplant fellowship as well as a cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Both doctors have offices at 1402 E. County Line Road, Suite 2400, Indianapolis.

Trafalgar shop to offer gift items, pottery studio

A new craft shop, The Nook Gallery, has opened in Trafalgar.

Merchandise includes local and regional handmade art such as pottery, soaps, jewelry, paintings and rugs.

The shop also offers custom engraving for various wood products, personalized gift products such as photo transfers to aluminum and slate, personalized phone cases, personalized family puzzles and more.

Another part of the business is a working pottery studio. Proprietor Amanda Waddle teaches individual pottery wheel lessons. In addition, customers can paint their own pieces of already-made pottery.

Weddle and her husband, Rob, have lived in Trafalgar for 15 years, where they raised three children.

The shop is at 102 W. Pearl St., Trafalgar. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

To learn more, call 878-9789 or visit or

Ball State grad named marketing officer

Financial Center has named Dusty Simmons marketing campaign officer. She has worked with the credit union in contractor and part-time capacities for more than eight years.

In her new role, Simmons develops marketing campaigns for retail, investments and insurance services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University.

A resident of Greenwood, Simmons volunteers with the Center Grove Lassie League and Mount Pleasant Christian Church.