Business briefs

Several businesses become Franklin Chamber members

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce board of directors and staff welcomed new businesses to its membership in early January.

New members are Heather Harris Photography in Franklin; Key Bank, Franklin and Whiteland branches; Liberty Mutual in Greenwood; Radwell International Inc. in Franklin; and SERVPRO of Indianapolis South and Johnson County.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organizations dedicated to the promotion of the business community.

For more information about becoming a chamber member, or for a calendar of events, visit or call 736-6334.

Cardiac care program added at Marsh pharmacies

Marsh Supermarkets recently announced a cardiac care program in the company’s store pharmacies.

The program provides patients with free prescriptions of common medications used to treat many heart conditions as well as access to nutrition resources.

Patients can receive a 30-day supply of furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide tablets free with a prescription from their physician.

The program is an extension of Marsh’s diabetes care program in which patients can receive one of seven free diabetes medications at the pharmacy. Since the Diabetes Care Program launched in November 2011, Marsh Pharmacy has given away more than 62,000 free diabetes prescriptions and saved Hoosiers over $1 million in prescription costs, according to a statement.

The Marsh Cardiac Care Program also includes nutrition and wellness resources, including online access to a registered dietitian at and helpful tips and guidance for leading a healthy lifestyle at

For more information about the Marsh Cardiac Care Program, stop by a Marsh pharmacy or visit

Local hospital earns award for obstetrics care

Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.

This recognition comes in the wake of the recent opening of a new neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics wing, which are part of an ongoing $37 million construction project at the Indianapolis hospital’s Women & Children’s Center. The new unit is the only Level III NICU in south-central Indiana.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics scoring process focuses on female patient satisfaction. The designation is based on scores for patient recommendation, as provided by data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Pharmacist named director of St. Francis division

Ronda D. Freije has been appointed director of pharmacy services for Franciscan St. Francis Health.

She most recently served as pharmacy operations manager, where she oversaw the daily operations at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus. In that role, she supervised a staff of more than 100 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and medication reconciliation technicians.

Freije has served on a variety of clinical and operational committees since joining Franciscan St. Francis staff in 1992.

She received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Butler University and later earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Indianapolis. She also completed the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Leadership Academy and the American Hospital Association Improvement Leader Fellowship.

Morgantown church remodeled as wedding venue

Morgantown will soon be home to a new wedding venue.

Patricia Planker is the proprietor of the Chapel at Morgantown, in a building that once housed the First Christian Church of Morgantown beginning in the 1870s.

Planker and her husband, Dan, are completing renovations to the church building at 140 E. Washington St. Planker is a registered nurse who decided to open the business after planning three weddings recently, including those of her two daughters. She decided to purchase the building after attending a wedding in a similar setting in another city.

The business is giving her the chance to combine her love of interior design and organizational skills, she said.

The building includes two sections that were added in the 1940s to 1950s and one that was added in the ’70s. To fix up the building, the Plankers have redone the hardwood floors and ebony pews and created a warming kitchen for receptions. The interior has been repainted, and a new roof was put on. The renovations will leave the original stained glass windows intact. The building’s changes also include creating a banquet area, a bridal parlor and an area for men in the bridal party.

The Plankers are giving tours and have booked two weddings already. An open house is planned for the spring.

To learn more, call 812-597-0045 or visit “The Chapel at Morgantown” Facebook page.