Health briefs – September 20

Local hospital offering grief support

Teens and children who need help through grieving can attend a workshop.

Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice offers Caterpillar Kids, a support program that offers learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12. The Teen Grief Support Group is offered to teens 13 to 18 years old.

Both free programs are 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 South, Indianapolis.

Parents also are invited to participate in a concurrent session to assist them in supporting their children.

Heart healthy classes offered this month

People wanting to learn how to keep their heart healthy can attend multiple classes this month.

Franciscan Health Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in September.

To register for any of the classes, call 317-782-4422 or go online at A full class listing is also available.

Local hospital honored

Johnson Memorial Hospital has been honored for protecting newborn babies from hepatitis B.

The hospital’s Maternity Care Center has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition and the Indiana State Department of Health for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

The honor recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Johnson Memorial immunized 100 percent of babies born at the hospital in 2015 and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.