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Deaconess Gateway Hospital earned designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Carrie Morton, Pharmacy, was honored in this year's "20 Under 40" publication.
Deaconess Breast Services received full accreditation from NAPBC.

The Women's Hospital earned a 5-star rating from CMS.
Clinical Computer Systems, Inc. featured The Women's Hospital and our OB/GYN - ED in an industry article. 
The State of Illinois Department of Public Health has designated Deaconess Hospital as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Deaconess Hospital has been designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center since 2003.

A Level II Trauma Center must meet strict state guidelines regarding the care of critically injured pediatric patients. To achieve this designation, Deaconess demonstrated its high trauma care standards. The designation acknowledges that the entire hospital and its medical staff have been engaged in establishing a process for improving patient care and responding to the needs of the Tri-State area. This process includes a well-coordinated trauma team, continuous quality improvement efforts, a medical review process, a trauma registry, and medical staff and administrative staff support.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Illinois endorsement as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center,” said W. Matthew Vassy, M.D., FACS, and Trauma Medical Director.“ With this designation from the State of Illinois, the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff involved in trauma care have been recognized with top honors.” 
Integrating Fitbit and the EHR
Deaconess and Methodist plan to develop an outpatient center in Henderson.
Christina Ryan - Elmhurst College alumna and CEO of The Women’s Hospital - delivered the commencement address at the school’s 144th graduation ceremony.
The park is open and we're ready to play ball.
The Women's Hospital was named the second best place in the nation for Millennials to work.
Junior League of Evansville Awards Linda White with Helen Klamer Philp Award.
Alex Albin turned a school project into a fundraiser for Deaconess Riley. 
The Heart Hospital was one of six VHA member hospitals to receive an Excellence Award for Clinical Effectiveness from VHA Inc. 
The Wallace M. Adye Building has a new location.
Deaconess and Good Samaritan Hospital partner on population health initiative.
The Heart Hospital, The Women's Hospital, and Deaconess received high marks from CMS.
Deaconess Hospital took first place and The Heart Hospital won second.
The Women's Hospital received the VHA Central Region PEAK Award on April 9th.
Deaconess is partnering with the Health Department and others to increase immunization rates.
Deaconess physicians and administrators signed a pledge to increase colon cancer screenings to 80% by 2018, as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  
Linda White was one of 12 individuals inducted into the EVSC Class of 2014 Hall of Fame.
Nineteen of our primary care practice sites have been awarded 2014 Level 2 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Program.
HeartSaver, a program from The Heart Hospital, was given the Outstanding Innovation Award at the 20th annual Celebration of Leadership.  
The Homeless Medical Respite Program, a collaborative project between Deaconess and United Caring Services, received the Project Division Award at the 20th annual Celebration of Leadership.
Deaconess secures naming rights for the new sports park on North Green River Road.
Heather Marin, MS, LCGC, has joined The Women’s Hospital as an oncology genetic counselor. In this role, Marin reviews a person’s medical and family histories, explains the basics of cancer genetics and provides information about potential cancer risk. Marin is also knowledgeable about the status of testing for genes associated with hereditary cancers and whether genetic testing is an appropriate option for a family to consider.

Marin received her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology in 2001 from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She completed her Master of Science degree in medical and molecular genetics in 2003 from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. Marin is board certified in genetic counseling and licensed by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana.

Prior to joining The Women’s Hospital, Marin practiced at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital at the Center for Prenatal Diagnosis in Indianapolis.

The Deaconess Health System is proud to provide our community with another way to find cancer, or the likelihood of cancer, at early and more treatable stages.

Health care provider referrals are required for patients and can be obtained by calling 812-842-2210.  

Deaconess Center for Life Balance is now open at 445 Cross Pointe Boulevard in Suites 230 and 240 in Evansville. The Center for Life Balance provides a variety of holistic health opportunities to assist individuals in aligning body, mind, spirit and emotion. The classes and groups may serve as an addition to more traditional kinds of therapy or in some cases may help to prevent more serious conditions from developing.
Click here for the monthly calendar of classes.  
With this latest addition, Deaconess Breast Services now offers leading-edge diagnostic and treatment services, including 3D digital mammography at three locations. Our team of physicians, specially trained technologists, and nurses provide treatment of breast cancer and other diseases. 
“Our goal at The Breast Center at The Women’s Hospital is to provide an excellent patient experience in a relaxing atmosphere with our highly-skilled team,” said Allison Ingler, RN and Director of Outpatient Operations. “In our state-of-the-art facility, patients can expect the highest quality of care with our expert team of staff and physicians that will guide them through the spectrum of breast health needs ranging from annual screening exams to the unexpected diagnosis.”
The Breast Center at The Women’s Hospital is located at 4199 Gateway Boulevard in Suite 3200. To schedule your mammogram today, call 812-450-MAMM (6266).
Deaconess Gateway Hospital used STANLEY Healthcare's Real Time Location System (RTLS) technology to save time and money in the management of critical equipment, including IV pumps and telemetry packs.

The Heart Hospital was awarded full accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 
Midwest Radiologic Imaging at Deaconess Gateway has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The American Heart Association recognized Deaconess, The Heart Hospital, and The Women’s Hospital as “Fit-Friendly Companies” during a presentation this morning. 
The Heart Group office currently located at 415 W. Columbia Street, just behind the Deaconess Hospital Emergency Room, will relocate to 520 Mary Street, inside the Deaconess Physician Center, Suite 230. 
Congratulations to Christina Ryan, CEO of Deaconess Women's Hospital, on being recognized as 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.
On Monday, December 15th, hospital executives held a ribbon-cutting to officially open the new Telemetry Step-Down Unit located on the 6th floor of Deaconess Gateway Hospital. 
Deaconess has helped establish and fund a Homeless Medical Respite Program at the United Caring Shelter in downtown Evansville. The one-year pilot program will provide a safe place for homeless men to rest and recover following an inpatient stay at Deaconess Hospital or Deaconess Gateway Hospital. 
The HeartSaver program wants to reduce sudden death by placing AEDs in the community.
Katie DeFries, a neonatal intensive care nurse at The Women's Hospital, was named the 2014 recipient of the USI Distinguished Nursing Alumna Award.
Beginning Saturday, November 1st, the doors leading into the main lobby of Deaconess Hospital (the downtown hospital, not Deaconess Gateway) will be locked at 10 p.m.
Deaconess has added two screening questions to the registration process. When you come see us, be ready to talk about your recent travels.
Dr. H. Simon Tran, The Heart Group, received approval as a surgeon and investigator in a national clinical trial about carotid artery stenosis.

Deaconess is pleased to announce its affiliation with Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, IL, and Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL. The affiliation agreement will work to enhance services and increase collaboration between the health care providers and the counties they serve.
In the July issue of Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine (H&HN), Deaconess was the only regional hospital recognized as one of 2014’s “Most Wired.”
The current issue of Evansville Living provides readers with a glimpse of Deaconess' new virtual resource center called "MyHealth." Located on the website, these web pages teach people about health and wellness topics using videos, blogs, and links to trusted sources of information.

To read about our new website feature, click here, or to see it in action, click on MyHealth at the top of the homepage.
Congratulations to Dr. Jared Kocher, Assistant Director of the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency (DFMR) Program, and Dr. Tom Selby, Resident Physician at DFMR, for having their article on sore throats and the use of antibiotics published in the July 1, 2014 issue of the American Family Physician Journal.
Deaconess has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
Deaconess ranked 8th in the state of Indiana and received an additional “Silver” status as a high ranking hospital for Southern Indiana. The specialties of Gynecology and Nephrology were recognized as high performing specialties.
The Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) presented Evansville-based Hafer Associates with the 2014 Outstanding Engineering Achievement award in recognition of the recent emergency power expansion project at Deaconess Hospital.

To appropriately serve patients, Deaconess must have reliable power and emergency power. In 2010, the hospital’s emergency power system was aging and had little redundancy and inadequate fuel storage. To help solve this complex and critical issue, Hafer Associates created an innovative engineering design that isolated and improved the emergency power system at Deaconess Hospital.
Deaconess was awarded full accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The March of Dimes has awarded a grant to Deaconess Family Medicine Residency to support “centering pregnancy” in Vanderburgh County. Centering Pregnancy is a multifaceted model of care that gathers 8 to 12 women of similar gestational age to meet together on a regular basis to learn care skills, develop a support network, and receive education on maternal and infant topics.
Each year during Nurses Week, Deaconess names its Nurse of the Year Winners. Deaconess nurses selected for this honor in 2014 include the following:

Mentorship - David N., RN, CMSRN
Leadership - Claire B., BSN, RN, CMSRN
Community Service - Olivia G., BSN, RN
Excellence In Clinical Practice - Susan M., BSN, RN, CCRN, TNS
Advancement Of The Profession - Mary Y., BSN, RN, CCRN
Florence Nightingale, Main Campus - Sara M., BSN, RN, CVN
Florence Nightingale, Gateway - Rebecca D., BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN
Florence Nightingale , Cross Pointe - Edna F., BSN, RN-BC

Lifetime Achievement Award - Diana E., BSN, RN, CN, BC
Deaconess Hospital was once again named one of the top 150 greatest places to work in healthcare according to the May issue of Becker’s Hospital Review. Each year, Becker’s Hospital Review and Becker’s ASC Review develop their top 150 list through nominations and editorial research. The resulting list is a compilation of healthcare organizations that go above and beyond for their employees and are great places to work.
Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score gave both Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital “A’s” – the top grade in patient safety.
Deaconess President and CEO Linda White gives the property deed to Steve Smith, Interim Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.

Three Deaconess employees were honored for their service to the community at last night's Celebration of Leadership event.
The Evansville Business Hall of Fame has a new member, President and CEO of Deaconess Linda White.
Deaconess and Deaconess Riley Children's Services are excited to announce the new Live Well Gallery at the Children's Museum of Evansville is now open. Stop by and check out our Well Clinic.
Dr. Welborn Honored | 3/7/2014
Dr. Mell Welborn, Jr., M.D., received the Dr. Gordon T. Herrmann Distinguished Service Award from the IU School of Medicine.
Becker's Hospital Review named Chris Ryan, CEO of The Women's Hospital, one of the "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know."
Up to 250 area diabetic and overweight Tri-State residents who have certain cardiac risk factors will have the opportunity to participate in two major long-term research studies.
The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway was recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiac procedures.
Sam Rogers, Manager of Leadership Development at Deaconess, discussed how Deaconess is training managers in "soft leadership skills" to help minimize employee turnover. "If staff are going to turnover they're typically turning over because of supervisors," he said.

The Women's Hospital demonstrated its commitment to patient safety by being the first hospital in Indiana to deploy the V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer. Sonya Mauzey, Infection Preventionist at The Women's Hospital, said, "We are so excited to be able to add (this technology) to our current cleaning process."

Global research, technology, and consulting firm, The Advisory Board Company, recently highlighted Deaconess Health System's successful Population Health Management initiatives.

The Women’s Hospital has been ranked as the 2nd best place to work in health care from Modern Healthcare, a national health care industry news source. This is the fourth consecutive year for TWH to be on this list.
On Thursday, October 24th, several Deaconess physicians and staff members were honored as Courier and Press "Healthcare Heroes." Congratulations to the honorees for making a positive impact on our community. Click the headline above for more details. 
On behalf of the entire Deaconess family, congratulations to Nancy Koehler, Executive Director of the Deaconess Foundation for being named Rotarian of the Year.
#Kidney4Mitch update | 10/1/2013
Three weeks after a life-changing kidney transplant, Deaconess Pharmacist Charlie Bockelman and Mitch Petty have no regrets. Click on the headline above to read the latest update and see a great interview with both men. 
#kidney4Mitch | 9/5/2013
Click here to read the amazing story of Deaconess Pharmacist Charlie Bockelman and his decision to donate a kidney to his co-worker Meredith Petty's husband.
Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology (ECC/VO), a Tri-State Radiation Oncology Center (TROC), and Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology were recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
Modern Healthcare Magazine announced its Best Places To Work listing this week and The Women’s Hospital once again made the list. Modern Healthcare and The Studer Group co-sponsor this recognition program as a way to honor workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empower employees to perform at their optimum level and provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products, and services.
For the second consecutive year, The Women’s Hospital received a Women’s Choice Award for “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.” 
Residents of Evansville’s north side will have a more convenient option for receiving health care with the opening of Deaconess Clinic Mt. Pleasant.
Deaconess Clinic Mt. Pleasant is a brand new, state-of-the-art medical facility located at 8600 North Kentucky Avenue – Just off Hwy. 41N and Mt. Pleasant Rd. behind Bob’s Gym.
This clinic location replaces Deaconess Clinic North on Mill Road.
In the July issue of Hospital’s and Health Networks Magazine (H&HN), Deaconess Health System was the only regional hospital recognized as one of 2013’s “Most Wired.”

This recognition is the result of the magazine’s Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2013. The survey asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives.
Deaconess Urgent Care Northbrook in Evansville will move to a new facility beginning Saturday, July 20th. Please visit us in our new location at 4506 North First Avenue (in the North Park Shopping Center), for your urgent care needs.
Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital were certified as Level 1 Primary Care Stroke Centers by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), a nationally recognized accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the fourth certification for Deaconess Hospital and the first for Deaconess Gateway Hospital as its own, separate entity.
Deaconess received Magnet designation under the name Deaconess Hospital, Inc., which includes three hospitals – Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Gateway Hospital and Deaconess Cross Pointe.

The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway was named among the top 5 percent in the nation for “Outstanding Patient Experience” in 2013 by Healthgrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes.
Deaconess Hospital was once again named one of the top 100 greatest places to work in healthcare according to the May issue of Becker’s Hospital Review*. Each year, Becker’s Hospital Review and Becker’s ASC Review develop their top 100 list through nominations and editorial research
The Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America recognized Linda White, President and CEO of Deaconess Health System, with the Distinguished Citizen Award on May 7, 2013

JDRF to partner with Holiday World, Deaconess Health System for Walk to Cure Diabetes. More than 2,000 walkers expected to raise over $400,000 for type 1 diabetes

Barb Cash from the Quality Improvement Department at Deaconess Hospital was featured in the February issue of Six Sigma Forum Magazine.

Deaconess Health System was recognized for reaching "the pinnacle of electronic health record accomplishments" by Health Data Management magazine.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It recognizes hospitals that encourage and promote breastfeeding and facilitate bonding between mother and baby. The designation requires implementation of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”
Dr. Anthony Kaiser received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Deaconess Hospital. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The 2013 Red Shoe Series kicks-off this Thursday at 6pm. During "Take a Walk in our Shoes," participants will take a virtual tour of The Heart Hospital and ask heart-related questions to a panel of experts.
Join us on February 28th at 6pm for a free educational seminar about infertility diagnoses and treatments presented by the experts from Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital. Call (812) 450-2229 to register.
Deaconess has implemented visitation restrictions to help prevent the spread of the flu.
The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway and the University of Southern Indiana partnered with the Indiana Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in 2008, to conduct a three-year national initiative, Care Transitions, designed to reduce re-hospitalizations for their Medicare patients. The final result was a 14.74% reduction in 30-day re-hospitalizations in the targeted community.
Wednesday, January 23 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Eastland Mall in the children's play area.
Deaconess has implemented visitation restrictions to help prevent the spread of the flu.
Holiday Hours | 12/28/2012
In case you need us, we will be here for you during the holidays.
This year, Thomas Walls will be recognized as an organ donor on the 2013 Donate Life float as one of 72 floragraph honorees.
Amanda Elikofer, BSN, RN, NE-BC was recently selected by the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) and the Easter Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) as recipient of the prestigious 2013 Foundation Nurse Fellow award.
The Women’s Hospital recently received two breastfeeding awards from the Indiana Perinatal Network.
National Research Corporation (NRC) recently named Deaconess as a consumer choice award winner for providing the highest quality service to the Tri-State area.
The Deaconess Clinic Orthotic Lab has received accreditation from the Board for Accreditation of Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratories (BAPFOL).
In advance of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic later this week, Deaconess Riley Children’s Services hosted members of the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball Team in their facility.
The Women’s Hospital was recently designated as a Gynecological Surgical Center of Excellence by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).
In response to the recent FDA expanded advisory, the Community Patient Safety Coalition (CPSC) of Southwest Indiana & Kentucky is issuing the following local update as it relates to the Tri-State area.

The Women’s Hospital has been ranked as the 2nd best place to work in health care from Modern Healthcare, a national healthcare industry news source read by more than 245,000 health care professionals.
Deaconess Health System has NOT received or administered any of the identified drug, methylprednisolone, with the recalled lot numbers.
Earlier this year, The Women’s Hospital enlisted the talents of local artists to cover the main stairwell in art work, creating an environment that would encourage more individuals to opt for the stairs over the elevator.
Deaconess is hosting a weekly community Farmers Market through mid-October, weather permitting, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
Nick Dus was recently promoted to manager of Patient Affairs for Deaconess Hospital.
Ann Calvert was recently named assistant controller for Deaconess Hospital
Deaconess Hospital has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium total joint specialty center in recognition of quality care.
EVANSVILLE, IN – The Indiana Office of Energy Development has awarded a $100,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant - the maximum amount allowed – to Deaconess Hospital.
Heather Orth, RN, BSN, was recently named Director of Accountable Care for Deaconess Clinic.
Maria Aljabi, MD, has joined Deaconess Clinic and specializes in pediatric gastroenterology.
Each infant born at The Women’s Hospital during the month of February will receive a hand-made red hat from Deaconess Heart Services in recognition of National Heart Disease Awareness Month, which occurs during the month of February
The Women’s Hospital recently announced that it has agreed to participate in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) led by VHA Inc., the national health care network
HIMSS Analytics recently announced that Deaconess Health System received its Stage 7 award.
The trauma center at Deaconess Hospital again has been verified as a Level II trauma center by the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway was recently awarded by Health Care Excel for its participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Care Transitions project
The Women’s Hospital will host a rocking chair dedication at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 9 in the Engel Board Room, which is located on the first floor of the hospital. Cake and punch will be served.
HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital is celebrating National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 4 – 10  to educate the community, patients, families and clinicians on the importance of patient safety in the hospital and at home.
Deaconess Health System announced that two of its leaders have been named Fellows of the American College of Health Care Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.
The Women’s Hospital is honored to be recognized as one of only 20% of facilities nationwide that meet the J.D. Power and Associates standards for customer satisfaction and service quality. The Women’s Hospital is the only hospital in Indiana to ever receive the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital for Inpatient Excellence award.
The trauma center at Deaconess Hospital again has been verified as a Level II trauma center by the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s continuing dedication to provide optimal care for injured patients
The Deaconess Riley neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), located in The Women’s Hospital, has won the National Preemie Donna Award for Best Narration. The award was given at the Vermont Oxford Network national meeting in Washington, D.C. to top entries that captured something special or unique about their NICU