Beth Schultz

Schultz

Manchester University has selected Beth Schultz as the founding director of its upcoming nursing program.

The decision to form its own nursing program came after MU’s observations that the demand for trained nursing and health care staff has still not been met in northeast Indiana and continues to grow.

“The need is now, and it’s growing,” Lea Johnson, MU’s vice president for health science initiatives, said in a statement. “The Parkview Health nursing leadership has been highly supportive and collaborative. We look forward to having our nursing students benefit from a rich clinical experience – through the hospitals in the Parkview system as well as other excellent clinical opportunities in the region.”

Schultz will work with Johnson, to get the program the necessary accreditations. The hope is to launch the program in 2021.

Community clinic to host charity event

Christian Community Health Care, a community health clinic in downtown Grabill, will host a charity event, A Heart for Our Community, on Sept. 23 to help raise money for its clinic and highlight the work it has done throughout its 23-year existence.

The night’s emcee will be Curtis Smith, Parkview Health‘s corporate director of community engagement, but who is best known as the former chief meteorologist with ABC21 in Fort Wayne.

Dr. Mike Chupp, CEO of Christian Medical and Dental Associations, will talk about his experiences traveling around the world on medical missions to bring medical and dental care to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

Music for the evening will include a performance by Fort Wayne-based Christian recording artist Don Wharton.

The charity event will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23, at the Parkview Mirro Center. The event is free to attend, but spots are limited. Tickets can be found at ChristianCommunityHealthCare.org.

Cancer ECHO seeks to educate medical community

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Center at IUPUI has opened up a cancer prevention and survivorship center.

This cancer ECHO will allow for health care providers to continue their education and stay up to date with the latest cancer treatment procedures and ideas through instruction from area experts and professors from Indiana University.

“We are excited to support the Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Care ECHO,” Dr. Kris Box, Indiana state health commissioner, said in a statement. “Indiana has nearly 300,000 cancer survivors and having a forum in which healthcare professionals can share expertise for their continued care will improve the quality of life for many Hoosiers.”

After the center’s opening Sept. 17, the clinics will take place every first and third Tuesday at noon over the next year. ECHO will be open and free for all participants and can be done online. CME credits will even be awarded to participants who need them at no cost.

A good reason to run

Trine University students and alumni will be pounding the pavement for a good cause during Homecoming Weekend.

The university’s annual 5K run and walk will benefit Be The Match, a nonprofit that focuses on finding bone marrow donors for the people in serious need of marrow transplants.

The race will begin at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 5 under the Ryan Skywalk on the Trine campus in Angola. Registration costs $10 and includes a T-shirt and race bib, a race day packet and refreshments before during and after the race. Racers will also be able to sign up to be marrow donors onsite.

Going batty over rabies

Even though Halloween is only a few weeks away, catching and/or petting bats are not a recommended way to get into the spooky spirit.

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control issued a reminder to the local community that bats can carry rabies, which can prove fatal to humans as well as animals that have been scratched or bitten by an infected creature. Bats, per the announcement, are the most common carrier of rabies in Indiana.

If they encounter a bat, the community is asked not to kill the animal or set it free, but instead contain the bat until help can arrive to take care of the animal in a safe way and test it for rabies.

Chelsea Boulrisse is an experienced reporter who primarily covers health care and the medical device industry. You can send information for her weekly column to cboulrisse@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3307.

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