Business briefs – September 1

Hancock County Character Council plans journalism discussion

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Character Council hosts its annual meeting 7 a.m. Sept. 13 at NineStar Connect, 2243 E. Main St., Greenfield.

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, a syndicated columnist and radio personality will lead a discussion about open journalism.

The goal of the council is to promote good character in the lives of county citizens and to work with young people to promote and instill good character traits. For more information, call 317-861-4549.

Funeral home grants $3,500 to nonprofit, community for campaign

GREENFIELD — Stillinger Family Funeral Home on Saturday provided $3,500 to members of the community as part of its “Celebrate Life” campaign.

Owner David Stillinger said the funeral home naturally often sees the sad side of life, so he wanted to do something positive for the community. More than 50 people and nonprofits entered the contest, and nearly 400 people voted.

Winners were: Grace Silcox, who won a $1,000 scholarship; Katrina Royster, who won a $1,000 cash prize; Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, which won a $1,000 donation; and voter Candace Conaway of Greenfield, who won $500.

Franciscan, CVS MinuteClinics form clinical partnership to better services

MISHAWAKA – Franciscan Health announced recently it has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with CVS Health, according to Kevin Leahy, President and CEO of Franciscan Alliance, parent corporation headquartered in Mishawaka. The affiliation will help enhance access to high-quality, affordable health care services for patients.

Through these clinical affiliations, aimed at improving clinical care for patients, CVS Health will provide enhanced prescription and visit information to Franciscan Health by enabling communication between secured electronic health record systems. In addition, patients will have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS Pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic locations.

Franciscan Health includes 14 hospitals, several physician groups, and numerous physician offices, urgent care centers and outpatient clinics in Indiana and Illinois.

“Partnering with CVS Health, through its CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations, further enhances the overall continuity of care for patients in the communities we serve,” said Leahy.

CVS Health MinuteClinic offers patients high-quality, convenient and affordable health care services. The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants who provide treatment for common illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services, including health-condition monitoring for patients with chronic diseases.

The affiliation encourages collaboration between primary care providers and CVS Health MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations across Indiana and Illinois. Through this collaboration, Franciscan Health and CVS Health MinuteClinic providers will work together on planning strategies around chronic care and wellness. If more comprehensive care is needed, patients can follow up with their primary care provider and have access to additional care services, as appropriate. For those patients who do not have regular access to health care, CVS Health MinuteClinic can provide information to help patients find a primary care physician, creating a greater opportunity for continuity of health care services.

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