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IU East, Ivy Tech Sign Guaranteed Admissions Agreement

Posted July 14, 2020

A new agreement in place at the start of June has created a clear path for students at Ivy Tech Community College to transfer to Indiana University East.

Ivy Tech associate-level graduates from across Indiana are guaranteed admission, based on select provisions, into certain programs at all IU regional campuses via a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA). The agreement took effective on June 1. The agreement aligns current best practices and the state's established initiatives, the GAA spells out necessary coursework toward degree requirements at both institutions. Admission to all campuses also comes with an application fee waiver.

"We have always had a very strong partnership with Ivy Tech," Chancellor Kathy Girten said. "This agreement will continue the work we have done to provide a smooth transfer for students have earned their associate's degree to complete their bachelor's degree at IU East."

This guaranteed admission eliminates any loss of credits while minimizing cost to students and ensuring they are able to complete their bachelor's degrees on time.

"Our regional campuses have continued to spark growth and innovation for students' education and careers, exemplifying the hallmark of research, discovery and service of IU's 200-year history," said John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. "These guaranteed admissions agreements solidify IU's commitment to best practices in transfers and steady progress toward degrees."

IU East and Ivy Tech have a history of collaboration, especially in efforts to ease the transfer process. Pathways to IU East is a program to offer an affordable, accessible bridge from Ivy Tech Community College courses, credits and associates degree programs to IU East baccalaureate degree programs.

Ivy Tech students who want to take advantage of opportunities to transfer to IU East can work with their Ivy Tech academic advisors to confirm that their academic plan meets all the requirements.

Students can further maximize savings on their degree by taking advantage of scholarship and grant opportunities at both institutions, which is critical to Hoosiers now more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis.

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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana Presents Trauma, Healing and Prevention Virtual Lunch Series

Posted July 13, 2020

The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI) will present a four-part virtual series on trauma this fall.

Online, Noon-1 p.m., on August 26, September 23, October 28, and November 18: CPLI is proud to offer Trauma, Healing, and Prevention, a four-part virtual lunch series, to all adults who work with children. The trainings will explore trauma and its impacts on youth through various lenses, with particular emphasis on racial groups and LGBTQ+ children, through sessions presented by esteemed guests such as Racial Trauma expert Dr. Candice Nicole from the University of Kentucky and The Center for Healing Racial Trauma.

Registration is open now on $30 provides access to all four sessions, and continuing education credits for educators for the entire series are available for an additional one-time fee of $15. The proceeds will help fund CPLI's Positive School Discipline Institute and other programming.

Event Moderator, Jay Watts, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, & Belonging for the Central Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College, explains:

We have a problem in our community, and its root germinates from trauma that we have not successfully addressed. Society consumes the pain of others and picks around the metaphorical "privilege plate" of whose pain matters at a given time. [This event] is a timely micro training that will address not only what various intersectional forms of trauma are and its manifestation within our youth, but it is a call to action to become more healing-centered in our engagement to grow a better society and prevent our children from being devoured by systems that prevent flourishing. . . Let's Learn, Engage, Act, and Heal...together.

About Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana: CPLI advocates for systemic changes for children so that programs, policies, and practices are developmentally-appropriate, equitably-administered and fair, and provide the necessary support for a child's successful transition to adulthood.

LifeStream Accepting Applications for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

Posted July 13, 2020

Vouchers for the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) are available through LifeStream Services until supplies run out. Vouchers are provided by the state at limited quantities, and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Those interested in receiving SFMNP vouchers will need to apply by calling LifeStream Services at 800-589- 1121. Submitting an application does not guarantee the applicant will qualify to receive vouchers. Applications are sent to the state office. Those who qualify to receive SFMNP vouchers will receive their vouchers by mail directly to their residence.

The vouchers are worth $20 and can be used through October 20. Eligible items include beans, peppers, tomatoes, apples, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. Vouchers can only be redeemed at qualifying locations. For a full list of locations in Indiana, visit or call 800-589-1121 to find one near you.

Recipients must be 60 years of age or older and meet the income guidelines, which are based on 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For income limits, please contact LifeStream Services by calling 800-589-1121 or visit

For more information on Senior Farmers' Market voucher distribution, please contact Dana Pierce, Nutrition Administrator, by calling 765-808-9059 or email

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at and follow on Facebook at

Maintain the Trend: Don't Let Up on COVID-19 Precautions

Posted July 13, 2020

Though COVID-19 trends vary across the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, data maintained by Reid Health and the state of Indiana continue to show some positive trends downward. Can we relax?

"Absolutely not," says Thomas Huth, M.D., Reid Health Vice President of Medical Affairs. Dr. Huth has followed world, state and regional data since the pandemic began. "If we want to continue to slow and reduce the spread and maintain our improvement in these trends, we cannot let up on the behaviors driving the better numbers - social distancing, frequent hand-washing, use of sanitizers, and wearing masks in public," he says.

Dr. Huth has also led regular phone conferences with regional health officials in Indiana and Ohio. The most recent discussions in those meetings are about concerns people are growing less vigilant, particularly about wearing a mask. "For some reason, mask-wearing or not wearing a mask has become tainted by political disagreement," Dr. Huth said. "The fact is we have an abundance of data that shows wearing masks, including cloth masks, have a direct effect on reducing risk and spread of COVID-19."

Dr. Huth cites the following:

The Taiwan story -- "Taiwan is a geographically small island nation with 40% higher population than the state of New York and twice the population density. They have 1/10th of a percent the total cases of COVID-19 and 1/200th of a percent of the deaths compared to New York. The most significant thing they do differently is everyone wears a mask in public."

Other countries too -- Recent studies verify that countries who have had the best results reducing spread have implemented universal masking. Besides Taiwan, Dr. Huth notes Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea as examples.

Science -- Widespread scientific and medical consensus agrees that face masks are playing a key part in successfully tackling the pandemic.

Cloth masks help -- A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine notes that although cloth masks don't have the same overall filtration efficiency as medical masks, evidence does show they still significantly reduce the emission of contaminated water droplets when worn by infected people.

"We have turned the trends by all the measures that have been and continue to be taken," Dr. Huth said. "It's extremely important that everyone remain vigilant in following all the recommended precautions, including regularly wearing a mask in public. This is how we can reduce the chance of a second wave of infection in our communities."

Dr. Huth also said workers in restaurants and stores need to be aware of local regulations that may make masks mandatory -- and then be sure to wear them correctly. "Proper mask wearing covers both the nose and the mouth. The most common error I've seen is someone wearing them below the nose. While I understand that keeping the nose covered can be somewhat uncomfortable and inconvenient, it's not nearly as bad as getting or spreading this infection - especially to people at higher risk of complications from the disease."

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Reid Health Residency Program Graduates Six

Posted July 13, 2020

The Reid Health Family Medicine Residency Program celebrated six 2020 graduates recently and welcomed six new residents for the next school year beginning in July.

Phillip Scott, D.O., FAAFP, Residency Program Director, said the graduation marked another milestone for the program in celebrating the completion of its first full class of six physicians. "Our program continues to grow and attract both Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine and those with an M.D. The program offers 18 residency positions for three years of training and continues to establish Reid Health as a teaching system.

With the 2020 class, the program has graduated a total of13 doctors, each of whom have completed three years training, gaining varied experiences in the Reid Health system. The 2020 graduating class is Reid's largest to date, and signals that the program has hit its designated capacity of 18 physicians in training: six residents in each of three classes.

The 2020 graduates are:

Jay Bhavsar, D.O., who was accepted into a hospital medicine Fellowship at Deaconness Hospital in Evansville, Indiana

Erin Chung, D.O., who is taking a hospitalist position at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

Timothy Cobb, D.O., who will take a primary care position in Deer Isle, Maine

Stephanie Kidd, D.O., who is joining IU Health in Fort Wayne

Gudars Rahnema, D.O., who accepted a hospitalist position in Los Angeles, California

And Justin Tudino, D.O., who is joining the Reid Health Hospitalist team

Dr. Tudino is the second of the 13 program graduates who has chosen to stay with Reid Health. Kristina Hair, D.O., joined State Line Family Medicine after her 2018 graduation. Other graduates in 2018 included Tara Gravenstine, D.O.; Kit Joos, D.O.; and Akitto Ledda, D.O. Last year's class included Soha Rizvi, D.O.; Emily Lynch, D.O.; and Megan Welker, D.O.

The program begins the 2020 year with a full complement of 18 residents, 75 preceptors and three returning core faculty members: Phillip Scott,DO, Nuzhat Nisa, M.D., Novera Inam, M.D.. Donald Smith, M.D., joined the program in September 2019 as the fourth core faculty member.

The Reid Health residency program is affiliated with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo., and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Scott said the community and the personal, focused experience continue to prove to be attractions to program participants. "Training in a location with only one residency program, means our physicians don't compete with other residents who may be training in other specialties," he explained, commonly referenced as training "unopposed." They also get to work in multiple areas to help them affirm their choice of specialty.

Dr. Chung was also celebrated as Resident of the Year, and Dr. William Black as the faculty preceptor of the year.

New residents starting in July:

  • Dustin Cundiff, D.O.
  • Jonathan Adams, D.O.
  • Kimberly Carhuatanta, D.O.
  • Ibrahim Khan, M.D.
  • Abdallah Saleh, M.D.
  • Waiel Almardini, M.D.

Advancing third-year residents:

  • Chase Carpenter, D.O.
  • Megan Carpenter, D.O.
  • Wen Lin, D.O.
  • Darrin Schwartz, D.O.
  • Derrick Whiting, D.O.
  • Christopher Gasaway, D.O.

Advancing second-year residents:

  • Kapesh Kunwar, M.D.
  • Prajakta Tamhane, M.D.
  • Nida Noor, M.D.
  • Nabeel Uwaydah, M.D.
  • Brandon Baccari, D.O.
  • Mehrosh Naseem, M.D.

Supplied Photo: From left: Erin Chung, D.O.; Gudars Rahnema, D.O.; Stephanie Kidd, D.O.; Jay Bhavsar, D.O.; Timothy Cobb, D.O.; and Justin Tudino, D.O.From left: Erin Chung, D.O.; Gudars Rahnema, D.O.; Stephanie Kidd, D.O.; Jay Bhavsar, D.O.; Timothy Cobb, D.O.; and Justin Tudino, D.O.

Double Benefit: Donation Aims to Improve Access to Good Nutrition

Posted July 13, 2020

A $6,000 donation this week to the Fresh Up Bucks program at the Fayette County Farmer's Market will help provide a $12,000 value in fresh produce to people who otherwise have limited access to good nutrition.

Reid Health Community Benefit Specialist Patrick Ripberger delivered the donation this week. He said the program is in line with a community health implementation strategy that aims to increase access to fresh and nutritious foods. Becky Marvel, Community Wellness Coordinator for the Nutrition Education Program of the Purdue Extension office in Connersville, said the funds are important to the health of residents in the county that is ranked 92 of 92 counties for poor health.

"Many of the people who can benefit also lack transportation, so have limited access to places to get affordable produce," Marvel said. The Fresh Up Bucks program allows those with SNAP and Senior/WIC Fresh Produce vouchers to double the value of the vouchers. Marvel said besides the Farmer's Market held Thursdays and Saturdays in the courthouse parking lot, the program also does outreach through mobile markets to low-income areas of Connersville.

Ripberger said the Connersville program operates like one supported by Community Benefit at the Richmond Farmer's Market. Such programs help Reid Health as a not-for-profit system with its mission of promoting and improving the health of the communities served.

"During our recent Community Health Needs Assessment, we identified supporting local farmer's markets as a tactic under the strategy of 'increase access to fresh and nutritious foods' in our implementation plan."

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health.

Senior Adult Ministry July Meeting

Posted July 7, 2020

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Richmond's Veterans Park, Richmond, IN (via West Main or Johnson Street entrance). The Bridgewaters dulcimer group is our featured entertainment. This is a time to be together—separately. Social distancing will be observed and we request that you wear a mask.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

ReidRide 12 to Roll July 18 with Safety Precautions in Place

Posted July 13, 2020

When the 12th ReidRide rolls onto Reid Parkway on July 18, hundreds of riders are expected to join in for safe fun and a good cause as they choose from three options and take appropriate precautions because of COVID-19.

Justin Burkhardt, Director of Reid Foundation, which puts on the event, said the this year there are three options - a family friendly eight-mile route, a full 15.5 mile route and a self-guided virtual route. "We have precautions in place because of the pandemic, including having our volunteers properly masked and distanced and having riders wear masks except during the ride. We have worked closely with our hospital leadership and physicians to ensure the safety of all participants."

ReidRide has provided funding over 12 years to give out more than 15,000 pairs of shoes to kids across the multi-county region served by Reid Health, Burkhardt said. "We couldn't do this without our sponsors and riders."

"This is not a race. This is an opportunity to safely see and ride Wayne County. It's a wellness event. And more importantly, this supports a great cause." -- Justin Burkhardt, Reid Foundation Director

Burkhardt said the main significant changes for 2020 are the new routes, distancing of all riders, and added safety features on campus in response to Covid-19. "Working with our first responders, we have changed the route to avoid the construction on Chester Blvd. Safety of our riders is top priority," Burkhardt said.

Maps of routes can be found at

When ReidRide began in 2009 with less than 200 riders, Burkhardt said he doesn't think anyone knew just how much the ride would grow over the years. He believes the attention to prioritizing safety, the great organization of the event, the family atmosphere and wonderful volunteers are what keep the event popular.

"This is not a race. This is an opportunity to safely see and ride Wayne County. It's a wellness event. And more importantly, this supports a great cause," he said.

Burkhardt is hoping this year's ReidRide gives the community a sense of normalcy. "This community has been through a lot in 2020 and we wanted to host a safe event that families could feel comfortable doing, all the while raising money for this worthy cause," Burkhardt said. He said the event has wonderful support from sheriff's, fire and police departments, who help maintain traffic safety. He encourages drivers to keep the ride and updatedroute in mind as well.

The ride starts at 7:30 a.m., with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. To sign up for, or to donate to the cause, visit:

25th Annual Holiday Poinsettia Fundraiser

Posted July 1, 2020

Newletter: Poinsettia Fund Raiser from Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center invites you to participate in our 25th annual Holiday Poinsettia fundraiser!

We are taking orders for poinsettias to be delivered to your business on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Poinsettias are $12.50 each. The 6 1/2" pots are covered in festive foil and plants are available in three colors. Each plant is approximately 10' to 12" tall with an average of 7 blossoms.

For orders totaling 1 to 9 plants there is a $.50 discount per plant. For orders totaling 10 or more plants, there is a $1.00 discount per plant.

All discounted orders need to be received by September 1, 2020.

Please complete the order form and return the entire form with your check, payable to "Adult Day Center of Richmond".

Proceeds from this fundraiser help to maintain our quality program. We are proud to be an active and stable addition to our senior community for 32 years.

We thank you in advance for supporting our services - Participants, Staff and Board Members of Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center.

City Selects New City Planner

Posted July 6, 2020

Oxford-native, Ian Vanness has been hired as Richmond's new City Planner.

Ian's background includes time at Price Hill Will, a nonprofit community development organization in Cincinnati, where he worked on a neighborhood map exploring the impact of housing and economic development, and Cincinnati's Planning Department.

The committee was impressed not only with his abilities but also with his approach. Being from the region, he articulated a passion for supporting growth through planning while recognizing the challenges that face communities like Richmond, such as population and infrastructure decline:

"I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve the City of Richmond as City Planner. It has been my dream to work as a city planner in a historic-midwest city. Richmond has a lot of positive momentum happening that I'm excited to become a part of!"

He fills the position after nearly 6 months of vacancy, during which period Matt Evans, GIS Coordinator served as the Interim Planner. Ian will be moving many planning-related projects outlined in the Richmond Rising: Community Action Plan forward. According to Beth Fields, Director of the Department:

"We're really excited that we were able to attract someone with Ian's passion and experience for community planning to our City team. Ian's knowledge and capacity are going to allow him to hit the ground running and immediately make a positive impact on our community."

Ian holds a Master's degree in Community Planning and a Geographic Information Science Certificate from the University of Cincinnati.

"Images of America" Art Exhibit at Reid Health

Posted July 6, 2020

A new art exhibit in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital features 27 drawings and 4 paintings by local artist Don Pressley.

The subjects in this exhibit include portraits of famous people, buildings, scenes from nature, and a series of lighthouse images. Pressley works in a photorealistic style, employing charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pastel and paint to create compelling and highly detailed images. He particularly enjoys the challenge of depicting the play of light on a subject and illustrating different kinds of surfaces such as shiny metal, glass, reflections on water or the texture of fabric to "make it look real."

He discovered a love of art early on but has been largely self-taught except for the art classes he took in high school. Pressley holds a degree in history from Ball State and a degree in business management from Oakland City University. He has worked in farming and as a truck driver before retiring and moving to Richmond in 2017.

The MacDowell Gallery is located on the second floor of the hospital and the current exhibit will be on display through mid-September.

Photo: Don Pressley Drawing: Graphite on Paper: "Tawas Point Lighthouse" by Don Pressley Drawing: "Michael Phelps", graphite on Paper by Don Pressley

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