Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pulmonology Services return to Logansport Memorial Hospital

As a rural hospital, we are challenged in many ways. One of our biggest challenges is providing access to specialized care that’s local and in our community, which many of our patients need and want. We know that many of our patients suffer from respiratory problems and have requested pulmonology services. As part of our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, we made “access to care” a top priority for targeted improvement over the next three to five years.

Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that we now offer pulmonology services for our patients with the addition of Dr. Francois Fadel to our physician network. He shares some information in this article about what he does, and why it’s beneficial for patients to have pulmonology services that are close to home.

What is pulmonology?
“Pulmonology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes, which can include evaluating the heart and the upper respiratory tract (made up of the nose, pharynx and throat),” indicated Dr. Fadel. “A pulmonologist is a physician who studies internal medicine and then completes additional schooling and training to diagnose and treat conditions and diseases of the chest. These can include pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, emphysema, lung cancer, and other complicated chest infections. Pulmonologists can also treat and help active or previous smokers who have respiratory symptoms or shortness of breath. We can assess the patient’s lung function, and optimize treatment of their lungs, as well as aid in smoking cessation.”

Who needs a pulmonologist?
“Patients who have a chronic cough, difficulty breathing, persistent lung infection, or any other breathing-related problem typically need specialized services, like those that a pulmonologist provides. To determine how serious your condition is, I will typically conduct pulmonary function tests (PFTs) to measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air,” he says. These tests also check how well your lungs transfer oxygen into the blood.

A pulmonologist is one type of asthma and allergies specialist that may be helpful to use when treating various chest and lung conditions. As we move into Fall, the seasonal changes may cause certain allergies to flare-up or worsen, making it harder to breathe. Asthma can also be affected by seasonal changes.

"Asthma symptoms differ from patient to patient, so there are a variety of tests that I can perform to help determine what approach may be the best to take," explains Dr. Fadel. "A variety of additional tests can be performed, and they just help me learn more about your lungs and how they function. Once I have the results, I prefer to work together with the patient to decide what feels right and is best to do in treating their specific allergies, asthma, or other condition."

Respiratory therapists can assist pulmonologists by performing these tests, and Logansport Memorial Hospital is fortunate to have a fully-staffed respiratory therapy department and pulmonary rehabilitation facility on-site. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed to teach you about your lungs and how to live better with your lung condition. Additionally, LMH has a sleep laboratory on-site to assist with the treatment of sleep disorders. These on-site programs make receiving pulmonology services more convenient for our patients.

Primary care physicians can refer you to receive the specialized services of Dr. Fadel. You can learn more about your referral options by calling (574) 753-1384.

Meet Dr. Francois Fadel
Dr. Fadel is an expert specialist practicing in four specialties – internal medicine, pulmonary/respiratory medicine, critical care medicine, and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He is triple board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine, pulmonary/respiratory medicine, and critical care medicine. He completed a fellowship of double certification in critical care medicine and pulmonary/respiratory medicine at The State University of New York in Brooklyn, New York.

He utilizes the most advanced technologies and procedures to diagnose and treat respiratory conditions, including lung cancer. As the only critical care and pulmonology physician serving Logansport and Cass County, he looks forward to establishing his practice and providing an exceptional level of specialized care for our community.

Logansport Memorial Hospital presents new online wellness resource

Logansport Memorial Hospital has recently partnered with EBSCO Information Services to publish an online health information library on the LMH website. You can view and use this health library by visiting

EBSCO Information Services has developed this resource for hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations to use in providing reliable, evidence-based health and wellness information for their patients and communities. EBSCO Information Services is the only resource vendor providing 100% evidence-based content that is developed, published, and reviewed by medically-credentialed experts. The content is also updated continuously throughout the year to ensure accuracy as evidence develops or changes.

Logansport Memorial Hospital seeks to fulfill our mission of making “your health our passion” by bringing this information to you locally. All of the information provided in this Health Library is free for you to access, view, and use as you make your own health and wellness a priority.

According to a PEW Research study, 80% of all Internet users surveyed have searched online for health information. This translates to almost 113 million American adults (18+) using the Internet to find relevant health information for themselves. The information in our new Health Library is presented in an easy-to-understand manner that helps users make appropriate and informed personal healthcare and wellness decisions.

Content topics include aging and health, allergies, food and nutrition, kids and teen health, medication management, smoking cessation, workplace health, and many more. The online content also features an interactive symptom checker, A-Z fact sheets covering almost 1,500 conditions and procedures, as well as various video clips and health calculators.

Visit our “Health Resources” tab at to explore our new Health Library and all that it can offer you. If you have questions or comments about using this resource, please email to share them with us.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Diabetes Education at Logansport Memorial Hospital becomes an AADE-accredited program

The Diabetes Education program at Logansport Memorial Hospital was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This provides residents in and around Logansport and Cass County with increased access to critical diabetes education services. 

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. 

The program at Logansport Memorial Hospital is led by Karen Shidler, RN, BSN, MS. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and has worked in this role with patients for more than 18 years.  Registered Dietitian Norma Fielding is also a Certified Diabetes Educator and involved in the program. 

Diabetes Education at Logansport Memorial Hospital, located at 1101 Michigan Avenue in Logansport, offers diabetes education classes on a range of topics throughout the year. Classes include Diabetes Basics, Diabetes Support Group, and Insulin Pumpers Meetings. Every other year, a larger community event focused on Diabetes Education and Awareness is held as well. The dates and times for these classes can be found on the hospital website, by visiting our webpage about Diabetes Education. 


Karen noted, “We have been a recognized diabetes education program by the American Diabetes Association since 2001 but felt that AADE’s accreditation had some advantages with the changing healthcare environment and the increasing need for diabetes education.”  

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Diabetes Education at Logansport Memorial Hospital is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.” 

Free Hearing Screening to be offered at Logansport Memorial Hospital

If you’re having trouble hearing, you’re certainly not alone. Nearly 36 million Americans develop some form of hearing loss, and it’s often the result of normal daily living. Perhaps you enjoy listening to loud music, or work in an environment with loud machinery. Age and heredity are major contributors as well.

But hearing loss can affect anyone at any age. Because of this, hearing screenings are one of the most commonly-used ways to evaluate your hearing for health or loss. Logansport Memorial Hospital will be offering free hearing screenings from 9 am – 12 Noon on Friday, August 1 at the LMPN Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Office. Screenings will be performed every 15 minutes.

Certified audiologist Stacey Shilts, MSCCC-A, will be conducting all of the hearing screenings provided.
This screening is open to all ages.

Registration for this free screening is required by calling the ENT office at (574) 753-2222. The office is located inside Medical Office Building East at Logansport Memorial Hospital, on the lower level in Suite 15. For any questions, please call the office directly at the number listed above and the office staff will be able to assist you.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Logansport Memorial Hospital CEO receives Leadership Award

David Ameen, President/CEO, Logansport Memorial Hospital was recently awarded the 2014 Indiana Rural Health Association Leadership Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual, organization, company, governmental unit or other entity that has demonstrated an ability to guide and motivate in a direction that contributes to the betterment of rural health in Indiana. 

“The concepts of public health and wellness he has brought to Logansport and Indiana have helped set the standard for many others to follow.  Specifically, his involvement with health coaching and the development and promotion of community-based Accountable Care Organizations have helped launch a new way of thinking regarding the delivery of healthcare. For these reasons, I nominated him for the Leadership Award,” Tim Putnam, IRHA President stated.

David says, “At Logansport Memorial Hospital, we are dedicated to providing health services that meet the needs of our community. We want to ensure access to care is available close to home for those who need it. Consulting physicians are integrated into the medical staff and offer local alternatives for access to specialty care.

We are also focused on an initiative of wellness and hope to lead by example with our employees and our health behaviors. We believe that a happy and healthy community is one that is physically well, practicing good health habits, and living active lifestyles.

In all that we do, our focus remains on you, our valued patient and community family member. Since 1925, we have been truly thankful for your trust and confidence in us. Our gratitude continues today and in the years to come.”