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Welcome Dr. Paul D. Steenburg to AMH Family Practice

Adams Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer JoEllen Eidam recently announced the hospital has added the private practice of Geneva physician Dr. Paul D. Steenburg to its growing list of hospital-owned family practice physicians in Adams County.


The transfer became effective April 1 and Eidam said office hours for Dr. Steenburg on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will remain the same. The office will be closed on Wednesday. The staff of Dr. Steenburg will remain intact with the exception that his wife, Lynn, has retired after 23 years of service.
John Martinsky, director of physician practices for the hospital, noted “we are pleased to have Dr. Steenburg as a hospital employee. Although his office location was originally built and is owned by the hospital, we look forward to being able to increase medical services by having Dr. Steenburg as an employee. Southern Adams County has always been an integral part of the hospital’s vision for providing top level health care.”

The hospital plans to renovate Dr. Steenburg’s office within the next month or so and Martinsky said that will improve the overall layout of the structure, adding “we want to make accessibility to health care as easy as possible for our patients in southern Adams County.”

Patients will still make appointments with Dr. Steenburg by calling the same office number is 368-7370. The hospital will begin to handle the billing for Dr. Steenburg and medical records transcription work will now go through the hospital as well.

Having Dr. Steenburg as a hospital employee will make it easier to have additional equipment at the office according to Martinsky. “Access to capital is crucial because it’s less expensive for the hospital to buy items as a group than it would be for one physician to do so. He’ll have more resources now to serve his patients with so it’s a win-win situation for all involved,” he concluded.


Decatur Behavioral Health Services Moving

The Decatur Behavioral Health Services Outpatient Office will be relocating effective Monday, March 31st from their current location on High Street to the Adams Medical Office Complex located on the Adams Memorial Hospital Campus behind the Strickler Cancer Institute. This is the same building that Decatur Family Medicine is currently located in.

The new offices will be located in a private suite at the back portion of the building. Counselors included in the move are Dee Diehl, Emily Porter, Baldemar Silva, and Carrie Binegar as well as Rick Cain, Nurse Practitioner. Behavioral Health Services is being moved to the back section of the building that was originally completed, but has never been used. Patients are advised to register/check-in at the desk located at the back of the building right outside the new offices.

Counseling services offered by Behavioral Health Services in Berne will not be affected by this move and they will continue to see patients at their office on West Main Street in Berne.

Behavioral Health Outpatient Counseling Services can be reached by calling 728-3906.


Physician Offices Move

For More Information, Contact: John Martinsky, director of physician services, 724-2145, ext. 1450

The first phase of moving physician offices in the Adams Memorial Hospital Medical Office Complex has been completed with the physicians of Decatur Family Medicine--Drs. Kathleen Heimann, Jessamine Hippensteel, and Crystal Jencks--switching from one side of the building to the other on December 30.
When the building was first constructed by the hospital two years ago, it was decided to finish only one half side of the interior structure but with the addition of new physicians and changing locations of services being offered, the AMH Board of Trustees authorized construction work last fall to complete the other half.

Thus, the Decatur Family Medicine practice now is located in the new section of the recently-completed building (finished over a month ahead of schedule) and the office gives the doctors much needed additional space to enhance patient care. The new space houses eight patient exam rooms as well as procedure rooms for fetal monitoring of obstetric patients.

AMH director of physician services John Martinsky pointed out “more room was needed for the Decatur Family Medicine practice since the original group was just Drs. Jencks and Hippensteel. When Dr. Heimann came on board last year, it soon became evident we needed to increase their service capacity.”
Located next to the original DFM office was the office of Adams General Surgery. Originally staffed by Dr. Anthony Nigliazzo, the office now includes Dr. Lindsay Hardley and nurse practitioner Felicia Colclesser and they have also seen their practice increase in numbers. They will be staying in the same location as where they are now, but with some modifications of the old DFM office, they will be assuming that space as well to take over the majority of the left side of the building.

When that work is done (estimated date is early March), orthopaedic surgeon Dr. David Coats and his physician assistant Erin Whitman will bring their orthopaedic practice along with the AMH Sports Medicine Clinic to the surgery wing of the building. They are currently located in the Paul and Kathryn Strickler Oncology Center.

Another facet to the renovations and additions will be the presence of a central reception desk for patients to report at upon their arrival. Martinsky emphasized this site will greatly improve patient flow throughout the building.

Once the work for the Adams General Surgery is done and Adams Memorial Orthopaedics has been moved, several services offered in the hospital will be moved to the Strickler Oncology Center.

Neurologist Dr. Yu Liu, internist Dr. A. Baher, and physician’s assistant Brad Boyle (the latter is in charge of the AMH Diabetes Pump Clinic) will move from the third floor of the hospital to the Oncology Center on the space currently occupied by Dr. Coats.

Another change that will be accomplished within the next two weeks will find the Decatur out-patient counseling service of the Behavioral Health Services moving to the back portion of the Adams Medical Office Complex. Counselors included in the move are Dee Diehl, Emily Porter, Baldemar Silva, Mary Lou Scheumann, and Carrie Binegar and they will be in a section of the building that was originally completed but has never been used. Their office is currently off High Street.

Counseling services offered by Behavioral Health Services in Berne will not be affected by this move and they will continue to see patients at their office on W. Main Street, Berne.

All of the physicians in the Adams Medical Complex are hospital employees, currently welcoming new patients and may be reached by calling: Decatur Family Medicine at 72-3843, Adams General Surgery at 728-3982, Adams Memorial Orthopaedics at 728-3900, and Behavioral Health Outpatient Counseling at 728-3906.


Extended Hours

In order to better serve patients who need to speak with a representative of the Adams Memorial Hospital financial/business office, hospital officials said extended evening hours will begin starting on January 8.

A hospital release said the cashier’s office, located in middle of the hospital’s first floor foyer, (left of the café entrance) will now be open until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays while normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the other four days of the week will remain the same.

Business office manager George Loudenslager noted “the new evening hours will allow us to provide additional customer service and convenience for our community.” Loudenslager also reminded persons that patients may pay hospital bills on line at or may drop payments off at the drop box in the alley adjacent to Decatur City Hall.


Gluten Free Support Group

The Adams Memorial Hospital will be hosting a new support group for patients who are gluten free in their dietary habits beginning Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in Decatur Room 1 at the hospital.


The group will discuss educational information on how to live a gluten-free lifestyle and will provide recipes for their members to make their cooking an easier job in the kitchen.


Kris Bischoff, R.D., CDE and Becky Goble of the hospital will lead the support group and will be performing a survey to see what participants would like to see from such as support group.


A hospital press release noted that persons who are interested in the support group but who cannot attend the first meeting or would like to complete a survey should call Goble at 724-2145, extension 1421. Persons may also email Goble at


Adams Central Girl's Volleyball Team Donates to

Adams Memorial Hospital's Strickler Cancer Institute

The Adams Central Girl's Volleyball Team recently donated $375.00 to Adams Memorial Hospital's Strickler Cancer Institute in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The money was collected at the Adams Central/South Adams game, which was designated as a "Pink Out" game. Those in attendance at the game contributed the $375.00.



Pictured in the front row, left to right are Anna Burkhart, Madi Schwartz (holding check), Meghan Manley, Kara Keller. Back row, left to right are Ashley Beard, Coach, Trisha Death, Coach, Abby Snyder, Haley Gross, Abbey Lichtle, Jenni Baumer, and Susan Sefton, Dir. Community Outreach for Adams Memorial Hospital.


Adams Memorial Hospital Foundation Raises $27,249.28 in First Annual Golf Classic

Adams Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce it has recently installed the SOMATOM Perspective 64-slice CT scanner from Siemens Medical Solutions. The SOMATOM Perspective offers the ability to extend the range of available examinations to our patients at reduced radiation dose. The SOMATOM Perspective is an innovative solution that helps us provide maximum care for patients.

“In our continued efforts to deliver the best patient care our new scanner incorporates dose-reduction technologies along with patient-centric features that streamline the scan making for a comfortable and relaxed patient experience” Julie Zimmerman, Dir. of Radiology at Adams Memorial Hospital.

The SOMATOM Perspective can image all body regions and is able to detect small diagnostic details by using information from 64 slices. With the added benefit of a 38 mm wide detector, trade-offs between scan speed and image quality are not necessary and breath hold for your patients is reduced thereby decreasing the need for rescans.

Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction (SAFIRE) helps to reduce dose by up to 60% for a wide range of applications and delivers superior image quality. You can be assured that we are delivering best in class imaging while reducing radiation dose for all patients. The SOMATOM Perspective uses Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies (FAST) that help simplify and automate time-consuming, complex procedures, thus supporting our clinical team at every stage of the CT examination helping them spend more time with the patients.

The SOMATOM Perspective incorporates a patient-friendly design for excellent access and patient positioning and offers Illumination Mood Light to brighten the exam room atmosphere.

The Adams Memorial Hospital Foundation is planning their 2nd Annual Golf Classic for Friday, September 12, 2014 at Cross Creek Golf Course in Decatur, IN. Please call Susan Sefton for team registration at 260-724-2145 x1670.






Nearly 80 preschoolers and their families participate in Color Me Healthy Walk

Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, nearly 80 preschoolers and their families participated in the “Color Me Healthy Walk,” a creative, tasty and fun-filled event at Adams Memorial Hospital, sponsored by Adams County Winning With Wellness (WWW).


The walk was just one part of “Color Me Healthy Week,” Oct. 2-9, as proclaimed by Decatur Mayor John Schultz—a week dedicated to helping preschoolers and their families learn about getting fit and eating better. On Friday, Oct. 4, Winning With Wellness held a community luncheon with keynote speaker Holli Seabury, CEO, Mc Millen Center for Health Education, sharing “Five Easy Ways Communities Can Prevent Childhood Obesity.”


Additional activities for preschoolers and their families sponsored by the Adams Public Library and Decatur- Adams County Park and Recreation Department began last week and continue throughout October.


At the five different stations on the hospital walk, preschoolers engaged in a variety of activities. One of the highlights was coloring their white “My Plate” T-shirt with fabric markers. The USDA’s My Plate shows the five food groups that serve as the building blocks for a healthy diet and the portions children should eat. At other stations, preschoolers sampled several healthy snacks and participated in physical fitness activities while their parents received free recipes, as well as tips on nutrition and fitness.


For many of these preschoolers, last Sunday was just the start of learning more about eating better and getting fit. That’s because many of them will be going through the nationally acclaimed Color Me Healthy curriculum over the next few months at their respective preschools. Implementation of this curriculum was made possible by a “Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity (CPCO)" grant obtained through a partnership of the Adams County Office of Purdue Extension Services and Adams County Winning With Wellness.

WWW and Purdue Extension have purchased the 12-week Color Me Healthy curriculum—a physical activity and nutrition program for ages 4-5—for six Decatur preschools, including Decatur Head Start, Kids First Childcare Ministry, North Adams Preschool, St. Marks Preschool, The King’s Kingdom Preschool and Wyneken Lutheran Preschool.

About “Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity (COPD)”

The COPD study helps community health coalitions to identify and correct problems that could be contributing to childhood obesity, such as lack of easily accessible playgrounds or grocery stores. The project, led by Kansas State University and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, involves two counties each from Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The project began in March 2011 and will end in March 2016.


Winning With Wellness (WWW) consists of a cross-section of community leaders whose mission is to raise awareness of and encourage involvement in the many wellness opportunities within Adams County. To learn more, visit


Sovine family colors T-shirts:
Evan (left) and Ella Sovine enjoy coloring their Color Me Healthy T-shirts as mom, Emily Sovine, assists.


HS students help preschoolers sample healthy snacks:
Several students from Bellmont High School volunteered at the Color Me Healthy Walk to earn community service hours. Here, students Ryan Wilson (left) and Zach Houser (right), show preschoolers how to make a fruit kebab.


Preschoolers do Superman stretch
At one of the physical fitness stations, preschoolers learn how to do the Superman stretch.


Kids’s Health Fair/Trick or Treat Night

The annual Adams Health Network Kid’s Health Fair and Trick or Treating Night has been set for Thursday, October 24 from 3-7 p.m. it was announced today by JoEllen Eidam, interim chief executive officer of AHN.

Flu shots will be available at the Health Fair in Decatur Room 2 at the hospital for a cost of $15 (parents or other adults may receive one for $25).
Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for the event. After receiving a Trick or Treat bag at the main entrance upon their arrival, they can visit the Health Fair, the Worthman Fitness Center, the admitting area for the hospital surgical wing, the second floor med/surg nurse’s station, the second floor children’s wall area near the entrance to obstetrics, and at the third floor elevator exit for additional Halloween treats.

Eidam also announced that dates have been established for other AHN operations for Trick or Treating nights.

The Adams Heritage (formerly Village of Heritage) Nursing Home will entertain children on Wednesday, October 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Adams Evergreen (formerly Evergreen Court Assisted Living Unit) establishment at 1145 Mercer Avenue along with the Adams Woodcrest (formerly Woodcrest Nursing Home) facility at 1300 Mercer Avenue will have Trick or Treating for kids on Thursday, October 31 from 3-6 p.m.


Public Flu Shots

Members of the general public wishing to receive their annual flu shot in a quick and simple process may do so at the Corporate Medical Services/Stat Care location of the Adams Memorial Hospital from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cost of the shot is $25 per person. Persons on Medicare may receive their shot for no charge at the hospital since Medicare will pay for their recipients to receive the shot and the hospital will file with Medicare.

Stat Care is located in the hospital and persons should enter through the emergency room entrance to get there. No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot. For more information, persons may call 724-2145, ext. 1816.


Best Nursing Homes in the United States

The Adams Heritage Nursing Home in Monroeville has once again been honored by the U.S. News and World Report publication by being included in their annual “Best Nursing Homes in the United States” list.

USNWR used data published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in January 2013 which ranked nursing homes throughout the country and in that survey Adams Heritage was listed as a “five-star” facility. Only 17 percent of nursing homes in America are recognized as “five-star” facilities.
Adams Heritage Nursing Home administrator Maria Diaz says the honor comes with a lot of hard work and dedication from “an awesome staff that has many years of experience in long-term care.”

Diaz said the latest survey by the Indiana State Department of Health was an intensive exam of the facility that looked at policy compliance, cleanliness and upkeep of the facility, food service, and quality of life issues. Nursing homes are inspected annually by the ISDH on an unannounced basis.

“The State comes in and examines the charts of residents checking issues such as medication management, adequacy of infection control, proper skin care and how the staff interacts with them. To receive five stars in the CMS rating, the nursing staff has to provide at least four and a half hours of care a day to each resident, including about 43 minutes from a registered nurse. And last year, CMS also began displaying the number of hours residents receive from physical therapists (therapists from Adams Memorial Hospital visit Adams Heritage regularly to provide such services),” Diaz said.

One of the strengths that Diaz said the nursing home has is the strong family involvement of residents.

“We encourage family members to come visit their loved ones often and to be involved. I have an open door policy to communicate with family members so they are involved with the care of their loved one. Monroeville is a very close community and the people here are very involved with our residents. When the Village of Heritage (as it was originally called) first opened 13 years ago it was because of the demand of area residents who wanted such a facility in their town. The majority of residents at Adams Heritage now are from the southeastern area of Allen County,” Diaz added.

Adams Heritage is now in the process of changing to a system known as Answers on Demand which is switching nursing personnel from doing paper charting to electronic charting via computer.

“This is going to save our staff valuable time, time that can be spent giving them even more care and attention. It will also be a more accurate system of documentation for us,” Diaz said.

Adams Memorial Hospital recently completed its hook-up of the communication system with a fiber optic tower to the nursing home giving the facility wireless capabilities throughout the building. Regular maintenance of the building is performed with new carpet having just been installed throughout the 61-bed facility.
“No one ever wants to have to place a loved one in a nursing facility,” Diaz said, but concluded by adding “our staff cares for and treats our residents like family. We want family members to know their loved ones are safe and secure here. It’s just a home away from home for them.”

Congratulations to the Adams Heritage Staff for all their hard work and dedication in meeting the mission of Adams Health Network, which is “Serving with Compassion and Excellence.”


ER Bedside Registration A New Service At Adams Memorial Hospital



Pictured above is Beth Bedwell, Patient Financial Representative/Patient Registration Manager of Adams Health Network


A new service to provide a speedier and more confidential registration process of patients at the Adams Memorial Hospital has been instituted recently by AMH officials.


Beth Bedwell, Director of Patient Registration at AMH, said the new procedure will allow a patient needing emergency treatment to come to the ER Reception desk, provide basic information such as name and date of birth, be given an ID bracelet, be triaged by a staff member and then be taken to a room if available.

AMH has recently hired additional personnel in the Registration department which will allow for two Registrars to be on duty in the Emergency Room Registration area. After the patient has been taken back to the room, one of our Registrars will take a portable computer on wheels directly to the patient’s bedside where our Registrars will be able to complete the registration process, scan patient photo ID and insurance cards and obtain authorization signatures in a more relaxed, personable and HIPAA-friendly atmosphere.


“This is a big addition to customer service by being able to provide this type of registration. Some other area hospitals are already performing this service and it provides a greater degree of privacy for our patients in a more relaxed atmosphere.” Bedwell said.


The training process for the new Registrars is currently taking place. Bedwell said in the near future it is anticipated that the Registrars will collect co-pays from patients whose insurance policy requires one for the emergency room and assist in starting the process for uninsured patients to apply for financial assistance.


“We’ve never been able to offer this type of E.R. bedside service before and I think it will be very well received by our patients,” Bedwell said, adding the Registrars will also be able to act as a “go-between” with the patients and staff.


Drop Box Payments

Officials with the Adams Memorial Hospital announced today that for the convenience of their patients, payments for hospital bills may soon be deposited at the drop box located in the alley adjacent to City Hall in downtown Decatur.

Currently, residents receiving city water bills may utilize the drop box to pay their monthly bill, thus saving the cost of a postage stamp. AMH officials said Decatur Mayor John Schultz agreed to let the hospital use the drop box and payments for hospital bills may be placed there effective March 12th.
Hospital officials said no cash payments should be placed in the deposit envelope and there should be something on the outside of the envelope marking it as a hospital payment.


The hospital also accepts payments online at, in person at the cashier’s desk in the hospital lobby or via the mail.


Mammography Grant

A grant received from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) will allow the Adams Memorial Hospital to provide free mammograms to low income women in the area it was announced today by IBCAT and AMH officials.

Beth A. Knapp, executive director of IBCAT, said the mission of her group is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. IBCAT grants are 100 percent funded through the purchase of specialty license plates for breast cancer awareness in Indiana.
AMH radiology director Julie Zimmerman noted women who exceed the 150 percent federal poverty level are eligible to receive a free mammogram at the hospital along with a diagnostic reading by a board-certified radiologist. Women should call the AMH Central Scheduling Department at 724-2145, ext. 1507 to see if they qualify and to schedule the exam.

An IBCAT press release noted over $2 million has been distributed since 2002 in competitively-awarded grants for screening mammograms for women in medically underserved population areas in Indiana.

Knapp added that persons who purchase the specialty license plate for breast cancer awareness may take $25 of the $40 fee on their taxes as a charitable deduction, as the laws allow. Plates may be purchased for use on passenger cars, trucks, recreational vehicles up to 11,000 pounds, and motorcycles.


Adams Woodcrest Hires New Long Term Care Administrator

The interim administrator at the Woodcrest Retirement Center in Decatur has had the word “interim” removed from his title as Adams Health Network (AHN) president and chief executive officer Tom Nordwick recently announced that Bill Watson has been appointed vice president of long-term care for AHN.
Watson’s position became effective earlier this month and his duties will include being a member of the senior leadership team at AHN, serving as executive director for the Woodcrest Retirement Center, and oversight responsibility for Adams-Evergreen and Adams-Heritage (the assisted living unit and Monroeville nursing home) operated by AHN.

With over 30 years of experience in nursing home administration and long term care, Watson has spent the past several months at Woodcrest in an interim position. His first nursing home administrative job was landed in 1981 and in 2003, he and his wife, Jan, started a company known as Compliance Management Associates LLC where he would work as an interim fill-in for nursing homes and long-term care facilities around the United States. He is a licensed administrator in five states and he said while he has seen the “bad and the horribly ugly” situations that exist in some nursing homes, he called Woodcrest “a very, very nice facility with a lot of positive things going for it and a lot to work with.”

Watson and his wife currently live in Noblesville and “down the road” are interested in moving to Adams County. He said that after years of constant travel of “flying out on Monday, staying in hotels, and then coming back on Friday” made him look for a place to establish roots and that the Woodcrest position is the type of job he’s excited about filling.

“At this time in my life, the travel doesn’t excite me anymore. Most of the things here at Woodcrest are in good shape, but like any building, there is room for improvement,” Watson noted, adding a recent Indiana State Department of Health survey was “dramatically better” than last year. He also alluded to surveys which show most areas of Woodcrest “rated highly” and agreed that Woodcrest has the same problem that the “industry as a whole has” with not enough staff.

“Still, our service level is good. We have very good nurses and CNAs and it’s on their backs that we build our reputation,” he stressed, adding “I am very excited to be here because I believe Adams Health Network is a quality provider.”

The future for long term care in the country remains a question mark with the advent of Obamacare soon to have an effect. “Now it’s mandated and it’s not going away. How we operate our long term care facilities will certainly be affected. We just don’t know yet to what degree. It appears nursing homes will be competing with hospitals for Medicare dollars and it always seems there are fewer dollars available.”

Watson said he could envision several large scale projects on the horizon. For example, electronic medical records will be instituted at both Adams-Woodcrest and Adams-Heritage, a move that will undoubtedly be very costly. The relationship with the hospital pharmacy will no longer exist and another pharmaceutical company will be providing prescriptions for residents. He also said that down the road he would not be surprised to see an expansion of both nursing homes.


Behavioral Health Classes and Information


Adams Memorial Hospital offers 2 locations for confidential outpatient counseling services in Decatur and Bern. The Resource Centers were developed with privacy and professionalism in mind. Services are available for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Counseling is provided by therapists and social workers. The Resource Centers specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety Issues, Depression, Family Issues, Eating Disorders, ADHD, Grief/Loss, Alcohol/Drug Issues, and Life Changes. To schedule an appointment in Decatur call 728-3906. To schedule an appointment in Berne call 589-2442.


Freedom From Smoking Classes…

Open to the community. New classes start every 8 weeks. Call John Gibson at 724-2145 x 3404


Court-ordered Tobacco Education Classes…

Offered on an on-going basis. Call John Gibson at 724-2145 x3404 for more information.