The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Annual Report: Health & Public Service

March 28, 2012

Small practices important for many patients

Proximity to medical care can be a major concern for anyone. That holds even more true for senior citizens, who often lack the ability or means to travel longer distances.

It is one of the reason Karen Trennepohl does what she does. Trennepohl is a nurse practitioner with the peripheral vascular line of CorVasc, affiliated with St. John’s-St. Vincent Health System. CorVasc treats patients with cardiac and vascular disease. With her working from an office in St. John’s Anderson means that most of

Trennepohl’s patients do not have to travel to Indianapolis for appointments.

The practice opened in July of 2011 and is located in the Roby Building. “Our goal when starting this was to provide service for Madison County residents,” she said. “It’s a specialty practice for patients with vascular disease and since most of the people we see are older it becomes very important that they can stay closer to home. We’re proud

that we can provide this service right at our patients’ backdoor.”

About one in three people over the age of 70 have vascular disease, which also affects nearly five percent of the population over 50 — or about 10 million people in the United States.

Since vascular disease is largely incurable, patients must work to manage their symptoms. Trennepohl pointed out that being close to the facility makes a big difference when it comes to preventative care.

“Since this disease just doesn’t go away, we are seeing most of our patients on a long-term basis,” she said. “There’s a lot of patient education involved. We have to be there for them all the time. And if we’re close to them, our patients are going to be more likely to adhere to their diets, keep their appointments and come to us if they need to.”

Trennepohl’s hope is that smaller specialty practices become more common in the area to more effectively serve those in need of care. A similar practice is also present at St. Vincent Mercy in Elwood.

“Our patients seem very appreciative that we’re close for them,” she said. “I’ve had many people tell me that if we weren’t here they wouldn’t be able to make their appointments. That makes a big difference.”

1
Text Only
Annual Report: Health & Public Service
  • 0323 news AU 029.jpg Ivy Tech, AU engage students in community

    Though Ivy Tech is a system divided into 14 statewide regions with a total of hundreds of educational sites, community-based programs like the clinic help anchor a campus to a specific locality.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1223_news_Brown_02.jpg Brown leads student volunteers

    Many people don’t really know what the Urban League of Madison County has to offer their community. But Lindsay Brown, the organization’s president and CEO, hopes that will change soon.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1217 United Way 1.jpg Nonprofits rethinking the way they do business in today's economy

    United Way of Madison County president Nancy Vaughan has banded together with other local nonprofit organizations, business and local government agencies to find ways to stretch every dollar her organization receives.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • 0305 news Operation Love food bank18a.jpg Operation Love has big goals

    Operation Love Ministries may not have a huge budget, but the power of a large volunteer group and helpful spirit help the faith-based nonprofit have a giant impact in the lives of those it seeks to help.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • 4 AR_School budget story 23a.jpg Madison County school districts weather ups and downs

    It was another year of ups and downs for Madison County schools as some districts reaped the benefits of legislation like school choice while others suffered from it.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • Buck struggles with South Madison budget

    With the economy in a recession, schools such as South Madison are facing many challenges with budget cuts.

    March 28, 2012

  • 1015 news do something 034.jpg Area churches hope to spread message through outreach programs

    As the area’s largest and most visible church, Madison Park Church of God claims a membership of well over 2,000 people. However, the county as a whole is somewhat behind when it comes to religious presence.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • Main Street ministry small but full of life

    Anderson’s Main Street Church of God has been around for nearly one hundred years. Lately, the congregation has been reinvigorated with new members and a spirit of outreach, proving that you can indeed “teach an old church new tricks.”

    March 28, 2012

  • Local unions fight for fair wages, benefits

    For the past 20 years, the firefighters union has been a right-to-work union, according to John Smith, president of the Anderson Firefighters Local 1262. Despite this, there has been a 98 percent involvement rate among firefighters in Indiana.

    March 28, 2012

  • 2 AR_Scott Calhoun FOP president 06a.jpg Unions seek to make city government more efficient

    With the passage of House Bill 1001, unions are prohibited from forcing workers to join or pay dues and fees to a labor union. The bill was mired in controversy, which included a walkout by many democratic legislators during last year's session.

    March 28, 2012 1 Photo

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Generally speaking, how good are relations among people of different races in the Anderson area?

Very good
Good
OK
Bad
Very bad
     View Results