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Community Howard Regional Health lifts visitor restrictions

April 13, 2016 – Community Howard Regional Health announced today that visitor restrictions at the hospital had been lifted due to a steady decline in the number of reported influenza cases.

Regular hospital visitation policies have now resumed at both main campus and Community Howard Specialty Hospital. Visitor restrictions are also being lifted at all Community Health Network Indianapolis-area hospitals. The temporary restrictions had been in place at area hospitals since March 11.

Community Howard thanks its patients and visitors for their cooperation in helping to implement the temporary restrictions as part of our commitment to ensuring patient safety.

During cold and flu season, all visitors to the hospital are still encouraged to follow good hand washing techniques and cover their coughs. Visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay home until they have recovered from their illness.

Community Howard Regional Health implements temporary visitor restrictions due to increased flu activity

Due to increased flu activity, Community Howard Regional Health will implement temporary visitor restrictions at its Lafountain Road hospital location and also at Community Howard Specialty Hospital on North Dixon Road.

The temporary visitor policy goes into effect Friday, March 11. Community Howard is working closely with other Community Health Network hospitals in central Indiana, which will also implement restrictions beginning Friday.

The following restrictions will be implemented at Community Howard:

  • No visitors with flu-like illness, fever or cough
  • No visitors under age 18
  • No visitors other than patient’s immediate family, partner, significant other or spiritual counselor

“The safety of the patients under our care at Community Howard is always our top priority,” said Joe Hooper, president, Community Howard Regional Health. “This is a temporary and precautionary measure that will help us maintain a healthy environment for those patients.”

The visitor restrictions will remain in place until Community Howard officials determine they should be lifted based on local flu activity. All visitors that come to Community Howard are encouraged to be vigilant about hand washing and covering coughs.

George Mast joins Community Howard Regional Health as new communications, public relations contact

March 10, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that George Mast has joined the region as its new manager of communications and public relations. Mast replaces Al Larsen, who was recently named executive director of content and communications for Community Health Network.

Mast comes to Community Howard from the New Jersey Senate Minority Office in Trenton, N.J., where he served as deputy director of communications. Prior to that, Mast worked as a reporter for newspapers in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Dover, Del. Mast has a bachelor of arts from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Deshini Moonesinghe named chief medical officer for Community Howard Regional Health

January 25, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that Deshini Moonesinghe, MD, FACP, has been named senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Howard Region.

Dr. Moonesinghe, a Community Physician Network provider, will be part of a dyad leadership arrangement, in partnership with Community Howard president Joe Hooper. Dr. Moonesinghe will work with Hooper, the Community Howard senior leadership team, the region’s employed and independent providers, and other clinicians across all product lines and sites of care in the region.

“Dr. Moonesinghe brings a wealth of talent and leadership skills to this role,” said Hooper. “Those skills, coupled with her commitment to our ‘patients-first’ approach, made her an ideal candidate to lead our medical staff. We are very pleased to welcome her to our senior leadership team.”

Dr. Moonesinghe has been serving as lead hospitalist at Community Howard Regional Health. She has been responsible for inpatient admission, diagnosis, treatment, and discharge, as well as patient and family education, and coordination of care management with subspecialties.

She has been employed at Community Howard since completing her internal medicine residency and has been instrumental in starting the hospitalist program in 2010. She also brought the Life’s Journey inpatient palliative care program to Community Howard.

Dr. Moonesinghe was named physician of the year at Community Howard in 2014.

“I have great respect for the medical staff and the caregivers that comprise the Howard Region, and I am extremely honored to assume this leadership role among them,” said Moonesinghe. “I have always been very invested in the well-being of this community and I humbly embrace the opportunity to lead our growing and compassionate provider group.”

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