Community Howard recognizes Judge Parry for work with behavioral health community
May 19, 2016—The Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council for Community Howard Regional Health Behavioral Health Services recognized Howard County Superior Court II Judge Brant Parry and Lindsey Abell, RN, on May 18 evening with its annual Freedom Award. Freedom Awards are presented each year to a staff member as well as a community member.
The community award is presented each year to a business, industry, organization, group or individual that has advanced the cause of behavioral health, benefited those suffering from a mental illness, or contributed to the mission of Community Howard Regional Health Behavioral Health Services. Read more >>
Community Howard begins offering state-of-the-art melanoma cancer treatment
May 12, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today it will begin treating certain melanoma cancer patients with the first-ever oncolytic immunotherapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“At Community Howard we take in pride in giving patients convenient access to cutting-edge therapies,” said Dr. John Salter, a Community Physician Network board-certified hematologist and medical oncologist. “While not a cure, this is an exciting, non-invasive treatment option for certain melanoma patients.” Read more >>
Renowned breast surgeon to provide services at Community Howard Regional Health
May 6, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that Dr. Robert Goulet Jr., MD, a highly accomplished breast surgeon and oncologist, is now performing consultations and surgeries at Community Howard Regional Health.
Goulet is a board certified general surgeon, specializing in breast surgical oncology. Goulet is a provider with Community Physician Network and the medical director of Community Health Network’s Community Breast Care program. He is now extending his services to Community Howard in Kokomo. Learn more >>
Community Howard Regional Health welcomes new pediatric orthopedic surgeon
April 28, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that Dr. Courtney Holland, a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has joined the hospital.
Dr. Holland joins orthopedic physicians Clifford Evans, Mohammad Nekoomaram and Joshua Kluetz at Community Howard Orthopedic Center, located at 3512 South Lafountain Street in Kokomo. Dr. Holland will treat both adults and children. Learn more >>
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.”