LAFAYETTE – Franciscan Alliance announces the launch of Franciscan Physician Network in Tippecanoe, Montgomery, White, Clinton and Fountain counties on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 – a move which unites the system’s growing number of employed doctors.
Franciscan Physician Network (FPN) has more than 750 physicians at 260 practice locations, who care for more than 3 million patients annually. This new organization brings together, under one name, the many physician groups associated with Franciscan Alliance’s hospitals and various access points all across the system.
“Franciscan Physician Network is the brand name of a corporate-led effort to more closely align separately employed physician groups throughout our system,” said Albert P. Tomchaney, M.D., chief medical officer for the Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance. “This network redesigns health care delivery and provides stellar care for patients in a more efficient manner.”
Planning and formation of Franciscan Physician Network has been under way for nearly a year.
“Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health and our associated physician groups have a rich and long-standing history of delivering mission-focused, quality care to everyone who comes through the doors of our facilities,” said Terry Wilson, President and CEO of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health. “Working together under a single name and a single health care mission, Franciscan Physician Network draws from the collaborative experience of hundreds of highly skilled physicians to inspire health in the communities we serve.”
The following physician groups are now part of Franciscan Physician Network:
- Sigma Medical Group – West Central Indiana
- Woman’s Clinic – Lafayette
- Lafayette OB/GYN – Lafayette
- Premier Healthcare for Women – Lafayette
- Athens Medical Group – Crawfordsville
- St. Clare Medical Group – Crawfordville
The name changes to the practices will be effective Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Franciscan Physician Network offices in Lafayette, West Lafayette, Monticello, Mulberry, Crawfordsville and Hillsboro.
Franciscan Physician Network locations also are enhancing their services through use of the EpicCare electronic medical records system, MyChart, which provides physicians and patients faster access to information and a secure link between doctors’ offices and hospitals.
Once all of these physician groups implement Epic, patients will be able to access their medical records free of charge from physician office and hospital visits through Epic’s MyChart system. MyChart also provides reference materials to help patients understand their conditions and to answer questions. Likewise, MyChart allows patients to request or schedule physician appointments.
To learn more visit FranciscanDocs.org.