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Bloomington Herald-Times

May 2, 2011

IU Health acquires Southern Indiana Pediatrics and Orthopedics of Southern Indiana
Doctors' groups becoming part of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians
By Dann Denny
April 30, 2011, last update: 4/30 @ 12:05 am

On Sunday, two well-known Bloomington physician groups -- Southern Indiana Pediatrics and Orthopedics of Southern Indiana -- will officially become part of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, formerly the Southern Indiana Medical Group.

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, which has 16 family practice and internal medicine providers working at locations in Bloomington, Ellettsville, Spencer, Gosport, Nashville and French Lick, will acquire the assets of the two practices on that date.

"We are not buying the entire practices, but buying their assets and offering employment contracts to the physicians and staff under one umbrella -- IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians," said Dr. Ken Marshall, chief medical officer at IU Health Bloomington and chairman of the IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians board of directors.

Marshall said patients will notice virtually no changes at the two practices, which will keep their current locations, physicians, staff, phone numbers and hours.

The addition of the two physician groups will expand the services offered by IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians to include comprehensive pediatric care as well as orthopedic services, such as joint replacement, sports medicine and hand surgery.

"We are thrilled to be integrating specialty care into IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians," Marshall said. "We believe it will create more efficiencies in the system for our physicians and help provide for more coordinated care for our patients."

Marshall said by working together, pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons and primary care providers can eliminate costly and unnecessary duplications of effort.

"They can all share medical records," he said. "That means, for example, that an orthopedic surgeon won't order X-rays that a pediatrician already has."

Sandy DeWeese, Southern Indiana Pediatrics' administrator who last week became chief operating officer of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, said the integration also will strengthen the relationships among providers, patients and parents -- ensuring that everyone is better informed about treatments and therapies.

"The affilation makes sense for us," she said. "We strongly believe in a cooperative model, and putting all these pieces together in one system enables patients to be cared for in a comprehensive way."

Southern Indiana Pediatrics, founded in 1995 by pediatricians James Laughlin, Debra McDaniel and Richard Malone, has four offices -- two in Bloomington, one in Ellettsville and one in Bedford. The Bloomington office at 350 Landmark Drive includes an urgent care clinic.

The four offices are staffed with 15 pediatricians and five pediatric nurse practitioners. Last year they handled 127,000 patient visits.

Orthopedics of Southern Indiana has eight surgeons and advanced practice providers who do orthopedic and sports medicine surgery. Last year the practice had 18,505 office visits and performed 6,768 surgeries.

Laughlin, medical director of Southern Indiana Pediatrics, said being part of IU Health Bloomington and Riley Hospital provides Southern Indiana Pediatrics with "a greater opportunity to provide significant leadership in transforming the delivery of health care in our community and region for the benefit of our patients."

He said Southern Indiana Pediatrics physicians see the Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health Bloomington Hospital as their natural partners.

"Our goal has been to develop a network of care for children throughout our area that provides excellent care both in our office settings, but also for those children who need to be hospitalized and/or receive pediatric sub-specialty care," he said.

Dr. Tim Steiner, medical director of Orthopedics of Southern Indiana, said becoming part of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians is a logical move.

"Because a large part of general medical care involves musculoskeletal problems, we believe that Orthopedics of Southern Indiana is a natural fit with adult and pediatric primary care as the foundation for the region's IU Health network," he said.

Marshall called DeWeese's promotion to chief operating officer of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians "icing on the cake."

"We are grateful to have her," he said. "Southern Indiana Pediatrics is a role model for how a physician practice should operate and care for its patients. We're looking forward to Sandy joining our team and helping us improve all of our practices."

Journalism students score big in Hearst competition
By Mike Leonard
May 1, 2011

The IU School of Journalism has won the prestigious Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition for the second year in a row and will receive its national award in June in San Francisco.

The Hearst awards often are considered the "Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism." The IU school is celebrating 100 years of journalism education in 2011, so these awards are particularly meaningful, said Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the school.

"This year will rank as one of the most remarkable in school history for our undergraduate journalism program," Hamm said. "Never before in one year has the school captured the overall Hearst national championship in writing, had IU students win two of Hearst's six writing competitions and had a student selected as the Indiana collegiate journalist of the year."

Five inducted into state journalism hall of fame
By Bethany Nolan
May 1, 2011

The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame recently inducted five new members.

Established in 1966 to recognize and honor journalists who have significantly contributed to the profession through their careers and communities, the Hall of Fame is housed at Indiana University.

Jack Backer: As publisher of the Indiana Daily Student, Backer guided the student newspaper's transition from a school-controlled classroom lab to a fully independent news organization paying its own way and dealing with decision-making issues. His work became a model for other collegiate newspapers around the country.

J. Bruce Baumann: As editor of the Evansville Courier and Press, he led the newspaper to two Hoosier State Press Association Blue Ribbon awards. Baumann, now retired, still works in news as producer of the online Posey Magazine and teaches at Southern Illinois University.

Bill Nangle: During Nangle's time as executive editor, the Times of Northwest Indiana won the Hoosier State Press Association's Blue Ribbon status seven times. He suggested a state project to test the effectiveness of the state's public access laws, which resulted in the creation of the public access counselor's office.

Clay Trusty: The late Indianapolis News journalist headed the Indiana Plan to nurture young college journalists through internships. Trusty was also honored as an outstanding reporter while a student at Butler University and received Distinguished Service awards from both Ball State University and Alpha Phi Gamma journalism fraternity.

Charles Werner: The late editorial cartoonist at the Indianapolis Star for five decades also won the 1951 National Headliners Club award and eight Freedom Foundation awards. At 29, he was the youngest person in his field to win a Pulitzer Prize when he won for his 1938 editorial cartoon depicting the end of Czechoslovakia as a result of the Munich Agreement which ceded Sudetenland to Hitler.

Comic icon Jon Stewart headlines IU Auditorium's 2011-2012 lineup
By Nicole Brooks
May 1, 2011, last update: 5/1 @ 6:11 pm

You can dub several shows in the IU Auditorium's 2011-2012 season special and exciting, but, really, one jumps to the forefront -- because how many Jon Stewarts are there?

"It's something we've been working on for over four years," Auditorium director Doug Booher said of booking Stewart, who visits Bloomington for one night only in September. "It's a great booking because, obviously, he's a comedic icon of the times."

Overall, the "artistic integrity of the season is stellar," Booher said. It includes performances by Bernadette Peters, several family friendly shows, a visit from Anthony Bourdain, a Venezuelan choral group and more.

So here, at a glance, is the Auditorium's lineup.


Bernadette Peters

8 p.m. Sept. 23

$38-$65 public, $20-$51 IU students

The Tony Award-winning Broadway and movie star will perform a variety of stage hits for the Auditorium's season opener. Her stage presence is both sultry and warm, Booher said. He's seen her perform, and said the audience is sure to walk away feeling not only entertained, but as if they made a new friend.

Jon Stewart

8 p.m. Sept. 30

$49-$59 public, $23-$59 IU students

"The Daily Show" host will perform a traditional stand-up show. For mature audiences.

SFJAZZ Collective

8 p.m. Oct. 22

$23-$28 public, $13-$19 IU students

The eight-person San Francisco jazz group each year chooses to focus on one composer, giving a new feel to the music while remaining true to the original jazz master. This time around, the collective is honoring Stevie Wonder. They'll play hits including "Superstition," "My Cherie Amour" and "Sire Duke," as well as lesser-known tunes such as "Race Babbling" and "Creepin."

Dennis James Hosts Halloween

7:30 p.m. Oct. 27

$14-$19 public, $8-$16 IU students

A family friendly tradition continues when organist and IU alumnus Dennis James returns to accompany the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera" with his own musical score.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela

8 p.m. Nov. 1

$23-$28 public, $13-$19 IU students

"That one's kind of near and dear," Booher said of the visit from this choral group, which he said is also a "great social experiment." Founded in 1967, the ensemble has recruited young people from Venezuela's poorest neighborhoods and elevated their lives through song.

The specialized choral ensemble performs Venezuelan and Latin American traditional music. Booher said he hopes local audiences will take a chance and attend this show, as they'll be well rewarded.

Shrek the Musical

7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17

$38-$60 public, $20-$41 IU students

You've seen the movies -- now comes the musical stage version of the story of the swamp-dwelling ogre, Shrek. The family friendly show is based on the first "Shrek" movie.

Chimes of Christmas

7:30 p.m. Dec. 7

$14-$20 public, $11-$15 IU students

A holiday tradition since the 1950s, the Chimes of Christmas show features performances by the IU Jacobs School of Music's vocal ensemble the Singing Hoosiers, the IU Wind Ensemble and the Trombone Choir. Regulars will be happy to know the audience-participation sing-a-longs and a visit from a singing Santa will return.


7:30 p.m. Jan. 27-28

$38-$60 public, $20-$41 IU students

The multi-talented cast of "Stomp" speak no words, but tell a story through movement and percussive music, using hubcaps and paint cans, work boots, tractor tires and more.

Evidence, A Dance Company

8 p.m. Feb. 4

$20-$35 public, $10-$30 IU students

This Brooklyn-based modern dance company, founded in 1985 by director Ronald Brown, seeks to "promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and story-telling," according to Evidence's mission statement. At the Auditorium, the company will perform "On Earth Together," set to -- yes -- Stevie Wonder songs.

"Stevie Wonder in the fall, Stevie Wonder in the spring," Booher said with glee. It was a happy coincidence, and "I'm excited to see how each ensemble treats and interprets the music."

Evidence dancers plan to spend some time with students on campus during their visit to Bloomington, Booher said.

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

8 p.m. Feb. 16

$33-$53 public, $18-$48 IU students

Bad boy chef and TV show host Bourdain and French chef Eric Ripert will share stories behind their books and travels. Bourdain, known for his Emmy Award-winning Travel Channel program "No Reservations," and Ripert, who heads the NYC restaurant Le Bernardin, will also take part in a Q&A with the audience. For mature audiences.

In The Heights

8 p.m. Feb. 28-29

$38-$60 public, $20-$41 IU students

This hip-hop and Latin music-infused musical tells a story of the members of a close-knit Latin immigrant community in New York City. Booher said this show will particularly appeal to Bloomington's student population. "It's about the struggles of parents to make a better life for their kids," he said. It's an uplifting story of three generations trying to find home.

South Pacific

8 p.m. March 27-28

$38-$60 public, $20-$41 IU students

This production of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical was adapted from the Lincoln Center revival, Booher notes, and is "lush" in its sets and costumes. The orchestrations have been refreshed, as well, he said.

European Union Youth Orchestra

7 p.m. April 22

$29-$49 public, $15-$29 IU students

This ensemble, around since 1976, is made up of 18- to 29-year-old musicians. It boasts that it is the only orchestra in the world to contain members from all 27 European Union countries. Celebrated conductor-pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy directs.

Young Frankenstein

8 p.m. April 26-27

$38-$60 public, $20-$41 IU students

The zinger-filled madcap musical comedy is based on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 film. This Broadway version debuted in 2007, with Brooks drafting the music and lyrics and Susan Stroman directing and choreographing. Booher said it ends the season on a high note, much like "Spamalot" wrapped up the 2010-2011 season.

Find more about these shows, including performance clips, online at

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Tickets for the Auditorium's 2011-2012 season are available online at, by calling 812-855-1103, or by visiting the box office, 1211 E. Seventh St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.