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Horizon Bank donates to women’s shelter

Horizon Bank in Michigan City donated $7,500 to Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, an emergency shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The shelter will use the money to offset the cost of everyday expenses that can sometimes be an obstacle of its services. “Horizon is happy to provide financial assistance for the Stepping Stone Shelter, to help with operational costs,” said Jim Neff, president of Horizon Bank. “This organization is an invaluable resource in supporting women and children in our community. Their assistance helps save and improve lives every day.”

Franciscan Alliance, Adult and Child Health announce partnership

Franciscan Health Indianapolis and Adult and Child Health have partnered to better address the needs of people in Central Indiana. As part of the partnership, Franciscan Health, which provides faith-based health care, will transfer ownership and operation of a health clinic it has managed since 1997 to Adult and Child Health. Beyond the transition of the health clinic, Franciscan Health and Adult and Child Health will still work to improve communication and coordination of care for their shared patients, with the hope of closing health care gaps in underserved and low-income communities.

Indiana Wesleyan receives accreditation

The business and accounting degrees within the DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University-National and Global (IWU) recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The accreditation will last for 10 years. ACBSP accredits programs that have at least one graduating class, have collected data and assessed the program for three cycles and meet accreditation standards. In addition, the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accounting programs also received a separate accreditation from ACBSP.

Facility undergoing renovation

Aspire Indiana/Aspire Indiana Health’s federally qualified health center in Anderson is currently undergoing a $1.35 million reconstruction update. The health center will be partially closed, but services won’t be interrupted throughout the renovation. The project will reconfigure the interior of the building with a streamlined layout. 

New resource for Hoosiers with disabilities

AWS Foundation created the Indiana Disability Resource FINDER, a free online program developed with the state of Indiana and nonprofit organizations to connect those with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities, their families and caregivers to services and programs to support them. FINDER gives 24/7 access to almost 2,000 service providers across the state.

Fitch gives highest rating to Community Justice Campus 

The Indianapolis Public Improvement Bond Bank’s two Community Justice Campus (CJC) bonds received a AAA rating, the highest rating possible, from Fitch Ratings Service. The bonds, 2019A and 2019B, total more than $623 million and will fund the consolidated adult detention facility and courthouse and an assessment and intervention center, which will be built on a 140-acre site.

Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce hires new executive director

Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce hired Joey Amato as the new executive director. Formed in 2002, the bi-partisan Indy Rainbow Chamber is an organization for LGBTQ business owners, employees and allies. The organization promotes Indianapolis and Central Indiana as a welcoming place to live, conduct business and visit.

Oak Street Health partners with Lyft

Oak Street Health has partnered with ride-sharing service Lyft to improve access to health care for Medicare recipients in Indianapolis. The service will be available at all four locations in the city. Oak Street Health already has complimentary transportation for patients to get to and from their appointments, which over half of the clinic’s patients use, but when those vans are in high demand an employee can schedule a ride through Lyft. A pilot program began in September 2018 and more than 100 patients used the service in January. “Partnering with Lyft ensures that accessibility will never be a barrier for Medicare beneficiaries in the Indianapolis community seeking quality primary care,” said Brian Clem, president of Oak Street Health Indiana and Ohio. “Lyft shares our commitment to improving the lives of others, and we’re excited to keep seeing a positive impact with the program.”

DeKalb Health, Parkview Health become partners

DeKalb Health and Parkview Health announced a strategic partnership that will expand health care services in DeKalb County. DeKalb Health is a 56-bed, acute health care facility that will benefit from the much larger Parkview Health that serves northeast Indiana and parts of northwest Ohio. “The decision to affiliate with Parkview Health will allow us to carry on our mission in a time where the health care industry is radically changing,” said Tasha Eicher, president and CEO of DeKalb Health. “We are looking forward to partnering with a health system that has demonstrated their commitment to high quality care and lives out their mission to provide excellent care to every person, every day. We believe the affiliation will strengthen our ability to provide high quality care to DeKalb County and preserve our service to the community for many years to come.”

Steel Dynamics acquires Texas company

Steel Dynamics in Fort Wayne acquired United Steel Supply, which is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and is a leading manufacturer of flat roll steel used for roofing and siding. Steel Dynamics purchased 75 percent of the equity interests of United Steel Supply for $134 million and has the option to purchase the remaining 25 percent in the future. “We enthusiastically welcome the employees and customers of United Steel Supply into the Steel Dynamics family,” said Mark Millett, president and CEO of Steel Dynamics. “… We look forward to growing with United Steel Supply and to providing our high-quality flat roll steel directly to this important market segment.”