Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Charles Welker has been named chief executive officer at St. Ann Clinic, coming to the clinic after 22 years with Union Hospital.
The Wabash Valley Health Center Inc.’s board of directors received about two dozen résumés and chose Welker as the best, board chairman Peter Ciancone said. “We’re very pleased to have him take a leadership role in moving St. Ann Clinic forward in its new status as a Federally Qualified Health Center.”
At Union, Welker was system director of medical rehabilitation and therapeutics. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from Maryville College and a master of business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Welker said he intended to move the St. Ann Clinic forward while maintaining the spirit and core values that created it: to provide quality medical care to those in need in the community.
The clinic received a substantial federal grant in November to accompany its change of status, but will still need to raise funds and expand its capability to bill insurers to keep the clinic financially strong. It has also applied for and received authorization to accept Medicaid and Medicare patients.
St. Ann Clinic will provide both medical and dental care on a sliding fee scale to patients of all ages regardless of income starting March 1.
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Barbara Lucas has joined the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center as director.
Lucas previously worked at the Indiana State Department of Health, where she was director of the chronic respiratory disease section for more than five years. She previously spent two years as director of programs for the Indiana Youth Institute and 12 years as director of alternative education at the Indiana Department of Education.
While in Indianapolis, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indianapolis, University of Phoenix and Crossroads Bible College.
Additionally, she has developed and implemented program evaluations for several organizations and has written peer-reviewed publications related to health behaviors of street youths and alternative education programs in Indiana. She is a graduate of Purdue University.
Lucas succeeds Louise Anderson, who retired after serving as director since 2007.
The west-central Indiana center serves Vigo, Clay, Fountain, Greene, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Warren counties.
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Heidi Dahnke has joined the the Human Resources Center of Clark and Edgar counties in Illinois as a prevention specialist. She will teach youth prevention education classes in the two-county area.
HRC utilizes the Too Good for Drugs curriculum, which focuses on substance abuse prevention in youths. Dahnke also will help coordinate the iMentor program, which is currently operating in Martinsville schools for grades five and above.
HRC works closely with the CAMA Coalition, which sponsors prevention-related events and activities throughout the year.
Dahnke is a recent graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She played five years of collegiate women’s basketball while attending UIC. Dahnke attended Martinsville schools during her elementary through high school years.
The program is looking for any adult 18 years or older that can pass a background check and is interested in being a positive role model for a student in Martinsville schools.
For more details, contact HRC Prevention at 217-465-4118, ext. 286.