News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 1, 2013

Newsmakers: Sept. 1, 2013


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — After 35 years as pathologist for the Paris (Ill.) Community Hospital/Family Medical Center Laboratory, Dr. Asuncion U. DeWitt has no immediate plans to retire from the facility, though she is no longer a shared resource with Terre Haute.

For more than 20 years, DeWitt split her time between PCH/FMC and Terre Haute. On Jan. 1, she made a commitment to PCH/FMC.

DeWitt has worked at PCH/FMC as pathologist/medical director since 1978. She accepted a full-time position in Terre Haute in 1992, with responsibilities in anatomic pathology services. In that role, she examined slides of tissue samples from biopsy and surgical specimens to determine patients’ pathologic conditions and render diagnoses. These results were used to help determine patients’ proper treatment. On some occasions, she would also perform autopsies. On the clinical side of pathology services, she reviews abnormal blood smears and pap smears. Dewitt retired from her position in Terre Haute on Dec. 31, 2012.

At PCH/FMC, DeWitt’s main responsibilities involve clinical pathology services. “I function as the medical laboratory director,” she said. “I make sure the testing of patients’ samples is performed accurately and timely.”

Although ending her tenure in Terre Haute has not made a dramatic change to the PCH/FMC lab’s daily routine, it has made her more available in Paris.



Karen Nelson Heavin of Greencastle was recently elected to serve a one-year term as president of the board of directors for the Indiana FFA Foundation.

Heavin, a highly experienced community leader and effective FFA and agriculture education champion, currently serves as the student services coordinator for the Area 30 Career Center, where she teaches career and college development and English ECA remediation, and serves as the school’s career pathway coordinator to high school juniors and seniors from Cloverdale, Eminence, Greencastle, North Putnam and South Putnam schools.

Heavin is a former member of the South Putnam FFA Chapter in District VII, and served as Indiana FFA Association state president in 1991-92. She is a recipient of the Hoosier Farmer Degree and American FFA Degree.

In addition to Heavin’s leadership role with Indiana FFA, she serves as a Warren Township trustee in Putnam County, director for the Putnam County Community Foundation Board and chairman of the Putnam County Lilly Scholarship Selection Committee.

Heavins also helps operate a 130-acre cattle farm with her father, Darywn Nelson, in Putnam County. She is a graduate of Franklin College.

In addition to Heavin, other newly elected officers were John Bradley, division manager for CSX Transportation, and Raylee Honeycutt, marketing coordinator for CountryMark, as vice president and secretary, respectively. Bryan Webb, accountant for Damping Technologies Inc., was re-elected as treasurer.

The Indiana FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Indiana FFA organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 10,000 student members in grades seven through 12, who belong to one of 200 local FFA chapters across Indiana.



French Funeral Home in Brazil has been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association with the 2013 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only 153 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing the funeral home among an elite group of providers. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards, and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.

To earn an NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Participants are also required to adhere to a pledge of ethical practices.

For more information, visit www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence.