News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 22, 2013

ON THE MOVE: Sept. 22, 2013

Old National Bank has hired David Sprigg as vice president of commercial banking. He is serving the Wabash Valley areas of Clark and Edgar counties in Illinois, as well as Vigo, Clay and Sullivan counties in Indiana. Before joining Old National, Sprigg served as vice president of commercial lending for First Farmers Bank & Trust in Paris, Ill. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo.

Sprigg currently serves in the community as a director of the Enerstar Cooperative and the Tax Increment Financing District Committee in Paris. Previously, he served on the board of the Human Resource Center, the Emmaus and Great Banquet Communities and First Christian Church of Marshall, Ill.


BLOOMFIELD — Daniel Sichting, superintendent of the Bloomfield School District, is the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents 2014 District IV Superintendent of the Year.

Winners are selected by other superintendents in their district who consider the qualifications and accomplishments of area colleagues and their instructional leadership in a time of limited financial resources.

The Bloomfield School District serves a diverse population of 950 rural and urban students. Enrollment in the district has recently declined, reducing tuition support funding by $850,000 since 2009. Sichting and school board members found creative ways for the district to survive and ensure academic excellence. The district has reduced staffing through attrition and hiring practices. Sichting saved the district more than $200,000 when employee consensus resulted in a switch from private health insurance to the Hoosier Heartland Health Insurance Trust.

In 2012, Bloomfield Elementary School and the district received an “A” letter grade, and Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School received a “B” from the Indiana Department of Education. Students have access to multiple dual-college credits through Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University. The district’s 2011 valedictorian entered college with 70 college credits earned while a student in the Bloomfield district.

Sichting has been Bloomfield superintendent since 2006. He previously served as an administrator at Western Wayne Schools and the MSD of Martinsville, Ill.

Sichting received a bachelor of arts degree from Franklin College and earned his master’s and educational specialist degrees from Indiana State.

One of the eight district winners will represent Indiana in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program.

District IV West Central includes Benton, Clay, Fountain, Greene, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren counties.


PARIS, Ill. — Morteza Farasat MD, a board-certified cardiologist, is now seeing patients twice a month at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center as a visiting specialty physician.

Farasat is affiliated with Carle Physician Group in Urbana, Ill. As a cardiologist, he specializes in treating conditions of the heart, including cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He sees patients in the PCH/FMC Visiting Specialty Clinic on Wednesdays.

Farasat earned his medical degree at Islamic Azad University in Tabriz, Iran. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, the American Registry of Diagnostic Ultrasound (RPVI) and the National Board of Echocardiography.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farasat, call 800-451-4330.


Union Associated Physicians Clinic announces that Dr. Chirag Patel has joined the UAP Clinic healthcare team as the newest member of the Ophthalmology Department.

Patel earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his Internship at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and his residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He completed a fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I’m excited about returning to Terre Haute and working with the UAP ophthalmology team to serve the needs of the Wabash Valley. It’s great to work at a place where excellence in patient care is our No. 1 priority,” Patel said.

The UAP Clinic Eye Center is at 422 Poplar St. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, call 812-242-3700.


Shondra Barrett has been named executive director of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made by the executive committee and President Justin Campbell. Barrett began her new position on Sept. 9, working closely with former Executive Director Molly Tipton for a transition period. In August, Tipton told the board of her plans to step down.

“Shondra’s vision for the future of the Chamber and the Brazil/Clay County area community are a great match with that of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce,” said Campbell.

Barrett will manage the daily activities and special functions of the chamber, including all administrative and fiscal responsibilities. She will also implement short- and long-term objectives for the chamber and cultivate relationships with area businesses.

Barrett said, “The area is poised for growth, which makes this opportunity to serve both a privilege and a challenge. I am committed to ensuring the chamber’s continued success and also the betterment of the Clay County community.”

Barrett comes to the chamber as a native of the Wabash Valley with strong ties to the Clay County community. She most recently completed an internship at St. Ann’s Clinic in Terre Haute, where she assisted in managing the daily activities, fundraising and grant-writing while serving closely to the executive director. She has a bachelor of science degree from Indiana State.


Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics, a Connect Hearing company, welcomes Laurie Miranda, M.A., CCC-A, a licensed audiologist, to its Terre Haute office. Miranda comes to Professional Hearing with more than 27 years of experience. She received her Master’s degree in audiology from the University of Illinois. Miranda has extensive audiology experience with patients from infants to adults. She began her career at United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, Ill., before moving to the Indianapolis area, where she worked at St. Vincent Hospital for 16 years. She then left the hospital setting and worked for an ENT practice and private audiology clinic before coming to Professional Hearing.

Call Professional Hearing at 812-232-4700 to schedule an appointment with Miranda. The firm also welcomes hearing aids purchased at other clinics that need to be repaired or evaluated for proper fit.

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