Franciscan Community Education’s ‘Lunch and Learn’ series | Local

RENSSELAER — Franciscan ACO and Franciscan Community Education are hosting a community “Lunch and Learn” series.

The series will meet multiple times throughout the year with the kick off beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. It will be from noon to 1 p.m., CST, in classrooms A and B at Franciscan Health Rensselaer, located at 1104 E. Grace Street. Light lunch will be provided.

This series is free, but registration is required and can be made by calling Franciscan Health Rensselaer Administration at (219) 866-2004. Registration is available for one session at a time or each session ahead of time.

Lunch and Learn topics and schedule:

• Feb. 13, 2019: “Life Balance” — Life so often flies by and the busy-ness of life can impact us in ways we don’t even realize. In this session, we have a therapist from Franciscan Health that will discuss how prioritizing and time management techniques can impact stress and how we can overcome the craziness of life using many of these techniques.

• May 15: “State of Healthcare” — Healthcare in the United States is in a seemingly constant state of change and each change brings with it the need to re-examine work flow and the best methods to providing excellent patient care and customer service. Staff from Franciscan Health’s Administrative team will present on the ever-changing state of healthcare and how Franciscan Health continues to adapt to these changes.

• Aug 14: “Medicare 101” — In the time leading up to open enrollment for Medicare plans, we will offer a session in which representatives from Franciscan Health Insurances Services will discuss the basics of Medicare, including Medicare Parts A — F, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans as well as life insurance and travel insurance plans. This session is perfect for the individual who will soon be turning 65, the family member helping someone turning 65 or even someone who has had Medicare for years, but wants to learn more about Medicare replacement or supplemental plans.

• Nov. 13: “Diabetes Prevention” — Approximately 9.4% of Americans (30.3 million people) have diabetes. That number is higher in Indiana, with 13.7% of our population having diabetes and 35.6% of the adult population having prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Join us as we hear from a member of Franciscan’s Healthy Living Center Diabetes Prevention Program who will be discussing methods for preventing diabetes, as well as the cause and effects of diabetes.

About Franciscan Health Rensselaer

Franciscan Health Rensselaer is a member of Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the Midwest with 14 growing hospitals, approximately 20,000 employees and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Healthcare Excellence. Franciscan Health Rensselaer includes Franciscan Brook Health Center, Franciscan Health and Fitness Center, and Franciscan Wheatfield Health Center. For more information, please visit

Franciscan Health Rensselaer is accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American College of Radiology, Life Safety Code/CMS, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the Indiana State Department of Health. Franciscan Health Rensselaer is affiliated with Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Rural Hospital Association and American Hospital Association. For more information please visit

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