Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Welcomes Inaugural Class

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Welcomes Inaugural Class of Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residents
Congratulations to the inaugural class of the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program! Last week, the 26 Residents took part in a White Coat Ceremony. Long white coats represent their transition from medical school to residency and symbolize the professionalism that Residents must embody while providing care to patients. We are privileged to have the Evansville Campus of the residency program located here, at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville, on the third floor of our Medical Office Building East.
Pictured to the right, Ascension St. Vincent Evansville welcomes its first class of Internal Medicine Residents at a White Coat Ceremony. Dr. Heidi Dunniway, Regional Chief Medical Officer and Dan Parod, President, Ascension St. Vincent Southern Region joined valued partners Dr. Steve Becker, Rob McLin, Dr. Margaret Beliveau-Ficalora and Dr. Robert Ficalora.
Internal Medicine Residents Share
What Program Means to Them
Dr. Elizabeth Cho
“Being a resident is an honor and privilege. Having an opportunity to be able to shape the future of a residency program is very rewarding and a once in a lifetime experience. I am looking forward to serving my patients and the community. I believe this program offers the best opportunity for me to do so. The white coat ceremony is the manifestation of everything I’ve worked toward for the past few years. To be given a white coat was a defining moment in my life.”
Dr. Andrews Adjapong
“Four years ago, I didn’t know what was in store for me after medical school. But today, I stand here and I can boldly say I am blessed to be part of a group of dedicated and hardworking group of individuals I can call my co-residents, and also be a part of an amazing organization that is so vested in the training of young up-and-coming physicians. The amazing reception received right from day one of landing foot in Southwest Indiana and the great support by the hospital administration during the White Coat Ceremony made me realize how lucky I was to be here…”
Dr. Neil Corbett
“…Moving to this part of the country, and being welcomed into this residency program has felt like coming home, home to a place where my family and I can feel comfortable, secure and content that all is going to be okay.
The importance of the White Coat ceremony cannot be understated for me. It is a great honor to wear this coat as a symbol of the service I hope to provide to my community.”
Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Foundation proudly supports the work of our Residents and the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program here at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville. We were honored to support all Residents with the purchase of their American College of Physicians (ACP) Membership Cards, so all could start their journey as Residents being members of the ACP.
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Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
We’re pleased to announce that Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville has been designated as a Level III NICU and High Risk Maternal Care. As such, we have board-certified neonatologists and maternal fetal specialists on staff 24/7, ready to provide compassionate care for high risk pregnancies and the sickest newborns.
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Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Associate
Improving After Stroke
Dawnelle Neighbors of Newburgh had a miraculous recovery from a massive hemorrhagic stroke that she suffered on March 3, 2020, while working at the Wellness Center at Epworth Crossing. Up until that moment, she had no signs of illness.
She was treated for four days at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville ICU, then the Neurological Unit before moving to Ascension St. Vincent Evansville’s Rehabilitation Institute, located on campus.
Due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions, Dawnelle’s long road to recovery was done without her family by her side. Because of this, she relied heavily on the caring staff.
“For her impairments, and the size of her stroke and what she looked like coming in, I don’t think anybody, including myself, expected her to walk out by herself,” Physical Therapist, Hannah Lamar, said.
Dawnelle had six rehab sessions per day. Her spirit, hard work and determination to get better was something that was unbelievable. Her doctors said that her desire to go home kept her going strong with occupational, speech and physical therapy.
“The doctors, nurses, therapists and the entire hospital were absolutely remarkable,” stated her husband, Herb Neighbors.
After 66 days at Ascension St Vincent Evansville under nursing care, Dawnelle walked out of
Ascension St. Vincent Evansville. She is continuing home therapy three days a week and is improving daily with walks up and down her street without a cane.
“I am amazing and praise God every day!” exclaimed Dawnelle. She also looks forward to returning to work and helping others in recovery in a support group.
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Ziemer Society Member Spotlight: Anita and Brian Corne
“We became members of the Ziemer Society because we wanted to get out in the Tri-State community and meet more people…We have really enjoyed all of the outings such as the Cardinals Baseball trip, the campfire and Pizza Revolution night, the U of E Aces night and much more. We look forward to many more years with the group.”
The Ted & Clare Ziemer Society, named after long-time supporters Ted & Clare Ziemer, is a philanthropic giving society within Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Foundation. As a Society, our purpose is to make a difference in the lives of children, while networking and having fun along the way.
Thank you for your support, Tri-State Medical Alliance!
Thank you to Tri-State Medical Alliancefor their donation of a Biaggi’s meal and bags of chocolate to our Emergency Department staff. Pictured in the photo are Ann Almquist and Dr. Aditi Jindal with the Tri-State Medical Alliance along with our staff. Thank you for your generous support!
Thank you to the many community organizations, companies and individuals who have donated food, PPE and cash donations to our Foundation and local ministry throughout the pandemic.


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