September 15, 2021

Regenstrief researchers honored with Health Care Hero Awards

Indianapolis Business Journal breakfast for Health Care Heroes.

Regenstrief Institute research scientists were recognized with Health Care Hero Awards from the Indianapolis Business Journal for their impactful work. These yearly awards are given to individuals or organizations in healthcare who are significantly improving the quality of healthcare in Central Indiana.

Dr. Babar Khan Health Care Hero nomination screen
Research Scientist Babar Khan, M.D., M.S., was selected in the category of physician, which honors a doctor whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients and peers. Dr. Khan has been treating patients in Indianapolis intensive care units since 2008. He also developed the nation’s first post-ICU care model to address patients’ lingering physical and mental symptoms after an ICU stay. He currently runs the post-ICU clinic at Eskenazi Health. In addition, he is conducting research to decrease the severity and duration of delirium, a state of confusion and disorientation experienced by many people who are treated in the ICU. His work is especially relevant during the pandemic, since ICUs utilization has significantly increased due to people being treated for severe cases of COVID-19.

Read more about Dr. Khan in the IBJ.
Dr. Peter Embi and web team IBJ health care heroes nomination slideRegenstrief President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., was recognized for leading an effort that contributed to Indiana’s COVID-19 response efforts. Dr. Embí heads the Indiana Pandemic Information Collaborative (IPIC), which created COVID-19 Dashboards to inform government leaders, public health officials and everyday citizens about the state of the pandemic. IPIC has more than 70 members from government, health systems, universities, bioscience companies and nonprofit organizations across Indiana who have pooled resources to address the COVID crisis. The dashboards created by IPIC provide information on cases, hospitalizations, demographics and more in a single location and easy-to-comprehend display. The dashboard for authenticated individuals has helped health officials identify several outbreaks and implement strategies to contain the spread.

Read more about Dr. Embí and IPIC in the IBJ.

The Indiana Patient Preferences Coalition (IPPC), co-led by Susan Hickman, PhD, the director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, was recognized for Community Achievement in Health Care. The category honors an organization that has successfully implemented a program addressing an acknowledged problem in healthcare. IPPC works to promote education, resources, and advocacy in support of high-quality advance care planning that upholds the personal dignity and values of Indiana residents nearing the end of life. IPPC was instrumental in the creation of a new Health Care Advance Directives law that updates Indiana’s legal framework to ensure that an individual’s healthcare preferences are honored near the end of life. Dr. Hickman and IPPC were nominated for the award by the IU School of Nursing.

Read more about Dr. Hickman and IPPC in the IBJ.

Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA; Josh Vest, PhD, MPH and Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, all investigators with Regenstrief Institute, were honored, as part of the team from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, for their role in assisting the State of Indiana with the pandemic.

Read more about these Regenstrief investigators and the Fairbanks School for Public Health.

About Susan Hickman, PhD

In addition to leading the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, Susan Hickman, PhD, is a professor at Indiana University School of Nursing, a professor and Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Chair of Aging Research at IU School of Medicine, and the co-director of the IUPUI Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communicating and Training (RESPECT) Signature Center. 

About Babar Khan, M.D., M.S.

Babar Kahn, M.D., M.S., is associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute. He also serves as an associate professor of medicine and the Floyd and Reba Smith Investigator in Respiratory Disease in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

About Peter Embí, M.D., M.S.

In addition to serving as the president and CEO of Regenstrief Institute, Peter Embí, M.D., M.S. is the Leonard Betley Professor of Medicine and associate dean for informatics and health services research at Indiana University School of Medicine, associate director of informatics with Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and vice president for Learning Health Systems with Indiana University Health.

About Regenstrief Institute

Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.

Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.

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