Research Center Profile:
Franciscan St. Francis Health

Center Information

Betsy Glowinski, MSN MBA, RN, CCRC
Director of Research Services
Franciscan St. Francis Health
8111 South Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46237
317-782-7476 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery

Center Overview

The vision of Franciscan St. Francis Health is, "Leading the way to a healthier Indiana," and one important part of that vision is leading and participating as a top-performing site in clinical research trials. Our administration, physicians, and allied health professionals believe that today’s research will lead the way to tomorrow’s treatments.

The centralized Office of Research Services supports clinical research across all therapeutic disciplines, providing a single point of contact for study start-up and conduct. If you are interested in working with a world-class health care system, contact the Franciscan St. Francis Health Office of Research Services today to discuss how we can support your research pipeline.

Facility Description

Franciscan St. Francis Health, a four-hospital health system in suburban Indianapolis, is a member of the 14-hospital Franciscan Alliance that is linked through a single eMR system designed to support integrated research operations. Franciscan St. Francis Health operates 600 licensed beds, 20 primary care clinics, and 35 specialty clinics, supported by an affiliated medical group boasting more than 135 physicians.

Investigator Experience

The investigators at Franciscan St. Francis Health each have five or more years of experience in leading clinical trials with expertise in a broad range of therapeutic areas, including:

  • Cardiology, include Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology
  • Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Medical and Radiation Oncology
  • Metabolic Disorders/Diabetology
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Pain Management (Spine)
  • Pulmonary
  • Rheumatology / Osteoporosis Care
  • Surgical Oncology (Breast, Colorectal, Gynecologic, Lung)

Staff Expertise

Betsy Glowinski, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRC
Director of Research Services

Jason Cerman, JD, CIP
Research Compliance Coordinator

Liz Hosty, MPH
Research Support Coordinator

Nikole Hutchison
Research Financial Analyst

Dedicated Research Staff:

  • Study Coordinators - 9
  • Data Coordinators - 3
  • Regulatory Coordinators - 3
  • Financial Coordinators - 2

Staff Training/Education:

  • CITI Program Human Subjects Protection and Good Clinical Practice (Tri-Annual)
  • Clinical Research Certification Prep (ACRP/SoCRA); Certification Examination Reimbursement
  • IATA/Hazardous Materials Shipping (Bi-Annual)
  • Lean and Six Sigma Process Improvement Methodologies

Patient Demographics

Franciscan St. Francis Health draws patients from around the state of Indiana and averages 2,000 inpatient admissions and 40,000 outpatient visits every month. Each of the investigators at Franciscan St. Francis Health maintains a robust clinical practice, from which they recruit patients for enrollment into clinical trials; this decreases recruitment costs, accelerates enrollment, and increases patient retention.