State-of-the-Art vision care for area residents coming in 2012
LEBANON, IND. – For immediate release Nov. 2, 2011 – An agreement between Witham Health Services and Indiana University’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute will bring additional state-of-the-art vision care to area residents in a setting close to home. Witham Health Services is constructing a new clinic in the North Pavilion building on the main Witham campus in Lebanon, with a completion date set for early 2012. The new eye care clinic will offer full-service vision care with services ranging from glasses and contact lenses to cataract surgery. The 4,000-square-foot clinic will include an optical shop and six exam rooms with cutting edge diagnostic equipment.
“We believe that receiving treatment close to home has a significant impact on the overall health of a patient – and this will help bolster that,” said Raymond Ingham, CEO/President of Witham Health Services. “Previously, many patients were seeking treatment outside of our community,” said Ingham. “We are thrilled to partner with IU on this important endeavor as part of our ongoing patient-first philosophy and our continued growth.”
Daniel Spitzberg, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Melanie Pickett, O.D., Assistant Professor of Optometry in the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, will be the primary faculty members practicing in the Lebanon clinic at 2705 Lebanon Street, bringing years of combined experience to the community.
Dr. Spitzberg has had a long affiliation with the Department of Ophthalmology, having
completed his residency and fellowship at IU School of Medicine, Department of
Ophthalmology. After he closed his private practice, Dr. Spitzberg returned to IU to teach and provide comprehensive ophthalmology to patients with a variety of vision disorders. He specializes in cataract surgery, returning vision to patients who have lost sight.
Dr. Pickett has seven years of experience with the department, running the family optometry practice at the department’s Spring Mill Glick Eye Institute on the north side of Indianapolis. She specializes in contact lenses. She also sees children and adults of all ages, offering full service optometry care. An optical shop also will be offered at the Witham Hospital location.
“Initially we plan to provide optometry services five days a week and comprehensive eye and vision care three days a week, though we soon hope to be present full time,” said Louis B. Cantor, M.D., Chairman of the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology at the Glick Eye Institute. “We know patients want to receive care and treatment in a setting close to home, and we are pleased to be able to bring our renowned faculty members to Lebanon to offer vision care services.”
This is just another example of the collaborative efforts Witham Health Services pursues to keep health care local for its residents. “We know it’s important for patients to be able to see a physician in a setting that is close to home and familiar to them. We also know that additional ophthalmology and optometry services are needed in this area and we are pleased to send two of our highly regarded faculty members to Lebanon to provide quality patient care,” added Cantor.
About Witham Health Services
Witham Health Services is proud to be a part of the growth and vitality going on throughout Boone County. The mission at Witham is simple: To improve health through excellence and personalized care. Every day, the accomplished and experienced staff, compassionate nurses and team of dedicated professionals, combined with state-of-the-technology, bring exceptional health resources to patients and their families - all close to home. While we stay focused on the present and how we are doing, we have an eye to the future. We continue to attract and retain excellent physicians and nurses who believe in our mission. We also continue to be well-positioned to accommodate growth in our community. Our transition into the new hospital in 2003 has only been followed by more growth. We've added on—to our
facilities, clinical services and specialty providers. Clearly, we are able to service the community better than ever before. Witham currently has offices in Jamestown, Lebanon, Thorntown, Whitestown and Zionsville.
About the IU Department of Ophthalmology
The Department of Ophthalmology has been providing patient care for more than 100 years at
the IU School of Medicine. The department is currently conducting the largest glaucoma
research project of its kind, the Indianapolis Glaucoma Progression Study, and also is conducting
additional glaucoma research studies. Additional faculty and staff are researching age-related
macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other sight-threatening diseases in adults and
This year the department moved to the new Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, a $30
million building that allows the department to combine patient care, research and education in
one location. One of the largest programs in the country, the department has 18 residents and six
fellows each year. More information: www.glick.iu.edu. To schedule an appointment: (317) 274-