Dr. John Lanman honored by the blessing and dedication of the Hammond Clinic
Since opening in 1996, John Lanman, MD, has been a staple of the Catherine McAuley Clinic, volunteering his time to help uninsured and underinsured patients who walked through the doors.
Dr Lanman, who practiced internal medicine in northwest Indiana for over 40 years, continued to treat patients at the Hammond Volunteer Medical Clinic until six weeks before his death in 2014, at the age of 88. Many of these patients attended his funeral to pay their final respects. Her life and legacy were celebrated once again on Thursday August 5, with the clinic’s blessing and dedication on her behalf.
Rick Peltier, executive director of the Franciscan Health Foundation, said the Dr. John Lanman Clinic, Franciscan Health Hammond will benefit from a six-figure memorial endowment created by the children of Dr. Lanman, whose donation will be used to pay for care. health, medicine, transport, food and other financial needs for the most vulnerable in the community.
“It will have a transformational impact for years to come,” Peltier said.
Dr. Lanman’s four children, Jill Broderick, Janet Noth, Elizabeth Oliver and John Lanman Jr., attended the inauguration with their families, joined by clinic staff and supporters, as well as Franciscan Health Hammond and the leaders of the Franciscan Alliance.
“I’ve never known someone who loved their job as much as my dad loved being a doctor,” Broderick said. “I think in some ways the McAuley Clinic has been perhaps the most rewarding medicine of his career. It’s because my father took care of people. Not just their diabetes or their heart disease, but all of them. He cared about their lives and how they managed to juggle the stress of being human. He understood that his patients had challenges beyond those he identified with his stethoscope.
Franciscan Alliance Chairman of the Board Sister Jane Marie Klein was previously CEO of Hammond Hospital for 10 years and worked closely with Dr Lanman. “He was a great doctor; she was a wonderful person, ”she said. “As president of the medical staff, he was always there whenever I needed him for whatever I needed him to do.”
“Certainly the Dr. John Lanman Clinic is a major stronghold for many people in this community who would not have access to health care,” Sister Jane Marie added. “John set a wonderful example for our doctors and everyone who works in the clinic today, our doctors, because we can’t do it without them, and we can’t do it without the nurses and other members. Staff. “
Father Theodore Mens, chaplain at Franciscan Health Munster, led the blessing of the renowned clinic. “We have the opportunity to continue to share our talents, our best characteristics through this clinic and all the work that will continue, and certainly, Dr. Lanman’s family continues their own tradition through their own support and generosity towards this clinic. “, he said.
Those gathered also honored the recently deceased Dr. Art Branco. Dr. Branco helped the Franciscans set up the clinic, continued to serve on the clinic board and participate in the clinic’s annual bowling event. This spring, he recorded a video promoting a fundraiser for the 25e birthday. “If anyone deserved to be here today to witness this, because he was so excited, it was Dr. Branco,” Peltier said.
Contributions to the Dr John Lanman Clinic can be made by going online at FranciscanHealthFoundation.org or call (219) 661-3401. One hundred percent of donations will have a direct impact on the vulnerable patient population that depends on the clinic for their medical needs.
The Dr. John Lanman Clinic, Franciscan Health Hammond is located at 5530 Hohman Ave. in Hammond and is open Monday through Friday. For more information or to make an appointment, call (219) 933-2018.