Committee Member of the Month

Elaine Carlisle

LifeSpring Health Systems

Elaine Carlisle works in the Performance Improvement Department and has been with LifeSpring since September 1972.  She worked as a Medical Records transcriptionist from 1971-73. From 1973-76 she worked part-time in the Medical Records Department while being a stay at home mom.  In 1976, she began working in a support staff position at the Scott County satellite office, although it was called Southern Indiana Mental Health and Guidance Center back then. 

Due to a large volume of volunteers, she also worked with the Scott County office’s volunteers.  She continued at Scott County until 1992 at which time she returned to the Jeffersonville location and began working in the Performance Improvement Department.  Her job duties are include helping us stay current with the Joint Commission standards and accreditation requirements as well as preparing for LifeSpring's tri-annual Joint Commission surveys, keeping up with maintaining requirements for LifeSpring’s licensure and certification with the Division of Mental Health and Addictions, working with LifeSpring’s insurance carriers in regard to general and professional liability, property, vehicles coverage. 

She has assisted with several major overhauls of the LifeSpring policy and procedure process and is currently working with the Board Committee on the update of the policies as well as working with staff on reviewing all of their current Operational Procedures in preparation for the Joint Commission survey.  Elaine also gathers information and formats for the quarterly updates of LifeSpring’s dashboard used by Dr. Stawar for the Board.  Over the last 22 years, she has written a lot of committee minutes and documentation, which she says she enjoys.  As you see, Elaine stays quite busy.

In connection to her employment at LifeSpring, she has been participating in the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers Quality Improvement Committee for 18 years.  She has served as the group’s secretary/recorder.  This organization has given her the opportunity to resource with others on quality, accreditation, and other related information.  Elaine says it has provided her an opportunity to attend many mental health related training and work with representatives from many of the mental health centers throughout the state.

Elaine lives in Nabb, Indiana with her husband, Gary, who she has been married to for 49 years.  They have a son, David, and a daughter, Christy.  David has two sons, ages 19 and 17, and Christy has a daughter, age 11.  Her grandsons live locally and her granddaughter lives in Illinois.  She stays very busy outside of work with her church, bike riding with Gary, growing flowers in her garden, and attending sports and school activities that her grandchildren are involved in.  Since the birth of her granddaughter, she and Gary have made numerous trips to Illinois to spend time with her and attend activities she is involved in.

Addictions Committee

Chair: Linda Grove-Paul, Centerstone of Indiana (Bloomington)

Adult Services Committee

Chair: Gerry Cyranowski, Meridian Health Services

Child and Adolescent Committee

Chair: Leticia Timmel, Four County

Employment Services Committee

Chair: Christine Kelty, Park Center (Fort Wayne)

Human Resources Committee

Chair: Deb Bieber, Southwestern Healthcare, Inc.

Medical Directors Committee

Chair: Dr. Dennis Anderson, Community Health Network (Indianapolis)

Quality Improvement (QI) Committee

Chair: Jim Skeel, Aspire Indiana (Noblesville)