Franciscan Health Foundation hosts inaugural Circle of 1875 meeting in Crawfordsville

CRAWFORDSVILLE – The Franciscan Health Foundation recently held its inaugural meeting of the Circle of 1875 in Montgomery County.

The Circle of 1875, named for the year the first Franciscan hospital was opened in Lafayette, is a new charitable concept that provides an opportunity for women

who want to make a difference in Franciscan’s healthcare community. Members of the Circle of 1875 become a part of something bigger than themselves. By pooling financial gifts, an even greater impact can be provided to those in need.

At the recent inaugural meeting, after hearing various presentations, the women-powered giving group awarded $7,000 to the Franciscan Health Crawfordsville emergency department to purchase a cooling blanket that will be used to provide therapeutic hypothermia to patients after return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after cardiac arrest.

Therapeutic hypothermia reduces or stops destructive pathways, such as cerebral edema and free radical formation caused by reperfusion after ROSC. It has been shown to increase survival to hospital discharge with good neurological outcomes. The cooling blanket can also decrease a patient’s body temperature when it is dangerously high and anti-pyretic medications are not working. 

Franciscan Health Crawfordsville serves over 62,000 people and contributes more than $18 million to its communities, providing for the community in ways far beyond medicine and the walls of the hospital and clinics.

The Circle of 1875 will meet twice yearly for gift planning assessments, financial and project updates, socialization and networking opportunities.

For more information on how to join the Circle of 1875, contact Jen Eberl at or call 765-423-6812.