Ascension St. Vincent Geriatrics

An Introduction from our Program Director

Since 2000, Ascension St. Vincent Hospital has sponsored a fellowship in geriatric medicine. The fellowship is a community-based, one-year PGY-4 program. It is fully accredited by the ACGME, and the program has a 100% pass rate for all who have taken the geriatric board exam.

The fellowship accepts one fellow annually through the National Resident Match Program. Board-eligible/board-certified status in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine is required.

Goals of the Ascension St. Vincent Geriatric Fellowship:

  • Gain the skills required to become a fully-qualified geriatrician prepared to properly deal with the challenges of caring for older complex patients in a variety of clinical settings
  • Gain specialty-level training in the diagnosis and care of patients who present with geriatric syndromes
  • Achieve clinical expertise in various levels of care including inpatient and outpatient consultations, nursing home, assisted living, memory care and a community-based specialty office practice
  • Understand the complex relationship between the normal aging process and how it pertains to the presentation and course of multiple chronic diseases
  • Gain the ability to effectively practice within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Gain respect for the unique medical, psychological, and social problems faced by each older adult patient and their caregivers
  • Exercise the principles of the 4Ms (Mobility, Medications, Mentation, and what Matters) in various clinical settings
  • Achieve a level of expertise in addressing the complexity of each older adult and communicating with the patient and their caregivers to establish goals of care
  • Become comfortable addressing end-of-life care and the ethical issues that often surround it

The fellowship is based in the Ascension Center for Healthy Aging, a unique provider of services and programs for older adults in Central Indiana since 1987. Our goals are to minister and advocate for the spiritual and health needs of older adults, and their caregivers, within Central Indiana and the extended national Ascension network. The Center for Healthy Aging focuses on advancing and strengthening networks, partnerships, resources and talents within community-based programs with compatible goals. The stewardship of these resources supports improved outcomes for affiliated organizations and the older adults that we all serve.


The fellowship curriculum consists of core competencies, specialty rotations, and longitudinal experiences in a variety of care settings:
  • Core curriculum: a three-month, outpatient-based experience with weekly didactic presentations
  • Specialty rotations: Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurology, Hospice and Palliative Care, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, hospital inpatient consults, and personalized elective rotations

  • Continuity clinics: primary care clinic and geriatric consult clinic


Program Director: Patrick J. Healey, MD, CMD
Assoc. Program Director: Diane W. Healey, MD, CMD 
Assoc. Program Director: Kevin McNulty, DO 
Staci Hollar, MD
Kent Berry, PhD

Victoria Andrews, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNML

Current Fellow

Nicole Slaten, DO