Clinical Research Group

The ECRO Clinical Research Group is comprised of 13 registered nurses who manage both the administrative and clinical aspects of pharmaceutical and device research trials. From contract negotiation and IRB protocol submission to the enrollment of subjects, the collection of data and study close out, the clinical research nurses provide total hands-on service.

All ECRO nurses have a BSN degree, are CCRC-certified through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and are thoroughly educated in the federal regulations and Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies relevant to protocol management of clinical trials. 

They provide 24-hour, 7-day-a week coverage for trials at IU Health Methodist, IU Health North and IU Health Saxony, in addition to being the central coordination center for multiple IU Health hospital facilities around the state of Indiana. For corporate sponsors, ECRO nurses can also help identify physicians within the IU Health system who are interested in research.

The Clinical Research Group has extensive experience and knowledge in working with a variety of specialties and subspecialties. Some types of studies conducted by the group include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cardiology (medical and surgical)
  • Critical Care
  • Electrophysiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonary
  • Radiology
  • Transplant
  • Trauma (Trauma Research Brochure)

Medical Director

Cary Mariash, MD

Administrative Director

David Louden

Clinical Research Finance Managers

Ronda McNamee, RN, BSN, CCRC 
Tessa Oakes, RN, BSN, CCRC

Clinical Research Managers

Deb Broach, RN, MSN, CCRC, ACRP-CP

Clinical Research Nurses

Heather Adams, RN, BSN, CCRC
Melissa Astin, RN, BSN  
Betty Logan, RN, BSN, CCRC 
Kimberly McPeak, RN, BSN, CCRC 
Jerry Morin, RN, BSN, CCRC
Jean Nash, RN, BSN, CCRC
Shawna Prange, RN, BSN, CCRC
Terri Strickland, RN, BSN, CCRC
Annie Thorp, RN, BSN, CCRC
Meghan Willig, RN, BSN, CCRC 

IU Health Methodist Hospital

1812 North Capitol Avenue, Suite 120
Indianapolis, IN 46202

IU Health North Hospital 

11700 North Meridian Street 
Carmel, IN 46032

IU Health Saxony Hospital

13000 East 136th Street 
Fishers, IN 46037

Staff

Medical Director

Cary Mariash, MD

Administrative Director

David Louden

Clinical Research Finance Managers

Ronda McNamee, RN, BSN, CCRC 
Tessa Oakes, RN, BSN, CCRC

Clinical Research Managers

Deb Broach, RN, MSN, CCRC, ACRP-CP

Clinical Research Nurses

Heather Adams, RN, BSN, CCRC
Melissa Astin, RN, BSN  
Betty Logan, RN, BSN, CCRC 
Kimberly McPeak, RN, BSN, CCRC 
Jerry Morin, RN, BSN, CCRC
Jean Nash, RN, BSN, CCRC
Shawna Prange, RN, BSN, CCRC
Terri Strickland, RN, BSN, CCRC
Annie Thorp, RN, BSN, CCRC
Meghan Willig, RN, BSN, CCRC 

IU Health Methodist Hospital

1812 North Capitol Avenue, Suite 120
Indianapolis, IN 46202

IU Health North Hospital 

11700 North Meridian Street 
Carmel, IN 46032

IU Health Saxony Hospital

13000 East 136th Street 
Fishers, IN 46037