Angela Leddy, who served as an administrative coordinator for many years in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, died unexpectedly June 19, 2022, leaving a vast hole in the hearts of her department family.
In her time working for Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health, Leddy was known as a reliable assistant and the de facto department historian. She was often the point of contact for many new faculty and staff members, and she greeted friends—old and new—with the same warm, bright smile.
Leddy was born in McComb, Mississippi, on October 18, 1951. She spent a portion of her childhood in Germany, where her father—a colonel in the U.S. Army—was stationed. This time living overseas left her with many lifelong friends.
Most of Leddy’s career was spent in the health care industry. When she wasn’t working, she loved to be with her family or friends she’d made at church.
“Her energy was boundless when it came to her grandchildren,” Leddy’s family members shared in her obituary. “She was always open to reading one more book or playing one more game or literally cooking the entire Thanksgiving meal for her family.”
“Everyone who knew Angela felt the warmth and light she radiated simply walking into a room,” her family shared. “Her smile could shift the energy, and she always knew how to bring out the best in those around her. It didn’t matter if you knew her for five minutes or five years, she had a magical way of making you feel heard and loved. Angela was a beacon of light and hope, filled with compassion, for anyone who needed her help. In the end, she never wanted anyone to walk alone.”
A Celebration of Life service will take place Sunday, July 3, 2022, at 12:30 pm at The Church Within, 1125 Spruce Street, Indianapolis, 46203. Memorial contributions in Angela’s name can be made to The Church Within or Equal Justice Initiative.
The impact of losing a colleague, coworker and friend can be seen and felt at multiple levels on any team. The following information and resources may be helpful for those going through a grieving process.
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The Department of Mental Health Services at IU School of Medicine is available to provide mental health and personal counseling services to all students, residents and fellows. There are two ways to access services:
• In an emergency, call 317-278-HELP (4357) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A licensed clinical health specialist will provide an assessment and help direct you to appropriate treatment options based on the situation. You may also call on behalf of a trainee if you are a family member, friend or colleague concerned about their well-being. You may call anonymously, if desired.
• To request an appointment with the Department of Mental Health Services, send a secure message via the department’s online portal at indianamedportal.pointnclick.com or call 317-278-2383 during normal business hours.
For IU Health employees:
• Indiana University Health Physicians Employee Assistance Program, 317-962-8001
• IU Health Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services, 317-962-8611
For IU employees:
• IU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides 24/7/365 access to licensed mental health counselors via SupportLinc or 888-881- LINC (5462) for IU School of Medicine team members and their households.
For all IU School of Medicine community members:
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 800-273-8255, available 24/7
You don’t have to go through this experience alone. If your reactions are overwhelming or persistent, please seek professional help. As a reminder, if you need support in processing stress, fear or other emotions you may be feeling, please call the EAP at 1-888-881-LINC (5462) for in-the-moment assistance or visit the supportlinc.com portal for stress management tips, resources and videos to help you manage.
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