Health

IU Health Ball Named to U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

By Courtney Schmoll— MUNCIE, IN − U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as a 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy). This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. The annual evaluation is designed to assist expectant parents and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care. IU Health Ball…

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FREE COVID-19 Test Kits & Vaccinations From Open Door

By Suzanne Clem— MUNCIE, IN – Community members have the opportunity to receive free COVID-19 test kits, as well as no-cost Covid vaccination, at upcoming Open Door Health Services events. Free at-home test kits will be distributed Monday, November 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Open Door’s administrative site, located at 220 S. Walnut St. in Muncie. The public is invited to pick up a supply for homes, workplaces, or civic organizations. Free test kits will again be available at…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Reaches 7,000 Open-Heart Cases

By Liz Yates—  MUNCIE, IN — Since its creation in 1977, the open-heart surgery program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has reached a huge milestone: 7,000 open-heart cases. These cases include everything from Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts (CABG) to valve repairs and replacements, and all the specialty cases in between. This is a low volume, community-based program as our physicians and advanced practice providers see both scheduled and emergent cases. A lot has changed in the 45 years since…


Saturday, October 29th is World Stroke Day

By Tim Harms, American Heart Association— Remember F.A.S.T. to recognize a stroke, the fifth-leading cause of death INDIANAPOLIS —Strokes can happen to anyone. In fact, globally about one in four adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. Even so, most adults in the U.S. don’t know the F.A.S.T warning signs of a stroke, and that stroke is largely treatable if you call 911 as soon as you recognize the symptoms. For World Stroke Day…


IU Health Lung Cancer Screening Program Expands to Blackford County

By Liz Yates— HARTFORD CITY—Indiana University Health is excited to have expanded its Lung Cancer Screening Program to IU Health Blackford Hospital in Hartford City, IN. This program has existed for ten years beginning at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in 2012. Since that time, the program has provided over 2,865 screenings and has been successful in diagnosing over 56 lung cancer cases – with most of those cases being either stage I or II. Lung cancer continues to be…


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Eric Hoffman, Delaware County Prosecutor— MUNCIE, IN – As October comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the fact that this month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. While domestic violence and intimate partner abuse is something we should be aware of every month, October is a chance to bring attention to something that affects every single part of Indiana and our nation. As your prosecutor here in Delaware County, I wanted to take a…


IU Health Ball Memorial Physicians Create New Integrated Team to Provide Vascular Services

By Liz Yates— MUNCIE, IN —Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Physicians is excited to announce a brand new, integrated team of highly skilled physicians from different areas of the hospital brought together to ensure patients can seamlessly flow through every step of their treatment, all in one convenient location. The team is made up of Interventional Cardiologists, Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons —all working together to provide the highest level of care for diseases and conditions such as aneurysms, carotid…


Wellness Council of Indiana Recognizes 2022 Health and Well-Being Champions

By Indiana Chamber of Commerce— INDIANAPOLIS — The Wellness Council of Indiana, a subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce its inaugural Hoosier Health and Well-Being Champion Award recipients. The awards honor two nominated individuals, one in the workplace/corporation sector and one from the community sector, whose commitment to improving the lives of Hoosiers warrants special recognition. These individuals have made significant contributions to their respective workplaces or community. Both honorees were recognized at the 2022 Indiana Wellness…


IU Health Ball Receives Naloxone Vending Machine, Part of State Effort to Curb Drug Epidemic

By Courtney Schmoll— MUNCIE, IN – IU Health Ball is happy to announce that one of Indiana’s newest naloxone vending machines will soon be placed in the emergency department waiting area. The machine is one of 19 to be placed statewide and will soon be available for use by the public. Gov. Eric J. Holcomb first announced the initiative in December 2021. “There is no single solution to ending this epidemic that has taken the lives of thousands of Hoosiers,”…


September is National Recovery Month for Mental Illness and Addiction

By Dr. Kimberly Roop, Medicaid Plan President for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield— INDIANAPOLIS, IN—One in five Americans experiences a mental health condition in a given year, yet 56% of those individuals do not receive treatment. Many have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder. Addressing the array of care and service options from prevention and screening to early intervention and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders leads to higher quality of care and advancement of health equity….