Health

Lower Your Risk of a Heart Attack With a $49 Heart Scan

By: Ball Memorial Hospital— Muncie, IN—Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States? Did you know that every year about 1.1 million people in the United States have heart attacks? Early detection and knowing the symptoms play important roles in heart attack prevention. Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers a $49 heart scan to give you peace of mind, keeping you happy and healthy. Most people…

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IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Continues North Tower Remodel With NICU and Pediatric Cardboard City

By: Maggie Stolfa— Muncie, IN—As remodeling continues at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, recently five skids of cardboard stood floor to ceiling outlining the gutted 5th floor of the North Tower. This Cardboard City replicates the under construction 10thfloor of North Tower that will soon be the new location of Pediatrics and Women’s Services (PAWS) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). IU Health uses cardboard cities to test the designed layout, and workflow of staff and patients, before…


Living Well With Heart Failure Disease

By: Bethel Pointe Health & Rehabilitation— Muncie, IN—Heart failure, sometimes called a “weak heart,” is a serious and progressive disease that develops over time and is defined simply as, “a heart that is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands.” If left untreated, the inadequate blood flow  causes the organs to progressively fail. This can result in numerous medical complications which reduces quality of life. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart Failure Society of…


Child Research Participants Needed for Exercise Studies

By: Anthony D Mahon, PhD— Study 1 A research team in the Human Performance Laboratory and Psychophysiological, Attention, Cognition and Emotion Laboratory are conducting a study involving boys and girls with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  The purpose of the study is compare the effect of single bout of exercise on the ability to concentrate and correctly respond to a computerized test in comparison to the effect of standard treatment with stimulant medication.  Children who are 8-14 years of age with a…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Awarded Accreditation From The Joint Commission

By: Courtney Thomas— Muncie, IN – Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its healthcare quality and safety. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has consistently received accreditation since the Joint Commission began recognizing healthcare organizations as a symbol of quality in…


Ivy Tech Community College Offers New Learning Spaces For Nursing and Health Science Programs

By: Jennifer Gasiorek— Muncie, IN – A ribbon cutting was held this morning celebrating the opening of the IU Health School of Health Sciences and Ball Brothers Foundation School of Nursing wings in the John and Janice Fisher Building at Ivy Tech Community College’s Muncie Campus. “We are proud to bring a world-class learning experience into the heart of Muncie. Moving these programs to the downtown campus will bring more vibrancy downtown and provide an opportunity for growth,” said Jeffrey D. Scott,…


Flu-Related Visitor Restrictions Implemented at IU Health Ball, Blackford and Jay Hospitals

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Muncie, IN – Due to an increasing number of flu cases in Indiana, IU Health Ball, Blackford and Jay Hospitals are taking the precautionary measure of restricting patient visitors within the hospitals. This temporary policy went into effect January 11, 2018. Other IU Health facilities statewide are also implementing restrictions to protect patients, families and team members from unnecessary potential exposure to the flu virus. For patients, families, team members and media, temporary visitor restriction means: Only essential adults…


Want To Be Healthy Over The Holidays? Put Down Your Smartphone.

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, IN—Putting away the smartphone, iPad and other device may be the first step to enjoying a healthier lifestyle during the holidays, says Jagdish Khubchandani, a member of the Global Health Institute at Ball State University and a physiology and health science professor. His study found that excessive technology use and professional stress were predictors for lack of adequate physical activity and a decline in healthy eating. “The increasing use of electronic media has…


Meridian Health Services Welcomes Madison County Community Health Center

By: Lorri Markum—  Muncie, IN — Meridian Health Services is pleased to announce that Madison County Community Health Center will be joining its organization with an anticipated effective date first quarter of 2019.   This collaboration will bring great strengths to each and offer patients access to a broader spectrum of healthcare services that will provide community benefit. Meridian Health Services is a regional, progressive, not-for-profit healthcare system with a gross annual revenue of $137 million.  Meridian specializes in “whole-person” health…


Opinion: Let’s Discourage Smoking and Save Hoosier Lives With Smart Public Policy

By: Jeff Bird, MD, President, Indiana University Health East Central Region— Muncie, Indiana—Too many Hoosier babies die before their first birthday. The toll is tragic. Indiana’s infant mortality rate of 7.5 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births equated to the deaths of 623 babies in 2016. fAnd African American infants face worse odds, dying at a rate twice that of white infants. Only five states have higher rates of infant mortality than Indiana’s. While the past two state administrations…