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Photo by: Mike Rhodes in his Beluga Merrell Performance Footwear.

Ready for Black Friday? Comfy Shoes Make All The Difference For Shoppers

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Lacing up a comfortable pair of athletic shoes before hitting the shopping mall this holiday season is highly recommended by Ball State’s Henry Wang, an exercise science professor who studies biomechanics in the university’s College of Health. He points out that athletic shoes designed for walking…


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Six Basic Tips to Frying a Turkey The Safest Way Possible

By: Author Paul Kenny,  former VP of Ingredients at Kraft Foods and supper club enthusiast— Get a turkey that fits in your fryer A turkey in the 12 to 15 pound range will work well. Most turkey fryers will fit a turkey of less than 15 pounds. Larger turkeys increase the chances…




As the 9N Adult Surgical Unit remodel comes to a close, leaders take a tour and learn about the space and upgrades. From left to right: IU Health East Central Region President Dr. Jeff Bird, Administrative Director of Medical/Surgical Services Chanel Venable, IU Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Al Gatmaitan, construction engineers in the background, Clinical Operations Manager Teresa Elliott, and Projects and Plant Operations Manager John Ward.

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Opens New Adult Surgical Unit

By: Dawn Fluhler— Muncie, IN—Last month, Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital revealed a brand new, modern, spacious and technologically rich Adult Surgical Unit. Located on the 9th floor in the North tower, the new space relocates part of the former 7th floor of the North Tower, where patients stay, when…



Jon Vanator. Photo provided.

Jon Vanator Named Chief Financial Officer for IU Health East Central Region

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Muncie, IN –Jon Vanator has been named chief financial officer (CFO) for the IU Health East Central Region. A seasoned leader with a diverse range of experience in budget management and operational improvement, Jon will begin his work as CFO effective August 21. “We are excited to…



Dr. Kendal Baker and the Emergency Department team review trauma patient care. Photo courtesy of IU Health/Ball Memorial Hospital.

Ball Brothers Foundation Awards $500,000 to Strengthen Medical Education in Muncie

By: Jud Fisher— Muncie, IN—A series of grants totaling $500,000 is helping to reshape how future doctors are trained in Muncie. BBF awarded grants for the effort to four partnering institutions: IU School of Medicine-Muncie, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, Ball State University, and Meridian Health Services. The grants…


Ribbon cutting for the new Toni R. Estep Welcome Center. Photo provided.

Open Door Health Services Honors Toni Estep

By: Katy Crist— Family, friends, colleagues, and employees gathered together Thursday, June 15th for a lobby rededication ceremony to honor former Open Door Health Services’ CEO, Toni Estep. Toni was known best for her passion and love for Open Door and its mission to improve the lives of others. During…


Pictured holding the awards—Jennifer Henderson, Director of Primary Care. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Two Meridian Health Services Programs Win National Awards

By: Beth Clark— Muncie, IN – Meridian Health Services is proud to announce that two of its programs were named winners of Decision Health’s nationally recognized Platinum Awards. MeridianMD, Meridian’s primary medical care division, won the “Outstanding Performance in Community Care Setting – Integrated Care Networks” category, while Meridian’s School…


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Triathlons To Be Held at Prairie Creek Reservoir

By: Steven N. Tomboni— Muncie, IN—America Multi-Sport, Inc. will be hosting the 8th annual America’s Half and Muncie June Triathlons at Prairie Creek Reservoir in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  300 participants from 9 states will be attending. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. and…


Jeff Bird, MD, has been named the new president of the East Central Region for IU Health which includes IU Health Ball Memorial and Blackford hospitals.

Jeff Bird, MD, Named President, East Central Region of IU Health

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Muncie, IN– Jeff Bird, MD, has been named the new president of the East Central Region for IU Health which includes IU Health Ball Memorial and Blackford hospitals. Dr. Bird currently serves as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for the hospital. “I am honored and…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital signage on parking garage. Photo provided.

IU Health’s First Statewide Healthcare Job Fair is This Saturday

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Indianapolis, IN—Want a rewarding career in healthcare? IU Health’s first statewide job fair will feature hundreds of open jobs across Indiana. The fair will be this Saturday April 22nd at IU Health’s easy-to-find main offices in downtown Indianapolis. IU Health is the largest healthcare system in Indiana…