Health

Indiana University Health East Central Region Leadership Changes

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Blackford President Steven West to retire, Jay President Dave Hyatt promoted Muncie, IN—IU Health’s East Central Region President Jeff Bird, MD, recently announced the retirement of IU Health Blackford Hospital President Steven West, and the promotion of IU Health Jay Hospital President Dave Hyatt. West will retire from his administrative duties at IU Health effective June 10, 2018. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his graduate degree from The Ohio State University, Mr….


What’s Eating at You? Find Out Before You Eat That Cookie

By: Nancy Larson— As I sit at my computer writing this article stressing about my procrastination, I reached for a cookie…then I stop myself and realize that I am “stress eating!” Everyone eats for emotional and stress relief occasional. That’s not what gets you in trouble. It’s the constant, mindless “grazing” or reactive eating that will put on the extra weight. Stress eating itself is not the problem. It is what ever is DRIVING you to turn to a drug,…


Strike Out Smokeless Tobacco on World ‘No Tobacco Day’

By: Matthew Cox— Muncie, IN—Warm days at the beach, golf course or swimming pool are near-universal visions of summer, and the game of baseball is synonymous with summer for many youth players, their parents and adult fans.  Wednesday, May 31 is also World No Tobacco Day, and the image of baseball players using chewing tobacco and other products is infamously timeless as the game itself. Baseball’s attempt at positively influencing youth is certainly behind its decades-old ban on smokeless tobacco…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission

By: Courtney Thomas— Muncie, IN– Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the first organization in the state of Indiana to earn this advanced certification. “The ability…


Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Earns “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” Designation

By: Dawn Brand Fuller— Muncie Hospital is one of only 4 hospitals statewide and 418 healthcare providers nationwide to earn the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation  Muncie, IN—Last week, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital announced that it has achieved “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for the seventh consecutive year. IU Health Ball was the first hospital in Indiana to earn the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation in 2012. The designation was awarded in…


IU Health Ball Memorial Staff Member Donates Kidney To Co-Worker

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Muncie, IN—March is National Kidney Month. According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 100,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for a kidney transplant, but only about 17,000 people receive a kidney each year, and 12 people die each day waiting for a kidney. A snowmobile accident in Michigan in 2007 left David Witty, radiologic technologist in the Cardiac Cath Lab for 26 years, in need of a kidney transplant. The accident caused…


Viking Dash Trail Run National Championships At Prairie Creek This Saturday

By: Steve Tomboni— Muncie, IN—America Multi-Sport, Inc. will be hosting the 1st Viking Dash Trail Run National Championships at Prairie Creek Reservoir in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The race is set to begin at 11:00 am. Runners are able to qualify in the 5k, 15k or Half Marathon distance by finishing in the top three overall or top three in their age group at any of the other eight Viking Dash Trail Run race locations. Viking Dash…


Meridian’s Rialzo 2018 Theme Announced

By: Beth Clark— Muncie, IN—Meridian Health Services’ Rialzo, its annual charity gala, will have a distinctively magical feel this year designed to focus on the new Maternal Treatment Program. Beth Clark, Meridian’s Vice President of Marketing, unveiled the theme for Rialzo IX at a press conference yesterday which is, Meridian’s Magic Carpet Ride – Elevating the Maternal Treatment Program.  “Styled with an Arabian Nights décor with hints of the Aladdin story in the entertainment and room design will express the…


Former IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital CNO Receives 2017 Indiana Women of Achievement Award

By: Courtney Thomas—  Muncie, IN – The Ball State University College of Sciences and Humanities has recognized Doreen Johnson, RN, MA, FACHE, NEA-BC, and former vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, as a 2017 Indiana Women of Achievement award recipient. Each year, Ball State University recognizes Indiana women who enrich the lives of others through outstanding accomplishments in a variety of fields, including education or research, leadership in the community or university service, leadership…


Open Door Health Services Welcomes Randy Brown, MD

By: Katy Maggart— Muncie, IN—Open Door Health Services would like to welcome Dr. Randy Brown, a Board Certified Family Physician, to its Adult Health team. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Brown began his career as a pastor. When asked about this drastic career change he says, “Medicine wouldn’t leave me alone. I had to listen and make a change.” After earning his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Indiana University, Dr. Brown received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine…