Health

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…


Poor Health Can Make Cold Temperatures More Intense

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Temperatures across the northern tier of the United States are bitterly cold, but low body fat levels and thyroid dysfunction may make it feel worse, says Jagdish Khubchandani, associate professor of community health at Ball State University. He noted that people without proper levels of body fat, which serves to insulate the body, may feel colder, he said. “People who eat too little over a long period of time or those who are young and old…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Impacted by Damaged Fiber Optic Line

Editor’s Note: 2:24pm— The hospital has indicated all of their systems are back up and running. The hospital still recommends that patients call their provider today before heading out for a scheduled appointment or procedure.   Muncie, IN –Extreme cold temperatures overnight have resulted in an external public fiber optic line freezing and breaking. The power company and its maintenance vendor are working diligently to repair the line and restore full power today. As a result, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has…


Exercise Your Way Into a New Year

By: Nicole L. Koontz— Muncie, IN—For many Americans, the holidays are several weeks packed with the hustle and bustle and stress over wearing the perfect outfit, picking out the perfect gift and hosting the perfect party. During all of this, they find themselves stressed out and lacking energy. Many forget about taking care of themselves and wish for a recovery day from the holidays. The simplest way to reduce those stress levels and improve your health is to just get…