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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 add Jon as a valued member of our leadership team,”…



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 were developed jointly as a collaboration between the various organizations…


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 her 16 years as CEO, Toni worked hard to not…


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 programs also was awarded first in the “Outstanding Achievement in…


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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 will feature the following races/distances:   Half Tri—1.2mi swim//56mi bike//13.1mi…


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 humbled to serve in a leadership role for a hospital…


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 and is looking to fill a wide range of skilled…


Max H. Rudicel, MD. Photo provided.

Max H. Rudicel, MD Named Chief Medical Officer at Open Door Health Services

By: Katy Crist— Muncie, IN – Open Door Health Services (ODHS) is excited to announce that Max H. Rudicel, MD has accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Rudicel has been acting as Interim CMO since October 2016. Rudicel is a long-time resident of Muncie, graduating from Burris Laboratory School.  He received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College and…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. File Photo.

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Earns Leader in LGBTQ Designation

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler—  Nationwide, only 300 healthcare providers earned the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation Muncie, IN– IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital recently announced its “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The designation was reported…