Health

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 under the project title “Optimus Primary.” “Outside of Indianapolis, Muncie’s physician training program is the largest in the state of…


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 only provide great care, but make sure that Open Door was a welcoming place to be for all who entered….


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 Care Coordination Specialty Programs – Behavioral Health” category. “We are very proud that these two Meridian programs are earning national…


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 run Half Aquabike—1.2mi swim//56mi bike Half Duathlon—10k run//56mi bike//10k run Olympic Triathlon—1.5k swim//40k bike//10k run Olympic Duathlon—5k run//40.8k bike//10k run…


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 that I’ve called home for the better part of my career,” said Jeff Bird, MD. “Mike Haley has done a…


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 positions at its 14 hospitals, including IU Health Ball Memorial and Blackford Hospitals, and other facilities across the state. “This…


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 his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine.  He has overseen ODHS’ Right Start OB Clinic since 1987, delivering an…


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 in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting on a decade of progress in LGBTQ healthcare. A…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson Health release annual rankings Muncie, IN–IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare costs and quality improvement. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing:…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Receives “Healthgrades” Award for Clinical Excellence

Muncie, IN—IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has been selected as one of 258 hospitals nationwide as a 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades. “Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are hospitals rated in the top 5% in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across at least 21 of 32 common conditions and procedures. Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence Award have, on average, a lower risk…