Health

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Highlighted in Healthcare LGBT Equality Index 2016

MUNCIE – Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of four hospitals in the State of Indiana as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and Medical Consultants to Begin New Relationship

MUNCIE, IN – IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and Medical Consultants are pleased to announce that they have entered into definitive agreements for Medical Consultants to become part of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital family effective October 1, 2016. With shared values of ensuring the delivery of quality health care and the availability of comprehensive specialty care services within the local community, the addition of the Medical Consultants multi-specialty Physician practice, including its outpatient surgery center, will greatly benefit patients…


Healthy Community Alliance Launches April 14th in Muncie

By: John Disher— Leaders of local organizations are encouraged to learn more about a new community initiative aimed at making our community become a healthier place to live learn, work and play. The Healthy Community Alliance of Delaware and Blackford Counties will hold information sessions on April 14 to explain how the Alliance works and how local organizations can become involved. The two-county effort is being led by a steering committee composed of a cross-section of community stakeholders, and supported…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Earns Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement

Muncie, IN— Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana has selected Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community. Knee and hip replacement procedures are among…


Early Detection is Key: Lung Scan Saves Veteran’s Life

By: Jacob Taylor—  “Nag them. Urge them. Love them. $49 Lung Scans.” Those are the words that Betty Retherford saw on a billboard while traveling to Muncie in late August of 2015. She instantly thought of her husband, Bill Retherford, and decided to register him for a scan at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. “As an RN, I knew the combination of Bill’s COPD and smoking history put him at a greater risk,” said Betty. “And, $49 was worth…


Flu-Related Visitor Restrictions to Begin at IU Health Ball Memorial and IU Health Blackford Hospitals

By: Neil Gifford— Indiana has seen an increase in flu activity in the past three weeks. To protect patients, families and team members from unnecessary potential exposure to the flu virus, Indiana University Health is taking the precautionary measure of restricting patient visitors to its hospitals. Beginning this Friday, March 11, the temporary policy will take effect at IU Health Ball Memorial and IU Health Blackford Hospitals and other IU Health facilities statewide. Visitors should call the hospital they plan to…


Former Muncie Woman, Seren Fryatt Helps Transform Liberian Youth

By: Brenda Mackey— Within four days, former Munsonian Seren Frost Fryatt earned two honors: She appeared on Beyond Sport’s list of 50 Most Inspiring People in Sports (along with David Beckham, Muhammed Ali and Billie Jean King) and also earned the organization’s Courageous Use of Sport Award. Seren today leads an organization that in only nine years has impacted thousands of children, hundreds of coaches and staff members – and even assisted the World Health Organization in taking on the…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Awarded Knee and Hip Certification by Joint Commission

By: Neil Gifford— Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its hip and knee joint replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. This is the second knee and hip recertification for IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, which became the first in the IU Health system to earn the certification in 2011. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital underwent an on-site…


Ontario Systems Achieves Five-Star AchieveWELL Rating for Worksite Wellness

By: Casey Stanley— Ontario Systems, a leading receivables and revenue cycle management technology and services provider, announced it has achieved a Five-Star AchieveWELL rating for worksite wellness from the Wellness Council of Indiana. The company was awarded a three-star rating last year and has since worked to advance its programs and culture, aimed at creating and encouraging worksite wellness. Eight companies were recognized during the Indiana Health and Wellness Summit on October 8. “The Wellness Council of Indiana’s nationally-renowned AchieveWELL…


Eight Local Companies Recognized as Being Wellness Certified

By: Nancy Norris— The 2015 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit was held on October 8th in Indianapolis.  Eight companies from Muncie Delaware County (see list below) were recognized and received awards for meeting the criteria from the Wellness Council of Indiana to be wellness certified. According to America’s Health Rankings conducted by the United Health Foundation, Indiana ranks 41st out of 50 states for health. When business leaders look at where to locate good jobs, the health status of their potential employees…