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Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital was founded in 1929 as both a teaching hospital and regional tertiary referral center. We've introduced healthcare to underserved populations and geographic areas such as Jay County, New Castle and Hartford City and given consumers choices in their healthcare.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the largest non-government employer in East Central Indiana, employing nearly 2,500 people with a payroll exceeding $110 million. This not-for-profit organization boasts of a clinical staff of more than 400 physicians, representing more than 45 medical specialties.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has 1.2 million square feet of facilities and offers an array of services. The IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center provides Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and clinical trials supported by the National Cancer Institute. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has property tax payments of approximately $750K per year.
Cardiology Services- IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is a regional center for open-heart surgery, and its cardiac program provides diagnostic and interventional cardiac and electrophysiology procedures.
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers hip and knee replacement procedures in a multi-disciplinary healing environment.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the only facility between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne to offer Perinatology services and a level 3-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the care of high-risk pregnancies and newborns.
"Say hello to our little friend"—the daVinci Surgical System is the newest member of our surgical team. The revolutionary system gives surgeons the ability to perform even the most complex procedures in a minimally invasive way.
Most recently, the new, patient-centric 5 story south wing was unveiled. The $120 million facility includes 300,000 square feet of new and revitalized space, including 108 all-private patient rooms.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital provides top-quality care and has been awarded with more than 35 top national and international awards to prove its efforts. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the first Indiana hospital to receive NIAHO accreditation for compliance with Medicare rules, the first Indiana hospital to earn the American Heart Association Award for stroke care, and the first Indiana hospital to be awarded with ISO 9001:2000 Certification. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is also the third Indiana hospital to obtain “Baby-Friendly” designation from Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) for its commitment to infant health.
The hospital campus is home to Indiana University Health The Edmund F. Ball Medical Education Center and includes the largest physician-teaching program in Indiana outside of Indianapolis, with three residency programs and a total of 62 physicians in training. The hospital is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as an educational site for the first two years of medical school. The clinics provide low cost medical care for 25,000 patient visits each year.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Michael Haley serves as the hospital’s president and CEO.
2010-2013 IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Awards & Recognitions
- System Chest Pain Center accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care: Chest Pain Center accreditation is an exclusive, highly sought after seal of approval given only to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in quickly evaluating and treating individuals experiencing chest pain and other symptoms of a heart attack. Accredited Chest Pain Centers have efficient, well-run processes in place combined with a high level of expertise to ensure fast, accurate diagnoses and shorter door-to-treatment times. Such centers also have better outcomes for patients with heart attack symptoms, according to a national study published in The American Journal of Cardiology. Award December 2013.
- Consumer Reports Top 5 in Quality Among Teaching Hospitals: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was ranked fifth in the nation among 258 teaching hospitals (those with residency programs) for quality scores reported in the May 2013 issue of Consumer Reports. The quality rankings are based on five key measures of readmissions, complications, communication, overuse of CT scans and infection. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital had a quality score of 64, above the national average of 49. Awarded April 2013.
- First Critical-Access Hospital in Nation to Achieve Heart Failure Accreditation: IU Health Blackford Hospital, located in Hartford City, Indiana, became the first critical-access hospital (defined as 25 beds or less among other criteria) in the nation to achieve Heart Failure accreditation by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, signifying sizeable decreases in readmission rates of heart failure patients. Awarded April 2013.
- Echocardiography Laboratory Accredited by IAC for Adult Transthoracics: Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) represents a thorough quality review of its operational and technical components. Only facilities proven to provide quality patient care, in strict compliance with national standards, including a comprehensive application process and detailed case study review, attain this seal of approval. Awarded March 2013.
- Regionally Recognized High Performance Specialties: Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital ranked fourth in the state of Indiana—the highest-ranked hospital outside of Indianapolis—in US News and World Report rankings of Best Regional Hospitals. The IU Health System is also an honored member of US News’ Best Hospitals Honor Roll 2012-13, the only healthcare system in Indiana to be included in the rankings. Awarded February 2013.
- Highest-Ranked Hospital in IU Health System for Quality/Patient Safety: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital ranked highest among Acute Care Hospitals in the IU Health System for Quality and Patient Safety for 2012. Awarded February 2013
- 2011 Gold Award Certificate: Perinatal hepatitis B infection prevention: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was recognized for its established written procedures and standing orders, a high hepatitis B birth-dose rate and excellent post-exposure prophylaxis management of infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers. (Awarded 2012)
- The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™: Both of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital’s Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement programs earned recognition for adherence to the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards relating to infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. (Awarded 2011)
- Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium: The Heart Failure Program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital exceeded all requirements for accreditation, which included a thorough analysis of current practices, comprehensive reporting and in-depth interviews with HAC surveyors during an on-site visit. (Awarded 2011)
- ACOS Re-Accreditation: The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons announced that the IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center once again was granted one of the highest levels of accreditation possible. (Awarded 2011)
- ACGME Accreditation: The IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program has received notification of a full 5-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (Awarded 2011)
- AIUM Re-Accreditation: The IU Health Ball Memorial Perinatal Center/Center for Maternal & Fetal Health of East Central Indiana has been granted a re-accreditation in obstetric ultrasound by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) for a three year period. (Awarded 2011)
- IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital recognized for organ donations and cornea transplants: A silver level recognition was awarded to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for achieving excellence in organ donation from the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) at the 2011 Indiana Donation Collaborative. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was also the first hospital in Indiana to fly an IOPO Donate Life Flag in honor of organ donors, their families and recipients. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital received a third consecutive SIGHTation of Merit Award from the Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank in recognition of continued improvement in rates of cornea and tissue transplants from donors and their family members. (Awarded 2011)
- Get With The Guidelines™ Gold Performance Achievement Award: For the third year in a row, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital’s stroke prevention team has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines™ Gold Performance Achievement Award for its collaborative work with the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA.) (Awarded 2011)
- ICANL Accreditation: The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) granted accreditation to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital’s Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. (Awarded 2010)
- Multiple CARF Accreditations: The Physical Rehabilitation Center at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, representing the ninth consecutive three year accreditation IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has received from the international accrediting body. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital also received a three-year Stroke Specialty Program accreditation from CARF. (Awarded 2010)
- IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital honored with two VHA awards: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital received a pair of Volunteer Hospital Association awards recognizing clinical excellence. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is also the recipient of PEAK (Performance, Excellence, Achievement and Knowledge) Awards for Performance, in the categories of Patient Safety-Critical Care and Clinical Quality. (Awarded 2010)