Primary Care

Indiana University Health Blackford Hospital Primary Care physicians are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and preventive medicine. We provide primary care services through high quality, personalized care for patients of all ages.

IU Health Blackford Hospital Primary Care physicians treat patients both in the hospital and in the primary care practice located in the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital. If necessary, adults may be admitted to the hospital, while children who require admission for treatment of severe injuries, infections or chronic illnesses will be referred to Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Our team of providers is dedicated to getting and keeping you well. We work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and health status. In addition to medical treatment, our providers offer other services to patients in the hospital, such as smoking cessation education.

At IU Health Blackford Hospital Primary Care, our primary care physicians admit patients under three classifications:

  • Acute care. Acute care provides patients with short-term treatment for a severe injury or illness, urgent medical conditions or during recovery from surgery. A variety of medical or surgical specialists offer treatment, which may include diagnostic services, surgery or follow-up outpatient care. Our goal is to allow you to return home as soon as your condition stabilizes.
  • Observation care. Observation care treats patients whose condition does not require a hospital admission, but who may need follow-up, testing or monitoring and observation. This may include such conditions as chest pain, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration or allergic reaction. Patients under observation will generally remain in the hospital for 23 hours or less. Observation care allows healthcare professionals to conduct medical evaluations to determine the level of care needed.
  • “Swing bed” care. Under the Social Security Act, IU Health Blackford Hospital can use its beds, as needed, to provide either acute care or skilled nursing care. This means that patients receive personalized treatments tailored to their changing needs. For example, patients may be transferred from a nursing home to receive skilled care at IU Health Blackford Hospital. Medicare Part A (the hospital insurance program) covers post-hospital extended care services furnished in a swing bed hospital.