Community Benefit

Committed to our Communities

A Letter from the IU Health President and CEO

As Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare system, we are not only committed to but also feel responsible for helping our residents enjoy healthier lives. Over a 10-year time frame, we are going to demonstrably improve the health metrics of the state. We will do that directly through the care we provide in our facilities and the expertise of our physicians and care teams. But we also must do that in partnership with others. read more

Indiana University Health not only serves patients with acute health problems, but we proactively engage with the community to make an impact on health issues. In 2016, more than 600 babies died before his or her first birthday – too many families are grieving. Obesity limits 31.3 percent of Hoosiers from a high quality of life – too many Hoosiers suffer from this life-impacting disease. More than 20 percent of Hoosiers are addicted to smoking – too many of our friends are suffering from the consequences. The average Indiana resident reports 4.3 mental health days each month – too many of our neighbors are not receiving the treatment they need. As a state, we must do better.

We are calling on all healthcare institutions and community agencies to collaborate with us in turning Indiana into one of the nation’s healthiest states. Together, we must work to improve health outcomes for Hoosiers as our No. 1 goal.

At IU Health, we are dedicated to providing the best care to individuals in our communities and we have a plan in place to leave Indiana a healthier place for future generations to come starting with our four priority areas. With our team of partnering organizations, we aim to raise the quality of life for all Hoosiers.

Best wishes,

Dennis Murphy
President and CEO
Indiana University Health

Our Commitment to the Community

Every day, Indiana University Health carries out its mission to improve the health of patients and community members through innovation and excellence in clinical care, education, research and service. In 2016, IU Health invested more than $582 million in community benefit, and over $720 million in community investments, serving more than 1 million Indiana residents. Learn more about our community commitment priorities:

Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. Out of every 1,000 live births, 7.2 Hoosier infants will die within the first year.

IU Health is dedicated to being part of the prenatal journey by educating parents on safe sleep practices and the value of breastfeeding, so babies born at IU Health start their journeys with health on their sides. Read more.

Smoking is an addictive habit that can lead to serious health consequences. More than 20 percent of Indiana residents smoke.

Dr. Julie Clary, an IU Health cardiologist said she believes the future looks much brighter without cigarettes. “My goal is to help Hoosiers see the light beyond cigarettes. I want to help them quit so they can live fuller and happier lives.” Read more.

Being obese can lead to other health risks, including diabetes and some cancers. Almost one-third of Indiana residents are obese.

IU Health patient Lisa McCoy recalls, "I walked into the doctor’s office and she said, ‘You have diabetes.’ I knew then that I had to make a change. I always had that thought in the back of my head that I should get healthy. But when I was told I was diabetic, I realized it wasn’t an option anymore.”

Watch Lisa's story below or read more.

Behavioral health is not “one size fits all.” The average Indiana resident reports 4.3 poor mental health days each month.

With plans to increase the number of behavioral health professionals at facilities across the state, IU Health, Indiana’s largest healthcare provider and only academic health system, aims to significantly increase access to mental health services and addiction treatment for Hoosiers. Learn more.