Preeminent Critical Care

Our objective evidence and best practices position Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital as a national leader in critical and complex care. IU Health Methodist Hospital is the largest emergency department in Indiana and one of the largest in the U.S. with 96,887 patient visits in 2008. We are one of two adult Level One Trauma Centers in Indiana. We have 130 critical care beds: more than any other Indiana hospital and nearly 800 infants were treated in 2006 at IU Health Methodist Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III facility.

IU Health Methodist Hospital has critical care specialists and surgeons on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have more than 180 emergency department registered nurses on staff. IU Health Methodist Hospital surgeons perform more surgeries on nights and weekends than other hospitals at any time of day. And our patients are not diverted to other hospitals due to capacity limits -- a customary practice elsewhere.

Sixty percent of patients are referred to IU Health Methodist Hospital by outside doctors, hospitals and health systems.

IU Health Methodist Hospital has the only 24-hour critical care transport service offering three types of patient transport:

  • Fleet of four LifeLine helicopters, operated by Omniflight
  • Ground ambulances that travel statewide
  • Airplane transport

IU Health Methodist Hospital is the worldwide founder in echocardiology and leaders in the use of mechanical heart-assist devices. We are one of six heart and lung institutes in the nation. IU Health Methodist Hospital is also the official hospital for the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.