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IU Health contributes nearly $345 million to benefit Indiana communities

Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, building Habitat homes, and helping children get ready to read among 2012 highlights.

| IndianapolisEach weekday, the Indiana University Health Garden on the Go® mobile produce program brings fresh fruit and vegetables into underserved neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Resident Missouri Clark relies on that weekly delivery.

“I look forward to every Wednesday getting my fruits and vegetables and I eat them more often now than I used to,” said Clark. “It’s more convenient and the cost is reasonable. As a senior citizen that helps a lot. It is a good product, everything is nice and fresh. I call it a godsend.”

Clark’s visits were among the thousands of community members in underserved neighborhoods across Marion County in 2012 that shopped Garden on the Go, totaling over 18,998 transactions. These are just some of the nearly 1.3 million Hoosiers who were aided by IU Health’s community benefit initiatives in 2012.

Community benefit highlights:

  • Free or reduced-cost care to over 139,000 patients (nearly $183 million)
  • Community health improvement initiatives ($24 million)
  • Health professions education ($63 million)
  • Research ($36 million)
  • Financial and In-Kind Contributions ($6 million)

“These community benefit programs directly support IU Health’s statewide mission to improve the health of our patients and our communities through clinical care, education, research and service,” said Ron Stiver, senior vice president for Engagement and Public Affairs, IU Health. “The services we provide our friends and neighbors make a real difference in Hoosier families’ lives and in 2012, we continued to identify proactive ways to meet community needs.”

Other 2012 community benefit highlights:

  • During the annual IU Health Day of Service, more than 2,200 team members volunteered across the state built 25 Habitat for Humanity home panels, impacting the lives of 100 people in Indiana. Four of the homes were given to victims of the devastating 2012 tornado in Henryville, Ind.
  • Provided 400 at-risk children in 10 communities, the opportunity to attend Kindergarten Countdown summer camps to learn basic skills for school, in conjunction with United Way. Campers achieved a 19 percent increase in Get Ready to Read scores.
  • To prevent falls of seniors, 500 IU Health team members made simple home modifications, such as installation of grab bars, in the homes of 128 older adults in seven IU Health communities, through the partnership with the CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions Safe at Home initiative.

View the Report
A copy of the 2012 Community Benefit report is now available at To schedule an interview with an IU Health leader, please contact Sally Winter at 317.962.4589 or


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