IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is a community hospital with 360 beds, serving as a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital for east central Indiana. Its referral base is approximately 500,000 spanning a 10-county area.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was also recently named as one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States in the teaching hospital category. Active in medical education for more than 70 years, the hospital provides internships and residency programs for more than 50 house staff members representing family medicine, internal medicine and transitional year.
The hospital maintains a close affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine as a satellite center for first- and second-year medical students. In addition, many third- and fourth-year IU School of Medicine students complete required and elective clerkships at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Residents and faculty are therefore actively involved in the teaching of medical students.
The hospital's medical staff consists of more than 300 physicians representing more than 50 specialties. Supported by the hospital's commitment to excellence, the medical staff has strong backing from the hospital board and administration, which has historically provided diagnostic and treatment capability enhancement.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital's library contains 10,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 900 journals. Free computerized literature searches, Internet access and free photocopying are available to residents, who have ample work areas with personal telephones and dictation equipment.
Originally constructed in 1929, the facility has been extensively updated in recent years. A five-story Outpatient Medical Pavilion opened in the 1990s to provide services such as ambulatory surgery, physician offices offering a variety of medical specialties, resident offices and conference rooms. The IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center became fully operational in 2002, and a re-designed Emergency Department opened in 2005.
The most recent addition to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the South Tower (with new critical care units, progressive care, step-down units, and medical floors), which opened in early 2009.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has developed an extensive computerized medical record system that facilitates viewing patient records from multiple sites in the hospital. This supports an organized review and completion of medical records. Full online medical journal and textbook capabilities are available on Internet-enabled workstations. Each resident is issued a laptop computer for instant access to all resources.
We provide excellent ambulatory training in our $9.5 million, 62,000-square-foot Edmund F. Ball Medical Education Center. The center, which was completed in 2000, also houses the Muncie campus of the IU School of Medicine and the Janice B. Fisher Learning (simulation) Center.
The Learning Center creates a positive and safe learning environment and offers a lasting first impression for new hires and working associates. The Learning Center supports the mission of the organization by promoting patient safety and wellness as well as improving the health status of the people of east central Indiana and surrounding areas through community and healthcare provider education.
The Learning Center was funded by an endowment given by the Janice B. Fisher family and is located in the lower level of the Edmund F. Ball Medication Education Center at 221 N. Celia Avenue, Muncie, Indiana.