Suburban Indianapolis

Meeting the needs of our community in Suburban Indianapolis

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IU Health is a leading healthcare provider in central Indiana, providing high-quality and compassionate care to patients and community members. IU Health North, Saxony, Tipton and West hospitals are dedicated to serving the community by investing in local partnerships and by taking their team members’ skills outside hospital walls to improve the health of the community.

The Indy Suburban Region hospitals are committed to addressing the health priorities that are identified in each of their communities, such as access to healthcare services, obesity and diabetes, behavioral health and healthcare services for seniors.

The Indianapolis Suburban Region (ISR) hospitals have a strong presence among the northern Indianapolis suburb community, and they support numerous not-for-profit organizations and government agencies including schools, low-cost clinics, shelters, fire departments and chambers of commerce. Each Indy Suburban Region hospital has a unique partnership strategy within the communities that it serves.

Fresh & Fit

North, Saxony and West hospitals currently partner with The MAX Challenge fitness center to address several of the primary health priorities within their communities. Fresh & Fit is a free 10-week fitness and nutrition program offered to Hamilton and Hendricks County residents each year.

The program is designed to help community members get moving and improve their overall well-being through workouts, a nutrition plan, health screenings and motivation. Throughout the 10 weeks, participants receive three health screenings to track their progress, such as weight reduction and improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels and A1C.

Watch: Learn more about Fresh & Fit

Day of Service

Each ISR hospital also hosts its own annual Day of Service, which is a date that is dedicated to team member volunteerism in the community. During the Days of Service, IU Health team members volunteer for a variety of projects, such as park revitalization, first-aid kit and care package assembly, and activities impacting the social determinants of health.

Our Community Initiatives

The Indianapolis Suburban Region (ISR) hospitals have a strong presence among the northern Indianapolis suburb community, and they support numerous not-for-profit organizations and government agencies including schools, low-cost clinics, shelters, fire departments and chambers of commerce. Each Indy Suburban Region hospital has a unique partnership strategy within the communities that it serves.

Fresh & Fit

North, Saxony and West hospitals currently partner with The MAX Challenge fitness center to address several of the primary health priorities within their communities. Fresh & Fit is a free 10-week fitness and nutrition program offered to Hamilton and Hendricks County residents each year.

The program is designed to help community members get moving and improve their overall well-being through workouts, a nutrition plan, health screenings and motivation. Throughout the 10 weeks, participants receive three health screenings to track their progress, such as weight reduction and improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels and A1C.

Watch: Learn more about Fresh & Fit

Day of Service

Each ISR hospital also hosts its own annual Day of Service, which is a date that is dedicated to team member volunteerism in the community. During the Days of Service, IU Health team members volunteer for a variety of projects, such as park revitalization, first-aid kit and care package assembly, and activities impacting the social determinants of health.

IU Health North and Saxony Hospitals

IU Health North and Saxony hospitals are founding partners of the Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County, in conjunction with Community Health Network, Franciscan St. Francis Health, St. Vincent Health, Riverview Health and the Good Samaritan Network. This group seeks to improve and maintain the health of all county residents by optimizing access to healthcare, integrating healthy behaviors in the community and promoting preventative health services.

To further address the community’s health priorities, IU Health North and Saxony partner with a number of local non-profits. These include:

  • Trinity Free Clinic
  • Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide
  • The Heart and Soul Clinic
  • Aspire Indiana
  • The Indiana Women in Need Foundation
  • The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County
  • Mudsock Youth Athletics

IU Health North Hospital is also a partner of the Bike Carmel initiative, which helps to get families and people of all ages active by providing organized family rides and bike events in Hamilton County. Bike Carmel implements bike safety workshops, slow roll rides and gatherings to promote safe physical activity in the community. In 2019, over 2,000 community members participated in Bike Carmel with the opportunity to ride in over 15 public events.

In addition, IU Health Saxony Hospital has a unique partnership with the Fishers Fire Department Behavioral Response program to help behavioral health patients receive the appropriate follow-up care and support that they need. Through this program, Fishers EMS Duty Officers (EDOs) provide follow-up home visits for patients who have been discharged from the hospital with behavioral health-related conditions. The EDOs help to ease patients into home recovery after hospital discharge, and they provide follow-up education and home safety checks.

IU Health Tipton Hospital

IU Health Tipton Hospital is committed to improving the future of its community members, offering programs that lead to better health. The hospital also participates in a variety of community-building activities that address the social determinants of health.

Several examples include the support of local organizations and initiatives that focus on some of the root causes of health issues, such as transportation, chronic disease and access to healthcare. IU Health Tipton’s community partners include:

  • The Encore Lifestyle and Enrichment Center
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Tipton County
  • The Tipton Community School Corporation
  • Tri-Central School Corporation
  • Tipton City Park
  • Tipton County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tipton County Health Department

In addition to community partnerships, IU Health Tipton offers several events that help support healthy lifestyles and active living. The largest event is the annual health fair. Held every spring, the fair offers a variety of free and low-cost screenings. Screenings vary each year and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Blood draw (including glucose, A1C and cholesterol)
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Foot screenings
  • Echocardiogram screenings
  • Sleep disorder screenings
  • Bone density screenings
  • Colorectal cancer screening kits

These screenings are offered at no cost to community members attending the fair each year. IU Health Tipton also offers an Unwanted Medicine collection at the fair, which provides a safe and secure way to dispose of expired or unwanted medications.

IU Health West Hospital

IU Health West Hospital partners with many non-profit organizations in the Hendricks County area to better serve the health needs within the community. Some of IU Health West’s partnerships include Susie’s Place, Avon and Brownsburg Schools, and Brownsburg Parks.

IU Health West partners with Hope Healthcare Services in Avon to help meet the needs of Hendricks County residents who are uninsured or under-insured. Hope Healthcare serves more than 800 people each year with primary medical and dental care, chronic disease management and medication management. Multiple IU Health West physicians volunteer at the clinic, where medical and dental care are supported entirely by volunteer healthcare providers.

IU Health West also supports the Sheltering Wings organization, a domestic violence shelter located in the Hendricks County Town of Danville. Sheltering Wings helps victims of domestic violence acquire safe shelter, food, counseling and other emergent needs. They also provide educational programing in the Hendricks County area to help the community recognize signs of unhealthy relationships.

The Hendricks County Health Partnership is an integral organization that works with IU Health West to help identify local health issues and implement strategies to address concerns related to food insecurity, substance abuse, access to healthcare services, mental health and obesity.

To address healthy nutrition, IU Health West and the Town of Brownsburg also partner to present the town’s farmers market in May through September on the Town Hall Green. In addition to creating a venue for residents to access locally grown fresh produce, IU Health West and the Town of Brownsburg are committed to supporting at-risk individuals and families by accepting WIC and SNAP payments for produce, and by providing a collection location for produce donations to Brownsburg food pantries.

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