Each year Indiana University Health North Hospital promotes health and wellness in the community by providing free screenings and health education opportunities for area residents and students. In addition, the hospital supports numerous Hamilton County nonprofit organizations through financial and in-kind donations in order to help meet the health needs of the community.
“Our efforts go far beyond the walls of the hospital,” said Jon Goble, president and CEO of IU Health North Hospital. “Our staff is dedicated to helping people in our community live healthier lives by offering a variety of free health screenings and free seminars on health-related topics. We are passionate about the work we do to benefit the community, and we strive to be a resource for our community’s healthcare needs.”
Other 2012 community benefit highlights include:
• During the annual IU Health Day of Service in May, more than 120 associates at IU Health North Hospital volunteered to build Habitat for Humanity home panels. As a result, two homes were built for families in Hamilton County.
• The Kindergarten Countdown program with the United Way helped to prepare Sheridan Elementary students for kindergarten in 2012 through Kindergarten Countdown summer camps that provided at-risk youngsters basic skills for school.
• To increase local access to healthcare, IU Health North Hospital provided free vision and dental screenings at the annual IU Health North Pumpkin Patch Festival to more than 75 children. Blood pressure screenings were also provided along with health education and family activities.
• IU Health North supported a car seat safety program sponsored by the Carmel Police Dept. and Trinity Free Clinic. The hospital’s donation was used to purchase car seats for families in need. To help prevent injuries to children riding in cars, IU Health North devotes 10 hours each month to conducting free car seat safety inspections for community members. In 2012, the hospital staff inspected 144 car seats for safety.
As one of four members of the IU Health system’s Indianapolis Academic Health Center, IU Health Saxony Hospital’s community benefit efforts are reported in conjunction with IU Health’s Indianapolis area hospitals. The following numbers indicate the total contributions made by all four hospitals:
• Free or reduced-cost care to more than 139,000 patients ($183 million)
• Community health improvement initiatives ($24 million)
• Health professions education ($63 million)
• Research ($36 million)
• Financial and In-Kind Contributions ($6 million)
A copy of the 2012 Community Benefit report is available at www.iuhealth.org/getstrong.