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By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Our very own Katera Huff, LCSW was featured as a guest on the show Wellness Matters.  The show discussed winter wellness including diet, nutrition, exercise, realistic goals for new year’s and the winter blues. Thanks again for representing Meridian!  
By Meridian Health Services on Friday, December 27, 2013
Denise Reeves, an OB/GYN and founder of the Muncie Women’s Center, is now a doctor with Meridian Health Services.

“With the changes going on in health care, it just makes much more sense to be a part of group instead of being out here on your own,” she said. “And I really like their focus on holistic health. Treating the whole body is important and having access to behavioral health services is great.”
By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, December 05, 2013

This year, families will have more ways than one to get into the Christmas spirit without opening their wallets.

Beginning Sunday, the Suzanne Gresham Center, a division of Meridian Health Services, will welcome East Central Indiana families to their inaugural “Holidays at Gresham” event, a drive-thru light exhibit with 64,000 lights and, if all goes well, an animated, talking reindeer.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, November 22, 2013
The fundraising gala for Meridian Health Services has welcomed high-energy, well-known acts to their event and the 2014 Rialzo is no exception.

Eighties rocker Rick Springfield will headline this year’s annual event, following past acts such as Kool & the Gang, Pointer Sisters, Three Dog Night and the Fifth Dimension.
By Meridian Health Services on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Meridian Health Services has been awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand primary healthcare in east central Indiana. 
By Meridian Health Services on Monday, November 11, 2013

Meridian Health Services was featured on the front page of the New Castle Courier Times newspaper.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Community Forum for HIV/AIDS in Muncie tomorrow with Randy Lykens representing Meridian Heath Service's HIV Care Coordination program and resources.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, October 17, 2013
People with mental illness die earlier than the general population and have more co-occurring health conditions. 68% of adults with a mental illness have one or more chronic physical conditions.
By Meridian Health Services on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Free screenings for depression will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Meridian Health Services offices on the second floor at 630 E. Main St. in Richmond.
By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Delaware County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free Family-to-Family Education program starting September 19th. This is a 12 week course specifically designed for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 23, 2013

MUNCIE — The late Eileen Moore, advocate for all children, enjoyed community activities that gave families time to have fun together.

She saw these events — such as the annual Gresham Health and Fun Fair — as opportunities for families to relieve their stress and remember what they love about each other, building memories to fall back on when times got tough.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, May 02, 2013

MUNCIE — Supporters of Meridian Health Services are still singing “Joy to the World” after the success of the agency’s annual Rialzo fundraiser.

During the fourth annual gala event, Meridian raised $85,000 from ticket sales, auction items and direct appeals for funds during the evening that featured Three Dog Night, more than double what the organization raised in 2012.

By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hollywood's red carpet had nothing on Saturday night’s Rialzo IV Charity Gala.

Those entering Muncie's Horizon Convention Center walked down a black and white, “red carpet”-style entrance, many in formal evening attire.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announced the award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits for 20 developments at their board meeting this morning. Walnut Commons, a 44 unit supportive housing development in Muncie for those experiencing chronic homelessness, including Veterans, was on of the stellar projects funded.
By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013
MERIDIAN’S GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES program - a collaborative project with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital - is only a few years old, but already has made a difference.
By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

“WELL, LOST, BUT IN A WAY, FOUND.”

That’s how Andrew Hughes describes his feelings since moving into the Eber House, one of six Meridian Health Services residential group homes.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

MERIDIAN HEALTH SERVICES’ CONNXXIONS PROGRAM is designed for people with a dual diagnosis - both mental and developmental issues.

“Basically, we help people to build skills to understand themselves and understand how best to cope,” says Deceil Moore, regional clinical manager at Meridian and the founder of the program. “That’s part of the job that all of us have, right? Understanding how to meet our own needs. We are doing that for people of all ages who have both developmental challenges and mental health challenges.”

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

Chloe Mills, 23, had been using drugs for almost half her life. Introduced to marijuana at a young age, she quickly moved to Xanax, then ecstasy, then opiates, including Vicodin. A victim of sexual and physical abuse, Chloe had plenty of reasons to take drugs.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

TWO BLACK LABS, ONE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER, AND A Labradoodle tugged at their leashes and dragged their owners one recent crisp winter afternoon. They ran. They played. They posed for pictures. Each are pedigreed, in tip-top shape. These are the puppies of Rialzo.

If it isn’t their lineage that makes these dogs special, it is their people, the ones who believe profoundly in Meridian Health Services. It’s their people who are Meridian devotees. Every year since 2010, Rialzo fans have been bidding on dogs and betting that they can make a difference. The payoff: Community-wide awareness regarding whole-person health.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

Imagine 5,000 children at hundreds of schools in 26 counties throughout the state who need help sorting out life’s challenges. These are elementary children, middle schoolers and high school teen-agers, and the issues they face run the gamut.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

TYLER HILL NEEDED A JOB, SO IN MANY ways his story was no different than that of any other young person looking for work.

Except Tyler Hill is deaf.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

WORKING WITH CHILDREN OF ABUSE IS MORE THAN just a job for Patty Covington, director of Meridian’s Child Advocacy Center. She herself was a victim of child sexual abuse.

“I am a survivor,” says the mother of three. “I went into foster care when I was 13. So that has kind of given me my passion. In my opinion, we’re all put here for a reason, and I really feel like this path is just part of my journey.”

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

DAVID EMEL COMES TO THE DROP-IN CENTER EVERY morning. Five days a week. He’s a regular.

He’s 53.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

Dr. Saber Bahrami is a remarkable man. Just ask anyone who knows him. Born in Afghanistan, his youth was spent in abject poverty. He was the only one of his mother’s children to survive infancy.

His widowed mother and her brother somehow orchestrated an education for Dr. Bahrami. Once in high school, he eagerly participated in a youth exchange program, spending a year in Missouri.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

MERIDIAN HEALTH SERVICES ADVOCATES “WHOLE person health” – that is, caring for all aspects of a patient’s well being. Physically, mentally, socially, Meridian seeks to integrate health care.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Francesca Maio, who prefers to be called Frankie.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, February 22, 2013
MUNCIE — Three Dog Night is used to singing “Jeremiah was a bulldog” in front of sold out crowds, and that will definitely be the case in Muncie.

The band will headline Rialzo IV, the gala fundraiser for Meridian Health Services.

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Local school officials say arming teachers in the classroom is not the answer

MUNCIE — Should teachers be armed with more than lessons in the classroom?

Local school and law enforcement officials say “no.”

In the wake of the mass shooting in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers in at least five states have proposed bills that would allow teachers to carry handguns. 

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
MUNCIE — All the hip-shaking and toe-tapping during the annual Rialzo gala for Meridian Health Services does more than support the agency.

From the time of the fundraiser’s creation, three arts partners — Muncie Civic Theatre, Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Cornerstone Center for the Arts — have been beneficiaries to the gala, not only financially, but in terms of networking as well.

“Getting our name out there, to the many business owners that attend the event, has been huge for all of us,” said Robby Tompkins, executive director of Cornerstone. “We’ve received in-kind donations and free advertising that we could never afford if it weren’t for Rialzo. People know more about what each of us do and that’s been something we don’t take for granted.”

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, January 17, 2013

MUNCIE — The time is now for the community to break the stigma often surrounding mental health, according to Bob Coles of Meridian Health Services.

On Jan. 23, Coles will be a part of the “Protecting our children” community forum, a time to openly discuss concerns regarding mental health in Delaware County.

After the shootings in Newtown last month, mental health professionals wanted to address mental health issues in a larger format — especially the faulty belief that people with these behavioral issues are prone to violence.

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

by David Fassler, M.D. - AACAP.org

Parents and teachers are faced with the challenge of discussing the recent tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut with young children. Although these may be difficult conversations, they are also important.

There are no "right" or "wrong" ways to talk with children about such traumatic events. However, here are some suggestions that may be helpful:

Create an open and supportive...

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MUNCIE Get ready to sing the words “Jeremiah was a bullfrog. Was a good friend of mine” in the Horizon Convention Center next year.

Popular 1970s pop/rock band Three Dog Night — singers of the popular hits “Joy to the World,” “Mama told me (Not to come),” “Black and white” and more — will step on the stage for Rialzo IV on March 16.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, November 16, 2012

MUNCIE — The city - and especially its children - lost a “walking angel” Tuesday when Eileen Moore, a child advocate in her personal and professional life, passed away after her long fight with cancer.

As the program manager for the Child Advocacy Center, a division of Meridian Health Services’ Suzanne Gresham Center, Moore regularly counseled child victims of unspeakable crimes with such compassion and serenity, she was often credited with giving mothers back their children.

By Meridian Health Services on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Free Webinar on Understanding Depression: How to Help Yourself or a Loved One.
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2–3:30 pm EDT
Register FREE at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/224381306
By Meridian Health Services on Sunday, October 07, 2012
For many of us, October is a time to focus on baseball. One in five Major League Baseball teams will be entering into the postseason having just won their division, and will captivate us on their quest to win the pennant. Approximately 20 million Americans will watch the World Series on television, and thousands more will spend an average of $500 to watch a game in person.

Fewer Americans are likely aware that the first full week of October is also Mental Illness Awareness week. Yet, mental illness is an issue that affects many more of us each year. In any given year, one in five Americans will experience a mental illness.
By Meridian Health Services on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, September 06, 2012
She was a junior in high school when she knew what her life’s work would be. “I was part of a mentorship program even then working with troubled kids. I mentored a first- and sixth-grader once a week. I’d go into their school and we’d talk,” said Margaret Richardson, the Children’s Services Regional Clinical Manager at Meridian Services.
By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 27, 2012

At a LifeTouch photo booth, Nikki Lyons of Muncie was taking a moment to get ID pics of her son, Keanan, 7, and stepson, Jordan, 6.

“I work for LifeTouch, and I know it’s a good cause,” Nikki said...

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 27, 2012

At The Villages’ Healthy Families booth in the gymnasium, Kim Windjack, supervisor, noted that the day at Meridian Health Services Fun Fair 2012 was a momentous one.

“This is our first year,” Windjack said. “I know Eileen Moore from PCA, and she told us about this...

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 27, 2012

A big thank you to our many exhibitors who participated in the Fun Fair:

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Del. Co. Health Department
Del. Co. Safe Kids
...

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 27, 2012

On a mildly hot Saturday afternoon in August, about 3,000 visitors gathered outside the Suzanne Gresham Center on Muncie’s west side for the fifth annual Fun Fair, held by Meridian Health Services.

All manner of bouncy castles, games, and even a dunk tank entertained the crowd as many of them took advantage of free health tests and services offered inside...

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 27, 2012

Lillyan Davis,5, gets her blood pressure taken during the 2012 Meridian Health Services Fun Fair.

In an office down the hall, Wendie Combs of Muncie was waiting to get free blood pressure checks with her husband and their daughter, Christina, 16...

By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 25, 2012

Standing behind the main stage at the Meridian Fun Fair, waiting for his cue, Yorktown’s Seth Cook chatted about his motivation in participating in this fifth annual event.

“It’s my second year out here,” Cook said. “I like being out here for the kids, and I had a lot of fun last year...

 
By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 24, 2012

MUNCIE — Whether the focus is on health and wellness or on a fun day out of the house, the fair at the Suzanne Gresham Center is geared toward keeping children safe and happy.

For the fifth year, inflatable houses will line the center’s parking lot as children wait their turn to bounce from wall to wall, bumping into new friends and laughing along the way.

A pizza lunch will fill their bellies while parents learn about local programs that could broaden their children’s horizons.

And it’s all free.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 24, 2012

Meridian Health Services’ Dr. Sarfraz Khan says timeless truths are just what the doctor ordered.

His grandfather was a scientist. He graduated from medical school and is a board-certified psychiatrist for Meridian Health Services. He has many cousins that are medical doctors. Two of his children may also become physicians. Yet the most important lessons and timeless truths for Dr. Sarfraz Khan didn’t come from higher education. They came from his mother during his formative years living in Pakistan. Be kind. Help people. Remember how important family is.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 13, 2012

Kyle Wire is a teen with autism and challenging family issues. His parents were divorced and he lived with his mother. A couple of years ago, Kyle’s mom was stricken with a physical illness and had to enter a nursing home. What would happen to Kylewhile his mom was recovering?

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 13, 2012
Mary Grey Amy Neff

FosterHope, a division of Meridian Health Services, is one of the few foster programs in Indiana that specializes in the needs of children with behavioral issues. Meridian identifies and trains special families to provide therapeutic care with the hope of reuniting children with their families.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, June 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- There may be no such a thing as "the perfect mother," but Eileen Moore comes pretty close.

Kind yet firm, loving but not a pushover, always sharing a warm smile when discussing her children and the joys of motherhood, she is the epitome of a mother as nurturer.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, June 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- The annual Rialzo gala and fundraiser for Meridian Health Services isn't only about getting on the dance floor and jamming to the Pointer Sisters, Kool & the Gang or the Fifth Dimension.

It's also a time to celebrate the partnerships between the health agency and the East Central Indiana community.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, June 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- A Chicago developer has picked a new location for Muncie's first "supportive housing" project, a proposed $7 million, 44-unit apartment building focused on preventing and ending homelessness.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, March 15, 2012

 "Meridian Health Services understands the powerful connection between the body and the mind and is creating a new holistic approach to health care. Treating the whole person rather than independent parts alone, is resulting in happier, healthier patients". - Hank Milius, Chief Executive Officier

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Thursday morning, the CEO of Meridian Health Services announced the Pointer Sisters would perform at Rialzo III, the black-tie fundraiser for the behavioral health agency's children's services program.

 

 

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Meridian Services is more than just Central Indiana’s premier provider of quality behavioral health services. It’s true that individuals with challenges can find expert and compassionate treatment at Meridian Services, but where Meridian really shines is in its dedication to a higher quality of care through the integration of health services.

 

 

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Meridian Services is celebrating 35 years of service in behavioral health by “renewing lives with compassionate care.”

Believing that total health means a balance of mental, physical and social well-being is one of Meridian’s many goals, according to Medical Director, Dr. Sarfraz Khan.

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

As a local health care system driven by community leaders, Meridian Services cares about and is committed to improving the lives of Central Indiana residents.

 

 

 

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Meridian Health Services is proud to have two of the top ten finalists for the 2011 Person of the Year, Eileen Moore and Scott Smalstig.

 

 

 

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, December 01, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Christina (Tina) Drummond and Kimberly J. Canan for achieving the first ever Spirit of Meridian Awards!

 

 

By Meridian Health Services on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
Hank Milius has been president and CEO of Meridian Services for almost exactly 10 years, but hadn’t stopped to think about when the precise anniversary might be.
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
At events like Fun Fair, Bob Coles seems to be everywhere– and wherever he’s not, someone is probably looking for him. He’s touching base with participating vendors, making sure everything is going smoothly and trying to resist the urge to try out the inflatable games himself.
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
Bob Coles, vice president of clinical services at Meridian, talks about the Fun Fair:
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
While visiting the Gresham Center Fun Fair, Megan Templin talks about what Meridian Services has done for her family.
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
In a 22-year medical career, Dr. Sarfraz Khan has been a trauma physician in emergency rooms, a primary care doctor and a psychiatrist. He now directs medical care at Meridian Services, including both psychiatric and physical care.

The combination of services provided through the Meridian MD program have made a huge impact on the overall health of patients, Khan says.

By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011
Eileen Moore has been working with children at Meridian Services for 18 years. She started as one of just a handful of clinical social workers on the staff and has been part of the organization’s phenomenal growth. Today, Moore is program manager for the Child Advocacy Center, which is part of Meridian’s Suzanne Gresham Center.
By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011

mainThere were lines to everything but no one seemed to mind Saturday at the fourth annual Gresham Center Fun Fair.

One of the longest lines was the one leading to the free child safety photo IDs provided by Life Touch Photo studio. “I had my baby and 2-year-old niece here earlier,” said Brandi Hileman, of Hartford City. “Then, I came back with my two nephews for this.”

Families received the free child ID, along with a free photo proof and instructions on how to order more. Charles Dent and Julia Baker were manning the booth for Life Touch...

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 26, 2011

Of all the challenges families face every day, few can be as lonely as those that involve depression or chronic behavioral problems. You’re afraid to talk about it. You think it’s your fault. You don’t even know where to turn for help.

That’s why Meridian Services organizes community outreach events like this weekend’s fourth annual “Fun Fair” in Muncie. For kids there will be lots of games, inflatables, face painting, basketball contests, dunk tank and prizes. For parents, it’s a chance to see the full range of services available at Meridian and to also meet with over 30 local organizations providing family, health and safety resources...


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