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From the Journal & Courier LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ryan Leaf’s free fall from a top NFL draft pick to a burglar in search of the next high is legendary. Leaf freely tells the tale, the good and the bad, during speaking engagements throughout the country. Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft […]

Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots are now available locally. Here’s how to get one.

From the Star Press MUNCIE, Ind. — As COVID-19 booster shots become more widely available, many local healthcare providers are beginning to see an increase in demand for vaccines. Officials from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Meridian Health Services and Open Door Health Services told The Star Press they have all experienced a peak in interest in COVID-19 […]

Delaware County’s COVID cases fall 23.4%; Indiana cases plummet 20.4%

Indiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 21,314 new cases. That’s down 20.4% from the previous week’s tally of 26,760 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. Indiana ranked 18th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of […]

Meridian’s ‘Flu-Lapalooza’ free flu shots, drive-thru COVID-19 testing, vaccines return

From The Star Press MUNCIE, Ind.  — As flu season inches closer while the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Meridian Health Services will once again kick off October with its one-day Flu-Lapalooza vaccine event. The free flu shot clinic will run 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 6, at various Meridian locations throughout Indiana, including four sites in Muncie. During the event, the […]

Governor’s adviser hears local issues impacting substance misuse fight

From Richmond Palladium-Item RICHMOND, Ind. — The COVID-19 pandemic not only sickens and kills Wayne County residents, it causes isolation that creates disconnect and loneliness. That exacerbates an epidemic that struck the county long before COVID’s March 2020 arrival: substance misuse. Christine Stinson, executive director of the Wayne County Health Department, said she thinks there is a […]

Reid, Meridian partner for maternal treatment program called The Nest

From Reid News July 30, 2021 — Reid Health and Meridian Health Services have joined together to launch a maternal treatment program in Richmond called The Nest. Substance use disorders, drug overdose deaths, and neonatal abstinence syndrome continue to be a significant problem in Wayne County. From January to August 2019, Reid had 543 deliveries […]

Rethinking the school nurse’s office: Meridian offers clinic at Southside Middle School

From Muncie Star Press MUNCIE, Ind. — If you’ve ever made a trip to the school nurse’s office, memories of ice packs, bandages or lying down on a stiff couch probably come to mind. While those basic care remedies are still being provided, the way children receive their healthcare locally might begin to change, starting […]

Ball Brothers Foundation Awards More than $3.3 Million in Grants

From the Star Press MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded more than $3.3 million in its first round of grants for 2021, including funds for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and messaging support to local health organizations, and recovery and rebuilding support to Delaware County schools. The COVID-19 vaccination support totals $250,000, with grants awarded […]

Lafayette substance abuse efforts get $851,000 grant

From Journal & Courier LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Men and women wanting to overcome substance abuse, and those in the Greater Lafayette area championing their recovery, will now have nearly $1 million in funding to facilitate that recovery. A grant from North Central Health Services totals more than $861,000, bestowed to Meridian Health Services and Home […]

Delaware County COVID vaccine clinics change hours, locations as public demand remains low

From the StarPress MUNCIE, Ind. — While vaccine distribution was going strong in Delaware County for months, with local clinics vaccinating hundreds to thousands of patients every week, things have continued to slow down as summer approaches. According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard, 38,288 Delaware County residents had been fully vaccinated as of Friday morning, […]

Meridian to move COVID vaccines to 2 primary care sites after sharp decline in interest

MUNCIE, Ind. — After a sharp decline in local vaccine interest, Meridian Health Services will be transitioning its vaccine clinics into its primary care site offices, starting Monday next week. Since January, Meridian’s Suzanne Gresham Center has provided thousands of Moderna vaccines to the community, and was one of few in the state to do so as […]

Meridian Health Services and Home with Hope Merge to Expand Addictions Services

LAFAYETTE, IND. – Meridian Health Services and Home with Hope in Lafayette are pleased to announce a merger between the two, extending and advancing addiction recovery for men and women along with the addition of a new Maternal Treatment Program in the region. Meridian has been busy building bridges and creating a continuum of care […]