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‘It’s a big relief’: First frontline workers at IU Health BMH receive COVID-19 vaccine

From The Star Press MUNCIE, Ind. — After being the first frontline worker in Muncie to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine early Friday morning, Douglas Kuxhausen gave his fellow team members at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital a thumbs-up. Kuxhausen, a physician in the hospital’s emergency department, has been battling COVID-19 since March. Earlier in the pandemic, […]

Local holiday traditions continue, pandemic-style

From The Star Press Whether it’s sitting on Santa’s lap, attending a Christmas concert or gathering for a tree-lighting ceremony, the holiday season in a typical year is full of events featuring large crowds and close connections to family and friends. With Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest executive order limiting crowd sizes to 50 people in high-risk […]

Is it safe to gather this holiday season? What you need to consider before Thanksgiving

From The Star Press Rita Ullom was looking forward to her daughter, Ashlee Roffe, and her four grandchildren traveling from Chicago to Muncie this Thanksgiving. But, as for many families, COVID-19 put a stop to those plans. Due to Chicago’s current Travel Order, Roffe would have to quarantine for two weeks upon returning from Indiana. […]

Holidays May Require Sacrifice

By Hank Milius, President and CEO, Meridian Health Services Just recently, I was living in a hotel for a week because my wife, Terri, kicked me out of the house after 40+ years of marriage. Articles don’t usually start this way, but as we all know, this year has been far from normal. Please allow […]

Meridian opens new center for women struggling with addiction

From The Star Press To help women struggling with substance abuse across the state, Meridian Health Services recently opened the Women’s Recovery Home along Wheeling Avenue. A residential program, the home provides a two-phase care plan for women, including mental health and medical services. The impetus for the home came from Meridian’s Maternal Treatment Program, which provides […]

Delaware County weekly COVID-19 update, Aug. 18

Delaware County is experiencing a considerably high rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Last week’s tests (Aug. 5-12) resulted in an 8.2% positive testing rate; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent suggest that this number should be well under 5%.

Test for COVID-19, piece of cake

I’m not going to lie: I was a little nervous about getting tested for COVID-19. I did what they always tell you not to do: Google it. There, I saw a picture of a giant Q-tip go up through the nose and swab what looked like the brain. Not my idea of a good time.

‘The future of medicine’: Partnership to enhance Muncie as a leading medical hub in state

According to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Delaware County has the fourth-highest number of primary care physicians per capita in the state, a ranking that should mean the county is one of the healthiest. But it’s not.

Need for mental health services grows during pandemic

Reach out.

That’s the advice of Lisa Suttle, regional vice president of clinical services at Meridian Health Services.

Myths about masks: What you need to know for the mandate

As Governor Holcomb announced a statewide mask mandate to take place on Monday, many Hoosiers applauded the decision, others pushed back and some remain unsure.

IU School of Medicine study paves way for earlier autism diagnosis in Indiana

A 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 54 children in the United States is identified each year with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While children can be diagnosed with ASD as early as 2 years old, most children are still being diagnosed after the age of 4.

Episode 1: Remembering MLK Jr.

A talk with MHS board member Nancy Green, who discusses race and equity, a topic that strikes at the heart of Meridian’s central theme of whole-person health and integrated care.