- Annual Report: Health & Public Service
Ivy Tech announces $20 million campus
ANDERSON, Ind. — A change to one of the state’s fastest growing colleges meant progress for Madison County in 2009.
In October, Ivy Tech Community College announced that it will build a $20 million campus on a 40-acre strip of land between 60th Street and Interstate 69 west of Exit 26 in Anderson.
- Local governments struggle with budget cuts ANDERSON, Ind. — The recent economic recession, statewide property tax caps and a delayed property tax collection schedule combined in 2009 to create a budget nightmare for municipalities all over the state. In Madison County, some local governments had to take drastic measures to balance their books, including laying off workers and transferring the costs of services to their citizens. Other municipalities have so far been able to escape the budget crunch relatively unscathed.
- Profile: Embracing simple foods Steve Mullins was facing a lifestyle change – whether he wanted one or not. The question only remained as to whether it would come in the form of daily pills to regulate his glucose or a serious change in his eating habits. “He wouldn’t have been happy at all taking pills every day,” said his wife, Janet. “We tried to make changes in our eating habits before, but it didn’t work.”
Area hospitals tout advances
ANDERSON, Ind. — Better technology is only part of the picture when it comes to improving health care in Madison County. Here’s a look at what’s new and improved at the county’s three hospitals.
President and CEO Dr. William VanNess II said the hospital’s cardiac care has improved with the addition of a coronary interventionist who practices at Community through a partnership with Indiana Heart Hospital. That has allowed Community to treat more serious narrowings of heart arteries.
- Profile: Purdy reports more stress-related issues Twenty years on the front line of health care in Anderson as a family physician has provided Dr. Charles Purdy with an overarching view of the general health of the Madison County population. Patients’ health issues and their attitude toward health care in general have changed in recent years.
- Drug, alcohol use high in county ANDERSON, Ind. — The county ranks higher than state averages in the usage of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, according to a local epidemiology report released in 2009. The use of such substances, was also attributed to a recent state health ranking that listed Madison County 79th of 92 counties in terms of health.
Profile: Treatment by trial
ANDERSON, Ind. — A doctor in her clinical trial for a new medicine told Sarah Lapp that she was going to be on the cutting edge of cardiology. Lapp, 64, informed the physician that she had been on the “cutting edge” for more than 50 years.
“I was born with pulmonary stenosis,” said the Anderson native, “and have had two open-heart surgeries, one in 1958 and one in 2004.” Lapp is a subject at Community Hospital’s Clinical Research Center, in a study for a new anticoagulant similar to Coumadin.
- Money goes father with alternative medicines ANDERSON, Ind. – The hands are the best tools to work out pains and stresses, even during a recession, according to alternative medicine clinic owners. “If they want drugs and surgery, they should call their MDs,” said Dr. Gary A. Young, an Anderson chiropractor. “If they want to bypass all of that, I’ll help 80 percent of them – at least.”
- 2009 saw changes in the courts ANDERSON, Ind. – The very year that America opted for a major change in the executive branch with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Madison County’s judicial branch followed suit with three new judges and several initiatives to prevent crime before it happens. Superior Court 2 Judge George Pancol started the new year replacing Judge Jack Brinkman after his retirement.
- Madison County responds to H1N1 threat ANDERSON, Ind. — Saint John’s Medical Center’s emergency room stayed busier than usual during the last quarter of 2009, thanks to a new strain of the flu virus that had public health officials crying pandemic. Saint John’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Gary Brazel said the emergency department saw increased volumes for a period of about four to six weeks when dealing with 2009’s outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus, also called swine flu because the first cases were reported in pigs.
- Ivy Tech announces $20 million campus ANDERSON, Ind. — A change to one of the state’s fastest growing colleges meant progress for Madison County in 2009.