Improving Health Access & Education

Gold Partners

Indiana State University

In 2007, Indiana State University ("ISU") approved the creation of a new comprehensive college to serve the needs of health-related professions. Acting on the recommendations of a campus-community task force and the University's chief academic officer, the ISU Board of Trustees approved the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services. The new college incorporates programs previously housed in the College of Health and Human Performance and the College of Nursing. Other health-related programs housed elsewhere, including in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, may elect to be part of the new college in the future. This strategic development is viewed as the best way to provide the health professions with the resources, visibility, identity, and leadership opportunities needed to be successful.

Union Health System

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley

Ivy Tech Community College is a primary educator of allied health and life science workers in the Wabash Valley Region. The College's overall success in meeting the community's educational needs is demonstrated by record enrollments during Fall 2008 of over 6,100 students. Currently, the Region enrolls over 650 students in a wide variety of health and life science career programs.

The School of Health Sciences provides students the option to pursue a technical certificate or an associate's degree, both of which prepare individuals to enter the job market immediately, or allows graduates to transfer credits to Indiana State University or other four-year institutions. In the allied health field, Ivy Tech Community College has responded to local employer needs and the tremendous opportunities in the health care industry to educate well-prepared health care professionals. The Wabash Valley campuses offer programming in health and life sciences areas including Biotechnology, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Registered Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing, Paramedic Science, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Therapeutic Massage.

Indiana University School of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine - Terre Haute ("IUSM") has begun an expansion of the medical school at the Terre Haute site. Specifically, the class of first year medical students was increased from 16 to 24 in the fall of 2007. Beginning with the expanded 2008 class, students accepted to the newly designed rural-focused curriculum will remain in Terre Haute for all four years of their medical training rather than move to the hub medical school site for years three and four. Over time, the number of medical students being educated in Terre Haute at any one time would at least double, from the current 32 to at least 64, and possibly higher. It is anticipated that most, if not all, of those students will be on the rural training track.

Hamilton Center, Inc.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana. The corporate offices are located in Terre Haute. Hamilton Center is building hope and changing lives for thousands of adults, children, couples and families. The offices are designed to be convenient, private and confidential, reducing the barriers sometimes associated with seeking psychological health treatment. Hamilton Center employs over 650 staff statewide, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, case managers, etc.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is also the only community mental health center in the state to operate a rehabilitation division known as Spectrum Services. This division provides services to adults living in Terre Haute with developmental/intellectual disabilities and social limitations with the ultimate goal of maximizing independent living and full community inclusion.

Silver Partners

Saint Mary of the Woods

Educational programs at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) combine a strong liberal arts foundation with emphasis on social responsibility and service. SMWC’s growing repertoire of programs in the health care fields include undergraduate programs in equine assisted therapy, health care administration, nursing and music therapy; an online RN to BSN completion; and nationally recognized graduate programs in art therapy, leadership development and music therapy. Additionally, The Woods has more than 40 years of distance education experience, aligning with the technological rural health care needs. As a primary partner in RHIC, SMWC offers distinctive programs that respond to the changing needs in the marketplace.

Bronze Partners

Indiana Rural Health Association

The Indiana Rural Health Association is a not-for-profit corporation developed for the purpose of improving the health of all Indiana citizens in rural settings. The Indiana Rural Health Association is a member-driven organization composed of a diverse membership.

The Association is committed to recruiting a diverse, grass roots membership with intrinsic strengths important to the task of providing meaningful forums. The forums provide opportunities for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the health care systems; identifying needs/problems within the rural settings; and assessing and developing leadership resources.

Valley Professionals Community Health Centers

Regional Hospital is a 278-bed community-based medical center with comprehensive medical and surgical programs.Regional Hospital Terre Haute Regional is accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In 2006, Regional Hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers. Terre Haute Regional Hospital is an organization dedicated to its Mission, Values and Vision and is committed to providing quality, individualized patient care to the communities we serve.