Improving Health Access & Education

Founding Partners

City of Terre Haute

The City of Terre Haute, under the direction of the Office of the Mayor, is dedicated to assisting in creating and maintaining a vibrant, prosperous, economically balanced community offering housing and employment opportunities for all citizens. Included in its efforts to achieve this goal, and in alignment with the RHIC initiative, the City administers programs designed to eliminate slum and blight, create affordable housing opportunities, build and maintain the physical infrastructure of eligible neighborhoods, provide for urgent need, and facilitate economic development activities. Through these and its many other initiatives, the City of Terre Haute is working diligently to continuously improve the quality of life for all in the Terre Haute community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Terre Haute Economic Develop Corporation

Representing a cross-section of the region's industries - including the expanding life sciences and health sectors - the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation ("THEDC") is uniquely situated at the intersection of business and economic development. The THEDC works closely with local, regional and state agencies to create a strong link for industry needs, promoting job retention, job creation, and business investment in the Terre Haute community. One way the THEDC distinguishes itself is through the availability of turn-key, "profit-ready" buildings and industrial properties, as well as through its ability to effectively and efficiently manage those facilities.

Union Hospital

Union Hospital exists to serve its patients with compassionate healthcare of the highest quality. Union Hospital, Union Hospital Clinton, and a network of primary care physicians join together to provide comprehensive care to residents of west central Indiana and eastern Illinois. Union's facilities include two hospitals, 24 primary care physicians and six hospitalists. As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Union Hospital is committed to providing advanced, quality healthcare to its communities. Since its beginnings in 1892, Union has continued to improve and expand services, facilities and the skills of employees to provide care to all residents of the Wabash Valley, regardless of their ability to pay.

Primary Partners

Harrison College

Founded in 1902, Harrison College is a career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 4,000 students worldwide and over 300 students in the Wabash Valley. The Terre Haute campus offers many programs in the School of Health Sciences where students are challenged to understand the changing landscape of the health care industry while experiencing many real-world scenarios. Harrison's student-centered environment and focus on job preparation help students enter the workforce soon after graduation. Classes are available onsite, online and in a blended format that allows students the needed flexibility to complete their degree requirements. Harrison offers programs in Health Care Management, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Reimbursement Technology, and an online RN to BSN program.

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.

Supporting Partners

Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

A healthy Indiana needs healthy communities. And it needs health care professionals located in all areas of the state from the inner cities to the rural neighborhoods prepared to help educate citizens about health problems and issues and to provide quality service. Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) play an important role in providing communities with health care professionals prepared to meet their needs.

Indiana AHEC's mission is to improve the supply, distribution, generalist-specialist balance, and quality of health care professionals and support personnel through collaborative community and academic partnerships.

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.

Terre Haute Regional Hospital

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.

Valley Professionals Community Health Center

The Valley Professionals Community Health Center (VPCHC) fulfills a significant need for primary and behavioral health care services to the citizens of Vermillion and Parke Counties, located in west-central Indiana. Vermillion County is federally designated as a Low-Income Population Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and a Low-Income Medically Under served Population (MUP). Vermillion County, population 16,234, is targeted as one of Indiana's poorest counties with 30.10% of the population below the 200% level of poverty. Parke County is the contiguous county located directly east of Vermillion. Parke County is federally designated as a geographic HPSA and a partial-county geographic Medically Under served Area. Parke County's population of 17,152 is 30.26% below the 200% level of poverty. Vermillion and Parke Counties are both rural.