Background on Health & Hospital Corporation


The Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana, operates two service divisions: the Public Health Division for Marion County and Wishard Health Services.The Corporation was formed in 1951 and is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees. The Mayor of Indianapolis appoints three, the County Commissioners two, and the City- County Council two, to staggered terms of four years each. The Board is bipartisan by statute. The Board levies its own taxes, adopts its own ordinances having the effect of local law governing health matters, and issues its own general obligation bonds subject to approval of the State Board of Tax Commissioners. The Corporation provides a full range of preventive and curative health services for the residents of Marion County, including indigent care.

Wishard Health Services is comprised of Wishard Memorial Hospital, Wishard's six community health centers and its Primary Care Center, Midtown Community Mental Health Center, Regenstrief Health Center, Wishard's Emergency Trauma Service, and Wishard's Ambulance Service. It also includes Lockefield Village, a 240 bed facility, which provides adult day care, intermediate care, skilled care, and a multi-level Alzheimer's unit.

Wishard Memorial Hospital is the only public, general acute care hospital in Marion County. The Hospital is managed by contract with the Indiana University School of Medicine. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for accreditation of Hospitals of the American Hospital Association; and the American Medical Association. At year end 1999, the Hospital had 250 staffed beds, including 220 adult and pediatric, plus 30 nursery and special care nursery beds. It is located on the campus of the Indiana University Medical Center. The Hospital is a major teaching hospital as well as a center for prestigious research institutes such as the Krannert Institute of Cardiology and the Regenstrief Institute.

The Public Health Division operates two service bureaus, which provide preventive and diagnostic health programs, health education, immunization and epidemiological programs, environmental health regulation and code enforcement. The Marion County Health Department operates from various clinics and health offices located throughout the county.

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