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Regional Hospital joins Rural Health Innovation Collaborative

October 13, 2014

For the second time this year, the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative has welcomed a new partner to its efforts in education, research and economic development.

The collaborative's board of directors has approved Terre Haute Regional Hospital as a supporting member. The move brings to 14 the total number of partners for the organization launched in 2008 to help address the medical needs of underserved communities and serve as a catalyst for economic development centered on health care.

"We are pleased to welcome Terre Haute Regional Hospital to this effort," said board President Dan Bradley, also president of Indiana State University. "The addition of a second hospital to the collaborative will greatly expand opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration in the health care arena and provide a significant boost to efforts to attract new investment in health care related businesses that will bring more jobs to the Wabash Valley."

"Terre Haute Regional Hospital is excited to join the collaborative and work with area health care partners on improving health care in the community through a variety of outreach efforts and community education," said Mary Ann Conroy, CEO.

The 278-bed hospital on Terre Haute's south side is a community-based medical center with comprehensive medical and surgical programs. It is accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Earlier this year, the hospital was recognized by the commission for the third year in a row as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Saint Mary-of-the Woods College and Harrison College joined the collaborative earlier this year as primary partners. Indiana State University, the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute, Ivy Tech Community College, the Terre Haute Economic Development Commission, the City of Terre Haute, Union Hospital and Hamilton Center were founding partners in the collaborative, launched in 2008. Indiana Area Health Education Centers, the Indiana Rural Health Association and Valley Professionals Community Health Center have since joined as supporting members.

Contact: Stephanie Laws, executive director, Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, 812-237-3630 or slaws@uhhg.org

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, and communications chair, Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu