Union Health

New Relationship to Improve Local Accessibility to Highly-Skilled Emergency Room Physicians

Union Hospital, the Wabash Valley’s largest hospital and home to west-central Indiana’s highest-volume emergency department (ED), today announced a collaboration with Indiana University Health to improve local accessibility to highly-skilled emergency room physicians. The collaboration involves physician staffing of Union Hospital’s emergency department by IU Health – which begins on February 14, 2017.

Union Hospital – like many other hospitals across Indiana and the US – has utilized an emergency room physician management company for a number of years. Unlike in prior years, however, IU Health is the new partner of choice.

According to Steve Holman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Health and Union Hospital, “Union Hospital’s mission is to provide compassionate care of the highest quality to our community.  This collaboration with IU Health will further our mission by ensuring that patients in our emergency departments receive the best care possible.” Holman adds, “Our emergency department has worked very collaboratively with IU Health for the care of trauma patients for years, this enhancement of that emergency department relationship ensures an even stronger continuity of care between the two organizations for our patients.”

On Friday, Feb. 3, in celebration of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day, Union Health welcomed over 200 guests to the beautiful Union Hospital atrium for the second annual High Tea for the Heart event – an afternoon of food, fashion, fun and most importantly education in support of women's heart health. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women nationally and within the state of Indiana – and is a key health priority for the Wabash Valley. Union Health created the “High Tea for the Heart” event in 2016 as an annual reminder to the women throughout the Wabash Valley of the importance of prioritizing their heart health.

From humble beginnings as a two-story frame house on North Seventh Street to a 380-bed regional referral center serving patients in west-central Indiana and east-central Illinois, Union Hospital celebrates 125 years of service to the Wabash Valley.  Union Hospital will celebrate Founders’ Day on August 17 in honor of its founding on that day in 1892 by Drs. B.F. Swafford and L.J. Weinstein – along with various employee celebrations including Doctors’ Day and Hospital Week . Beginning in January, anniversary signage will be posted around campus. Beginning in February, highlights from Union Hospital’s 125-year history will be shared via social media with the broader community in a series of “Throwback Thursday” postings.

Union Hospital deeply values our current, former, and future employees. Union Hospital adjusted timeclock rounding and pay policies for non-exempt hourly employees in October of 2015 based on an internal evaluation. Our current policies are realistic and employee-friendly while meeting the operational needs of a large healthcare organization. Union Hospital maintains timeclock rounding and pay policies at the community and industry norm and was the proud recipient of the “Best Place to Work” designation from both the 2016 Tribune Star Readers’ Choice Awards and the 2016 WTWO Viewers’ Choice Awards.

Governor Mike Pence recently announced the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). The revised program (HIP 2.0) will both expand HIP and replace traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled Hoosiers ages 19-64. To learn more about HIP 2.0 or to see if you're eligible, contact Claim Aid at (812) 238-4411.

 

In a continuous effort to provide the absolute best care to patients, Union Hospital has partnered with Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) to provide around-the-clock physician care for expectant mothers.

The new OB hospital program at Union Hospital brings an experienced team of board-certified obstetricians on-site 24 hours a day, seven days at week to focus on providing consistent care to patients in Union Hospital, as well as emergent care to those arriving in labor and delivery.

“Our hospital-based OB physicians, will work with our community’s physicians to provide patients with improved continuity of care,” said Kristi Williams, Union Hospital Director of Maternity Services and Pharmacy. “In instances where a patient’s physician cannot arrive in time for delivery or may already be delivering another baby at the hospital, our patients can be confident knowing we always have experienced obstetricians onsite ready to deliver.”

Williams added the hospitalist would not replace a woman’s own OB, they simply extend the safety net for private practice obstetricians.

In the event that a patient’s physician is not available, OB hospitalists can proceed with performing examinations, evaluate the progress of labor and review test results and fetal heart rate tracings. Union’s hospitalists will be in communication with the patient’s physician and will have access prior medical records.

“Having this program assures a women’s obstetrical care will never be delayed. We’re excited to offer this level of care to our patients,” Williams said.

Union Hospital’s Maternity Services also offers around-the-clock anesthesiology, which ensures women in labor will not have to wait for pain relief based on the availability of an anesthesiologist.

Admitted patients of Union Hospital and Union Hospital Clinton can now get online access to their health records through the My Union Health Access patient portal. A link to the My Union Health Access portal can be found at myunionhospital.org.This electronic access will allow adult patients, 18 years of age and older, the ability to review their medical history after their stay at either facility.

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