IU Health

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Indiana has at least a dozen trauma hospitals which could respond in the event of a mass shooting like the one in Las Vegas Sunday night. But those campuses have varying capabilities.

Only four hospitals, all in Indianapolis, are rated as “trauma one”– the highest rating, with doctors specializing in certain types of surgery that may be required after a severe wound.

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we offer some helpful hints to budding entrepreneurs, including this one: If you want a city to give you a tax abatement, there are a few key words you can use to describe that investment you want to make.

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IU Health faces a number of challenges as it takes over operation of Frankfort Hospital, and new facility president Kelly Braverman says she’s not sure what she’ll address first – facilities or services.

“Kind of chicken-and-egg, maybe, a little bit," Braverman says. "What I would say is that we are going to do an assessment of the community needs, understand what the volumes are, and what services the community needs. That is the baseline information that you need to figure out what you need the building to be able to provide.”

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A popular flu vaccination option for children is not being recommended this year. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics is not recommending FluMist for the upcoming influenza season after a panel review found it to be up to 25 percent less effective than the flu shot.

Alzheimer's Association

A neurologist at the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center says Hoosiers could benefit from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposal to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

Dr. Liana Apostolova says increased funding and awareness could help Indiana patients and their families.

“In the state of Indiana alone we have 120,000 cases of Alzheimer’s with 300,000 caregivers, and the expenditures in our state alone are $4.5 billion a year,” she says.

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An Indiana University health policy expert says insurance companies might deal a big blow to Obamacare.

Last week, UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said it might withdraw from the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges after next year if it was unable to turn around what it calls huge financial losses.

While state and federal exchanges only make up a small percentage of the company's business, United says it will lose $700-million on them this year and next.

U.S News & World Report ranks IN hospitals

Jul 17, 2012

A Lafayette hospital is getting recognition from U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine ranks I.U. Health Arnett in a tie at number eight among all Indiana hospitals. It’s being cited for its high performance in the specialty areas of gastroenterology, pulmonology and geriatrics.

The other two ranked eighth are Clarian West Medical Center in Avon, and Howard Regional Hospital in Kokomo.

The magazine ranks I.U. Health in Indianapolis as the state’s best hospital with eleven nationally ranked specialty areas.