Community Update: Union Health Expands Offerings | Local News


Several new and expanded healthcare services have become available at Union Hospital and other Union Medical Group facilities over the past year.

They understand:

The milk bank

On Tuesday June 1, 2021, Union Hospital celebrated its transformation into a milk depot / Donor Milk Express site for The Milk Bank.

The Milk Bank is a nonprofit organization that promotes community health by expanding the safe use of human milk for all babies, especially premature and sick infants. Union Hospital will act as a donation site to accept milk from nursing mothers with infants under two years of age. Union Hospital will ensure the safe handling, storage and transportation of donated breast milk.

“Partnering with The Milk Bank to become a Depot and Express site is a wonderful way for us to continue to serve families in our community,” said Kristen Moore, Director of Maternity and Childhood Services. “We are proud to increase access to safe donor milk here in Vigo County. The availability and use of donated breast milk can lead to fuller babies and healthier outcomes during childhood and adolescence.

To learn more about how to become a breastmilk donor, call The Milk Bank at 317-536-1670 or toll free at 877-829-7470. For more information on women’s health services at Union Health, visit

Saturday Sports Injury Clinic

One team provides care to athletes at 13 high schools in the Wabash Valley and that’s the Union Health Center for Sports Medicine team.

This fall, the Saturday Sports Injury Clinic is available every Saturday through October 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Bone and Joint Center at 1725 N. Fifth St., located on the Union Health campus. Appointment not required. Staff include Union sports physicians Andy McDonald and Eric Pickrell.

Pain clinic

Union Hospital Clinton announced a new outreach initiative in partnership with the Union Health Pain Clinic in Terre Haute. It offers assessments to help patients manage their pain.

Chantelle Allen, nurse practitioner, specializes in interventional pain management, opioid use disorders and chronic pain management. She is available to work with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan to effectively manage their diagnosis.

“Patient care is at the center of everything we do at Union Health,” said Stephanie Laws, administrator and vice-president of Union Hospital Clinton. The expansion of the Union Clinton Hospital Suite 200 Pain Management Center provides communities in Parke and Vermillion County with access to highly trained pain specialists. Our specialists will offer you a wide variety of treatments that can reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. We believe the pain is real and deserves compassionate attention. “

Pain management joins the cardiology, nephrology, general surgery, pulmonology and orthopedics departments in office 200. Appointments are available the first and third Monday of the month and can be made by calling the Clinic. Union Health Pain Department at 812-231-4676.

Post-COVID Active Recovery Therapy

Patients who have recovered from an active COVID-19 infection often continue to experience a host of lingering symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, muscle pain, decreased muscle strength, and problems. balance. Professional help may be needed to help patients rebuild their lives to what it once was.

Whether the patient has been hospitalized or recovered at home, prolonged inactivity can lead to a number of sequelae. In just one week, there can be a 10-20% loss of strength, making daily tasks more difficult and putting you at a higher risk of injury. It is at this point that cohesive care becomes essential to the patient’s continued recovery.

After a comprehensive assessment, a Union Health therapist will create an individualized plan of care with patient-centered goals. Typical sessions last 40 to 60 minutes, two to three times a week, until goals are met. To learn more about Union Health’s active post-COVID recovery program, or to refer your patient, contact our nearest outpatient clinic.

Ambient experience

Medical tests can stress patients, but at Union Health we believe in delivering healthcare from a patient perspective.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of a powerful magnet, radio waves, and computer technology to produce detailed images of the body’s structures and organs. This is a painless procedure that varies in duration between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the scanned area and the number of images taken.

During a scan, patients can expect the equipment to make a variety of different sounds, including thumping and clicking. Union Health now offers MRI scans with ambient experience.

In general, MRI scans are very sensitive to patient movement. Any movement can distort the examination, making it difficult to acquire high quality images. The Ambient Experience was designed to help patients relax and stay still during a head-first MRI scan.

If you are planning an MRI, ask how the ambient experience can provide a calm and comfortable patient experience.

Walk-in Cork Medical Center

When it isn’t an emergency, but you need to be seen quickly, Cork Medical Center is available.

The center in Marshall, Ill., Now accepts walk-in visits for minor injuries and illnesses from established patients. From Monday to Friday, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., patients with acute conditions no longer need an appointment. Cork Medical Center is located at 408 N. 2nd St. in Marshall, Illinois. For any questions or concerns, call 217-826-2361.

Rockville Family Medicine

Union Health’s Rockville Family Medicine continues to grow with the addition of two nurse practitioners. Dale Voges and Amy McCalister recently joined the downtown Rockville clinic and work alongside Dr. Janis Ingebrigtsen.

Voges and McCalister provide compassionate and comprehensive care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses, including physical exams, vaccinations, minor surgeries, mental health counseling, preventive care and visits to healthy children.

Rockville Family Medicine is located at 111 W. High Street in Downtown Square. To make an appointment, dial 765-569-2057. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Cardiac scans in Union-Clinton

Taking care of your heart has never been easier with the Union Hospital Clinton Heart Scanner. This simple, non-invasive test detects the warning signs of heart disease – which can be treated, and even reversed, if caught early enough.

“It’s a very simple test that takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The results are instantly known so patients can follow up with their doctor to see what the next steps are, ”said Stephanie Laws, administrator of Union Hospital Clinton.

Heart scans are generally recommended for men over 40 and women over 45 who have a family history of heart disease but have no symptoms. Other risk factors include smoking, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

The cost of a heart scan is $ 49. Due to the state subsidy in some intensive care hospitals, no insurance is necessary. The exams must be paid for in cash or with your health savings account before the test.

For more information on heart scans at Union Hospital Clinton, call 765-832-1317. You can also visit


With age, comes its share of challenges. Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Although BPH is a benign disease and not related to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

As the prostate enlarges, it presses and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, weak or slow urine flow, a feeling that you cannot completely empty your urine. bladder, difficulty or delay in starting urination, an urgent feeling of needing to urinate, a urinary stream that stops and starts.

Dr Mohammed Zaher is certified with the UroLift System, an early treatment option that can keep men away from BPH medications and avoid major surgery. To schedule an assessment with Urologist Mohammed Zaher, DO, call 812-242-3130.

Union health volunteers

The very first No One Dies Alone program, NODA, was established in 2001 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon. This mission, “No one is born alone, therefore no one should die alone,” has since spread around the world.

NODA is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of medical staff, Compassionate Companions help bring patients a dignified death.

While the program has been operational for 20 years globally, it is new to Union Health. Under the direction of the chaplain’s office, the NODA program seeks interested and respectful members of our community, including current hospital associates and volunteers to serve as compassionate companions.

Due to the sensitive nature of the program, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and must not have experienced the recent death of a close friend or family member within the past year. Compassionate companions should also be empathetic, compassionate, and respectful of all cultures and belief systems.

To learn more about the NODA program or to become a volunteer, contact the chaplain’s office at 812-238-7628 or [email protected]

– This article was provided to Tribune-Star by Union Health.


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