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Last winter saw a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Health experts say there is reason to be hopeful this second pandemic winter will be different. 

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Indiana surpasses 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. State data debunks a COVID-19 hospitalization myth. And more hospitals are reporting they are “in crisis mode.”

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After an unpaid two-week suspension period, which ended Tuesday, 125 IU Health employees chose not to get vaccinated and left the organization, according to an IU Health spokesperson. 

The spokesperson said in an email that the 125 employees that left make up the equivalent of 61 fulltime workers. 

IU Health announced in June that it would require all doctors, nurses, and other employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1.

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IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie is "in full crisis mode", says its leader.  Its affiliate hospitals in Jay and Blackford counties are in the same situation.  The reason: COVID-19 and its delta variant infecting, for the most part, unvaccinated people.

Dr. Jeffrey Bird, the president of IU Health East Central Region, says COVID-19 is the worst that it’s ever been here.  Yesterday, IU Health Ball was treating 104 COVID-19 positive patients.  These patients, Bird says, occupy approximately 40 percent of the hospital's beds.

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For the month of September, we're bringing you stories of workers across Indiana, about what they do and how they find meaning in their jobs. This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Justin Hicks profiles Jamie Beck, a housekeeper at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She’s an alumni of the Erskine Green Training Institute, a program that provides job training for people with disabilities.

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All IU Health inpatient elective surgeries and procedures will be suspended starting Sept. 6. This comes after last week’s announcement that half of elective procedures would be suspended starting Aug. 30. IU Health attributed the decision to surging COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases. The suspension will be extended as needed on a rolling basis for two-week periods.

Ninety-seven percent of IU Health’s more than 34,000 employees complied by Monday’s deadline with the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, according to an IU Health spokesperson.

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across Indiana, health systems are beginning to take steps not seen in months.

IU Health says it will temporarily suspend half of its elective inpatient surgeries and procedures system-wide beginning Monday, an IU Health spokesperson wrote.

The state’s largest health system says affected patients are being notified and their procedures will be rescheduled in about three weeks.

Emergency Mental Health Care (Repeat)

Aug 19, 2021
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Today we talk about what happens when law enforcement are called because someone shows signs of dangerous psychiatric issues.

How do police typically handle these situations, and are there proper protocols in place? And what are hospitals doing to make sure people are getting the help they need?

Produced by Drew Daudelin.

Guests:

Dr. Diane Reis
Psychiatrist, IU Health

Sgt. Lance Dardeen
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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Three community groups hosted a virtual event on Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to highlight racism in health care in the aftermath of the external review of Dr. Susan Moore’s death. Moore died in December from COVID-19 complications. In a viral Facebook video, Moore alleged racial bias in the care she received at IU Health North Hospital.

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Several community groups are criticizing IU Health’s response to the external review of Dr. Susan Moore’s death. Moore died in December from COVID-19 complications. In a viral Facebook video, Moore alleged racial bias in the care she received at IU Health North Hospital.

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An external review on the death of a Black woman doctor found the “medical management and technical care” she received from Indiana University Health did not contribute to her death. But the review also found a lack of empathy and compassion in the delivery of her care, according to a news release from IU Health Wednesday. 

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Medical professionals across the country are being vaccinated against COVID-19. For Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, a pulmonologist in Indianapolis, it was a day he'll never forget. He spoke with Side Effects Public Media's Carter Barrett, before getting the vaccine — and just hours after the first dose.