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New "In the Process" trauma centers named - update

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commission approved four hospitals as “in the process” trauma centers at the August 20 meeting: Community East, Community North,  Community  South of Indianapolis and Methodist Northlake of Gary.

Eight Indiana hospitals— St. Elizabeth-East, Lafayette; St. Vincent-Anderson;  Good Samaritan, Vincennes; and Community Hospital of Anderson; Community East, Community North and Community  South, Indianapolis; and Methodist Hospital—Northlake Campus (Gary)—have become trauma centers for purposes of the Triage and Transport Rule (as “In the Process”). The rule was adopted by the EMS Commission in mid-2012, requiring that seriously injured trauma patients be taken to trauma centers. The rule has three definitions of “trauma centers.”  One of those defines “trauma centers” as hospitals “in the process of American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verification.”

The red areas on the map (page 1) are those now within 45 minutes of a trauma center.  Roughly 78% of Hoosiers can access a trauma center within 45 minutes and 89% of Indiana interstate miles are now within 45 minutes of a trauma center.


Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Governor Pence has proclaimed September 23 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD). The 2014 FPAD is supported by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), which will be observed on September 23, the first day of Fall. The theme is Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow, and the goal is to raise awareness and prevent falls. 

New to the 2014 campaign, the NCOA encourages using #FPAD14 in all falls-related social media posts. The Indiana Falls Prevention Coalition is part of the Falls Free Initiative of NCOA and worked to produce the Governor’s proclamation.

The NCOA has debunked some common myths about falls:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.

Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that 1 in 3 older adults—about 12 million—fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.

Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer may help prevent falls. 

Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.

Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity—not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.

Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.

Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.

For more information on Falls Prevention, visit: and


Parkview to host Second Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium

Parkview Regional Medical Center will host the second annual Child Maltreatment Symposium on September 17. The event is free, includes either lunch or dinner and is open to all who work with children. Speakers include physicians, law enforcement officers and a local judge. Learn more about the course description, objectives and accreditation on the registration website.

Two sessions will be offered:

For clinicians and non-clinicians who work with children

· 11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

· Registration link:

For physicians, mid-level practitioners and board members

· 3:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.

· Registration link:

For more information, contact Lisa Hollister, Manager, Trauma Services—Parkview Regional Medical Center, at


Social Media: #SafetyIN

The ISDH Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention is now utilizing social media. Find safety tips and more information on the ISDH’s Facebook Page and Twitter (@StateHealthIN). Look for posts that use the #SafetyIN hashtag for all Facebook and Twitter posts.


Injury Prevention Advisory Council update

The Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) works to reduce the number and severity of preventable injuries in Indiana through leadership and advocacy.  Those working in injury prevention and have an interest in working to create a safe and injury-free Indiana are encouraged to be a part of IPAC.  IPAC meets quarterly to network and learn more about injury prevention.  Members also receive electronic updates with important injury prevention articles, news and resources.

IPAC’s last meeting of the year will be Thursday, November 20 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST. The 2015 meetings will be from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. in Rice Auditorium on the following days:

If you are interested in becoming a member of IPAC or would like more information, contact Jessica Skiba at  or at 317-233-7716.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015


Firework injuries reporting form

All hospitals and private medical practices are mandated by law to report firework injuries and deaths to the ISDH to be published in an annual report. The 2014 Indiana Firework-Related Injury Report will be assembled and published this Fall. The reporting cycle for 2014 lasts from Sept. 13, 2013 through Sept. 12, 2014. Per Indiana Code 35-47-7-7, reports must be completed within five business days after examination of the injury. The 2013 Firework-Related Injury Report can be found at:

Forms can be found at

The law requiring reporting can be found at

Forms can be faxed to:  (317) 233-8199, Attn: Injury Prevention Epidemiologist or mailed to:

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Questions can be directed to 317-233-7716.


National Child Passenger Safety Week

National Child Passenger Safety Week 2014 is September 14-20. The goal of the week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly securing all children in appropriate car restraints for the child’s age and size, whether it be rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats or seat belts. Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 years. According to U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data, nearly 2 children under the age of 13 were killed and 332 injured each day in 2012 while riding in vehicles. More than one third of the children killed in car crashes in 2012 were not in car seats, booster seats or seat belts. National Seat Check Saturday on September 20 caps off the week with car seat check events.

The Automotive Safety Program has a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations, which can be found at:

A Parent’s Guide to Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars, a product of NHTSA and can be found here: For Indiana-specific NHTSA data, visit:


National Rehabilitation Awareness week, September 21-27

Submitted by: Annette Seabrook, MPT, FACHE Program Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Franciscan St. Francis Health Chair, Indiana Rehab Task Force of the Indiana Hospital Association

The National Rehabilitation Week is a nationwide celebration to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and capabilities of people with disabilities. Each year, thousands of rehabilitation providers and health and human services agencies join together to celebrate the powers of rehabilitation and share the message that through rehab, there is hope, achievement and success. The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF) states that “the week is designed to promote the value of rehabilitation; highlight the capabilities of people with disabilities; to salute the professionals who provide service to people with disabilities; and to renew our nation's commitment to fulfill the unmet needs of people with disabilities."

The theme for the 2014 National Rehabilitation Week is Challenging Disabilities, Changing Lives.

History of National Rehabilitation Week (from

  • Allied Services healthcare system first celebrated National Rehabilitation Week in 1976 as a small scale local awareness campaign
  • In 1990 Allied joined forces with rehab facilities across the country to secure a Presidential proclamation which officially designated the third week in September as National Rehabilitation Week.
  • In 1997, for the first time, it was celebrated under the banner of the newly-established National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation.
  • The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation’s (NRAF) mission is to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation; develop programs which aim to increase opportunities for the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities and help those who are disabled live up to their fullest potential.
  • Through the National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration, the foundation focuses the nation's attention on capabilities rather than disabilities; and increases awareness of the tremendous power and impact of rehabilitation.

Please join us in recognizing and thanking all the rehab providers in Indiana!


Trauma Registry Rule - update

The Trauma Registry rule, signed into law by Governor Pence last October, requires all EMS transport providers, hospitals with emergency departments and the State’s seven rehabilitation hospitals to report trauma cases to the ISDH trauma registry. The rule has been effective since November 24.

The following EMS services have submitted data to the Indiana Trauma Registry for 2014:

  • A&A Township VFD 
  • Aboite Township VFD
  • Adams County EMS
  • Adams Markleville Fire Protection Terr.
  • Air Methods Corporation / UCAN
  • Air Methods—Kentucky
  • Albany EMS
  • Alcoa EMS
  • Alcoa EMS—Newburgh
  • Alexandria FD
  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Argos Community Ambulance
  • Batesville Vol. Fire & Rescue Depart.
  • Beech Grove FD
  • Boone County EMS
  • Burns Harbor FD
  • Care Ambulance (Indianapolis)
  • Calisle Lions Community #24
  • Carroll County EMS
  • City of Gary FD
  • City of Lawrence FD
  • City of Nappanee EMS
  • City of Rushville FD
  • Columbus Regional Hospital Ambulance Service
  • Culberson Ambulance Service
  • Decatur Township FD
  • DeKalb EMS
  • Dublin VFD Inc.
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Fayette County EMS
  • Fountain County Ambulance Service
  • Fulton County EMS
  • Gas City Rescue Squad
  • Gaston VFD
  • Gibson County EMS
  • Goshen FD
  • Grace on Wings
  • Grant County EMS
  • Greenfield FD
  • Harrison County Hospital EMS
  • Hoagland EMS & VFD
  • Honey Creek FD
  • Huntertown VFD
  • Indianapolis EMS
  • IU Collegiate EMS
  • IU Health—Bedford EMTs
  • IU Health - Bloomington EMTs
  • IU Health—Lifeline
  • IU Health—Paoli EMTs
  • Jay County EMS
  • Jefferson Township Ambulance So.
  • Keener Township EMS
  • King’s Daughters’ Health EMS
  • Knox County EMS
  • Lake Hills VFD
  • Lakeshore EMS
  • LaPorte County EMS
  • Lutheran Hospital EMS
  • Madison Township VFD
  • Marion General Hospital EMS
  • Memorial Hospital Ambulance
  • Milan Rescue 30
  • Mital Steel Indiana EMS
  • Monticello FD 
  • Moral Township VFD
  • Morgan County Emergency Management
  • Multi-Township EMS
  • New Carlisle Area Ambulance Service
  • New Caste/Henry Co EMS
  • New Washington VFD
  • Noblesville FD
  • North East Allen Co. Fire & EMS
  • North Webster/Tippecanoe Township EMS
  • Northwest Ambulance Service
  • Osolo Emergency Medical
  • Parkview Huntington EMS
  • Parkview LaGrange EMS
  • Parkview Noble EMS
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center EMS
  • Perry County Memorial EMS
  • Pike County EMS
  • Posey County EMS
  • Prompt Ambulance Central
  • Putnam County Operations
  • Randolph County EMS
  • Richmond FD
  • Ripley County Emergency Life Squad
  • Ripley County EMS
  • Rush Memorial Hospital EMS
  • Salem Township EMS
  • Scott County EMS
  • Scott Township VFD
  • Seals Ambulance Service
  • Sheridan FD
  • South Bend FD
  • Southwest Fire District
  • Southwest Medical Service
  • Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad
  • Spencer County EMS
  • St. Joseph Township FD
  • St. Mary’s LifeFlight
  • St. Mary’s Warrick EMS
  • Steuben County EMS
  • Sugar Creek Twshp FD
  • Sullivan Co. Ambulance
  • Sullivan FD
  • Sunman Area Life Squad
  • Terre Haute FD
  • The Methodist Hospitals EMS
  • Three Rivers Ambulance Authority
  • Tippecanoe EMS
  • Town of Plainfield Fire Territory
  • Town of Schererville
  • Town of St. John
  • Tri-Creek Ambulance Service
  • Turkey Creek Fire Terr.
  • Wabash FD
  • Warren County EMS
  • Washington Twshp/Avon FD
  • Wells County EMS
  • Whiting FD
  • Whitley County EMS
  • Wolcott Ambulance Service
  • Woodburn FD

The following hospitals have submitted data to the Indiana Trauma Registry for 2014:

  • Cameron Memorial
  • Clark Memorial
  • Columbus Regional
  • Community Anderson
  • Community Bremen
  • Community East
  • Community Howard
  • Community North
  • Community South
  • Daviess Community
  • Deaconess Gateway
  • Deaconess Hospital
  • Dearborn County
  • DeKalb Health
  • Dukes Memorial
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Elkhart General
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Floyd Memorial
  • Gibson General
  • Good Samaritan
  • Greene County
  • Hancock Regional
  • Hendricks Regional
  • Henry County Memorial
  • IU Health—Arnett
  • IU Health—Ball Memorial
  • IU Health—Bedford
  • IU Health—Blackford
  • IU Health—Bloomington
  • IU Health—Goshen
  • IU Health—LaPorte
  • IU Health—Methodist
  • IU Health—Morgan
  • IU Health—North
  • IU Health—Paoli
  • IU Health—Riley
  • IU Health - Tipton
  • IU Health—White Memorial
  • Jasper County
  • Jay County
  • Johnson Memorial
  • King’s Daughters’ Health
  • Kosciusko Community
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Major Hospital
  • Margaret Mary Hospital
  • Marion General
  • Memorial Hospital (Jasper)
  • Memorial Hospital (Logansport)
  • Memorial South Bend
  • Methodist—Northlake
  • Methodist—Southlake
  • Monroe Hospital
  • Parkview Huntington
  • Parkview LaGrange
  • Parkview Noble
  • Parkview Randallia
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Parkview Whitley
  • Perry County Memorial
  • Portage Hospital
  • Porter—Valparaiso
  • Pulaski Memorial
  • Putnam County
  • Reid Hospital
  • Rush Memorial
  • Schneck Medical Center
  • Scott County Memorial
  • St. Anthony—Crown Point
  • St. Anthony—Michigan City
  • St. Catherine Regional (Charlestown) 
  • St. Elizabeth—Central
  • St. Elizabeth—Crawfordsville
  • St. Elizabeth—East
  • St. Francis—Indianapolis
  • St. Francis—Mooresville
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center —Mishawaka
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center - Plymouth
  • St. Margaret—Dyer
  • St. Mary’s of Evansville
  • St. Mary’s Warrick
  • St. Vincent Anderson
  • St. Vincent Clay
  • St. Vincent Frankfort
  • St. Vincent Indianapolis
  • St. Vincent Mercy
  • St. Vincent Salem
  • St. Vincent Williamsport
  • Sullivan County Community
  • Terre Haute Regional
  • Union (Clinton)
  • Union (Terre Haute)
  • Witham
  • Witham at Anson

The following rehabilitation hospitals have submitted data to the Indiana Trauma Registry for 2014:

  • Community Health Network

  • Community Howard

  • Rehabiltiation Hospital of Fort Wayne

  • Rehabilitation Hospital of Indianapolis

Save The Date - 2014 Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

The 2014 Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium: Reversing the Tide of Opioid Abuse will be held on October 16 and 17 at the Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. The first day will include a half-day session followed by a reception featuring special guests. The second day will be a full day program beginning at 8. The agenda can be accessed at:

The symposium will have continuing education credits, including: CME, CLE, CEUs for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Professionals, State Board of Pharmacy credits, and LETBs for Law Enforcement. 

To register for the event, visit:

Contact Natalie Robinson at 317-233-6143 or with any questions.


Calendar of Events

The ISDH Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention Event Calendar is available at:

A calendar of educational events from around the state is available at:


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