Three Hospitals, IU Clinics Have Bloomington Residents Covered

Bloomington scores well on Sperling's stress index as a small metro area that’s among the country's least stressful places to live. That's a healthy start.

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On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 14:05
Bloomington IN

Bloomington scores well on Sperling’s stress index as a small metro area that’s among the country’s least stressful places to live. That’s a healthy start. Bloomington Hospital helps, too. It has been a community foundation for more than 100 years and serves people in 10 counties, admitting 13,600 last year. The hospital has 355 beds, delivers more than 2,000 babies a year and in 2007 performed 20,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries. An array of specialties includes regional institutes and centers for cancer, orthopedics, neuroscience, behavioral health, occupational health, and heart and vascular care. A center for women and children includes high-risk pregnancy care and a Level 2 special care nursery. Bloomington Hospital also offers home health services that include hospice and bereavement care. Patients and their families can create their own Web sites to keep loved ones up-to-date through a partnership with CaringBridge, a non-profit that provides the service free of charge. Rich with amenities, Monroe Hospital has flat-screen televisions and Internet access in each of its 32 private rooms. The small, private hospital opened in 2006. Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Research is also in Bloomington, with an applied health sciences department that offers graduate degrees in health education and public health. Community outreach programs are bountiful. Also on campus are IU’s School of Optometry and its IU’s Atwater and Community eye care centers. The department of speech and hearing sciences is here too, as are a hearing clinic and speech and language clinic that serve the larger community. A major operator of freestanding psychiatric clinics across the United States, Psychiatric Solutions Inc. runs Bloomington Meadows Hospital, which offers in-patient treatment programs for kids, teens and adults as well as outpatient services. Want to stay healthy a long, long time? Stay active. The city routinely does well on lists as great spots for active retirees.