Methodist Health Foundation supports several programs throughout Indiana University Health Methodist and University hospitals and the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. See the outcomes below to learn more about the impact that our donors are having on patient care.
Behavioral Health, Cognitive Behavioral Institute
The IU Health Behavioral Health Program includes a variety of services to support patients with behavioral, psychiatric and psychological needs. Thanks to a $2.1 million gift from Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt, Methodist Health Foundation is funding a new Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Center for Professional Enrichment. Behavioral health providers will gain knowledge and expertise to improve the behavioral health programs available to the community.
Cancer, Complete Life Program
Continued financial support is needed to sustain music and art therapies, spiritual guidance and support groups. CompleteLife works to resolve trauma, manage anxiety and depression, and reduce symptom and treatment pain during cancer treatment. This complementary program is visited by cancer patients and families over 6,000 times each year.
Cardiovascular, Transmedics Organ Care System
The revolutionary Transmedics Organ Care System (OCS), funded in part by the Methodist Health Foundation, is an organ transplant machine that pumps warm blood and ventilates organs while they are transported from donor to recipient. The lung transplant program at IU Health Methodist Hospital is the fifth largest solid organ program in the United States, and is one of only few clinical trial sites in the U.S. with this new technology. The OCS clinical trial has benefitted patients like Damon Bradtmuller, who was put on the lung transplant list after discovering he had sclerodoma, an autoimmune disease. Bradtmuller now has new lungs and is living a happy, healthy life thanks to the OCS and the Methodist Health Foundation. (For more information on Damon Bradtmuller, visit the blog: "Indiana’s first “breathing lung” recipient encourages other transplant patients")
Emergency Medicine, Mobile Intensive Care Unit
The IU Health LifeLine program has provided emergency trauma care for the state’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center for more than 35 years. The Methodist Health Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to Lifeline, and most recently a gift from donor Myrta Pulliam purchased an additional Mobile Intensive Care Unit for the hospital’s ambulance fleet. These unique ambulances are capable of performing critical trauma on the most severe patient injuries from infant to adult while still in the field.
Hospice and Palliative Care, Faiza Mobashir
Thirteen-year-old Faiza Mobashir has cerebral palsy. When her family emigrated here from Pakistan, she was referred to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Faiza was recommended to hospice care where she met Kelly Reiff, a social worker for IU Health Hospice. Reiff saw the family’s difficulty caring for their daughter, how they had to carry her from place to place, and their need for a custom wheelchair. IU Health Hospice approached the Methodist Health Foundation, who covered the cost of the chair. Faiza was delighted, and her family overwhelmed with gratitude.
Neuroscience, Comprehensive Stroke Center Education Certification
IU Health Methodist hosts the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Indiana and one of few in the country, performing almost 1,500 stroke-related procedures each year. Nurses in this highly specialized field are required to obtain eight hours of stroke-specific education annually. Methodist Health Foundation supports the continued education of nearly 400 nurses who provide necessary, comprehensive and quality stroke care to these patients and families.