Health—General & Rehabilitative

Indianapolis Medical Society Foundation Inc

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • www.imsonline.org

Mission Statement

To promote public health through programs and educational support to medical professionals, as well as increasing specialty care to the uninsured, low income patients in Marion County through our program Project Health.

Main Programs

  1. Project Health

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Service Areas

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Indiana

Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 1984

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Mrs. Beverly Hurt

Keywords

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Indianapolis

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EIN

35-1810091

 Number

1211088468

Physical Address

631 East New York St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202 3706

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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1001 physician volunteers, 3 hospital systems, labs, and ancillary service providers have in health care to our patients from open heart, cancer and brain surgery to simple cataract removal. We have decreased frivolous ER use from 77% to less than 1% for the last 6 years by educating patients on appropriate ER use.

Programs

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Program 1

Project Health

Project Health is a program to expand access to healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Indianapolis, in partnership with 1001 volunteer physicians, 3 hospitals and their heart hospitals, 20 community clinics, 2 labs, and the pharmaceutical industry in a system of coordinated, case managed charity care.  EVERYTHING IS DONATED - $17,313,000 in care since 2005.  Our doctors have now done 12 open heart, 80 cancer, 2 brain, 94 gallbladder, 54 hernia, 56 cataract surgeries, 4 cornea transplants 2 knee and 2 hip replacements, 49 hand surgeries and much, much more. 31% of our patients have diabetes (the national average is 8%).  90% of the patients are obese.  These conditions lead to enormous complications that are difficult to manage. By educating patients our ER utilization rate has gone from 77% in 2005 to 1% and holding since then.  These are people who aren't poor enough for the charity hospital system, but don't have insurance or money to pay for regular care.  They are stuck inbetween. 69% are minorities. 31% are white.  42% are Hispanic and half of them don't speak English.  We provide interpreters.  It is truely a community collaboration.  We do not qualify for federal or state funds because we aren't a "clinic".  Therefore we constantly struggle for funding.  We achieve all of this with 1 full time and 2 part time staff.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$230,840.00

Service Areas

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Indiana

Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana

Funding Needs

When the time limited, large grants (such as Anthem) ended we were left in a big hole.  As fate had it the 2 case managers asked if they could work 1/2 time.  We really need them full time so I'd like to have 27000 to make those positions full time.  We also had a 16% increase in health insurance benefits so we need 10000 to pay for that.  We have also cut the use of interpreters to a bare minimum BUT 42% of our patients are Hispanic and we would need 26000 to restore the interpreters fund.

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Indianapolis Medical Society Foundation Inc

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Beverly Hurt

BIO

Beverly is the Exec. VP of the Indianapolis Medical Society, the IMS Foundation, Medical Society Exchange and Indiana Psychiatric Society and Editor of all Society publications. She has been with IMS for 27 yrs and named EVP in 1991.  She belongs to the American Association of Medical Society Executives, Executive Women in Health Care, former Chair of the Asthma Subcommittee Group for the Marion County Health Dept. and of former Mayor Bart Peterson's Task Force on Terrorism.  Prior to this she was Personnel Director for Curtis Publishing and she began her career as a Research Secretary in the Indiana University Medical Center's Microbiology Dept.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Project Health is the largest and longest running charity program in the IMS Foundation's history.  Our theory was that if we got these patients the care they needed, then the wouldn't be going to the emergency rooms all the time.  And it has worked.  We went from 77% utilization to 1% for the last 5 years.  Our volunteer doctors have saved countless lives and brought sight back to several blind patients - 12 open heart, 2 brain surgeries, 4 corneal transplants, 80 cancer cases followed by radiation and chemotherapy, 105 gallbladder and 94 cataract removals, 8 hysterectomies, and the list just goes on and on.  We never dreamed it would get this big and last this long. Funding is our major challenge."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paula Hall MD

IMS Foundation, Chair

Term: Aug 2003 -

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