IU Health Methodist Hospital

IU Methodist Hospital

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  • 132 adult and pediatric critical care beds
  • Maintains a Fully Staffed (24-7) eICU Environment
  • Home of the current Society of Critical Care Medicine President
  • Two Beacon Award Citations for Critical Care Excellence
  • Largest Neurocritical Care Unit in the Country
  • Largest Number of Adult Critical Care Beds of any Single Hospital in the Country
  • Staffed by Nationally Recognized Experts in the Fields of Trauma, Neurosurgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Nationally Ranked in the Areas of Cardiovascular Surgical and Neuroscience Care.
  • Ranked Amongst the Top 50 US Hospitals by US News and World Reports in the Delivery of Neuroscience, Pulmonary, Cardiac, and Cardiovascular Surgical Patient Care.

Emergency Medicine & Trauma Center (EMTC)

The EMTC serves as a tertiary care emergency referral center for most of central Indiana (population base > 1.5 million) and provides primary emergency care for a large local referral area. The new facility opened in May of 1997 and was rennovated in 2002. Expansions followed on 2005 (6 more critical care beds) and 2009 (new IDTU, new pediatric focus in the "Delta 3" area) . Future plans include the addition of multiple general exam beds. The current department consists of:

  • 19 Critical Care beds
  • 8 Fast Track beds
  • 19 Intensive Diagnostic and Treatment Unit beds
  • 2 HEENT Rooms
  • 1 Center of Hope Sexual Assault exam room
  • 4 Orthopedic/Minor Trauma beds
  • 20 General examination beds

The EMTC has its own fully dedicated radiology department including digitized imaging and an in-department CT scanner available 24 hours a day. The Indiana Poison Center and administrative offices are located in suites immediately adjacent to the patient care area.

Charles Shufflebarger, M.D., FACEP is the EMTC Medical Director.

Christopher Strachan, MD is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Operations

Kathy Hendershot, RN MSN is the Director of Clinical Operations

Angie Demott is the administrative secretary for the EMTC.

Patient Care Statistics: Year End 2009

  • Patient Census – 103,574
  • Admissions - 19,231
  • Critical Care Admissions – 3,561
  • IDTU (ED Observation) Admissions – 2,818
  • Fast track 17,973
  • Pediatric patients (0–18yrs.) 21,278
  • 5,319 with injuries
  • 936 admitted, 289 to PICU
  • Injuries – 25, 893
  • Trauma 1: 1327
    • 3,442 injuries admitted
    • 924 to ICU
  • Life Line flights –1404


Methodist is an American College of Surgeons Level I designated trauma center with special Pediatric Commitment. Of our 90+ thousand patients, approximately 25,000 present with an injury. Of these, 3000 require hospital admission. We serve as the trauma receiving facility for 50% of the Level I injuries within Indianapolis, and in addition serve as a major referral center from ED's around the state. Relationships between our trauma surgeons and emergency physicians are extremely cordial. We work together as a team on all patients. The EM physicians perform all airway control. Invasive procedures are equitably delegated amongst all physicians and students. Approximately 85% of our trauma are blunt in etiology. (Photo: John Hoyle, MD).

Intesnive Care Units

  • 31 Adult Critical Care Unit beds
  • 26 Neurological Critical Care Unit beds
  • 20 Cardiac Medical Critical Care Unit beds
  • 30 cardiovascular surgery intensive care beds
  • 14 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit beds
  • 32 Neonatal Intensive care beds/special care nursery beds
  • 24 progressive care beds
  • 36 additional critical care “swing beds” (convertable from Critical to Non-Critical Telemetry)


RN's, EMT-P's and Orthopedic Techs staff the EMTC. The Fast Track is staffed by Nurse Practitioners. Social workers are immediately available 24 hours per day, and chaplaincy and on-call social work is available around the clock. Faculty coverage of the EMTC follows a circadian schedule that we have used since the mid 1980's. There is at least double coverage with faculty from 24 hours a day. During the busiest 16 hours of the day (0900 until 0200) there are 3-4 faculty working and teaching in the EMTC. From the hours of 1000 to 1900 a 3rd year resident assists with staffing and teaching of 1st year residents and Students

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Beyond the many technologic firsts, the Methodist hospital was also the first to address the growing educational needs of Indiana. In 1974, Methodist developed Indiana’s first Emergency Medical Services Training Center.

Methodist first opened its doors in 1908 to provide for the medical needs of the citizens of Indianapolis.

Methodist_history.jpgIn 1976, it provided the initial training sitefor Indiana's only emergency medicine residency and in 2006, it sponsored Indiana's first critical care fellowship established for the advanced training of emergency physicians.  The multidiscipline model, one of the first 6 of its type in the nation, was established to provide diverse training and to provide a better understanding of how patients transition from a pre-hospital setting to the emergency department and finally to the inpatient medical units.

Indiana's first motorized ambulance was used to transport drivers from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Methodist_History_02.jpgSince that early opening, there has been an association with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Provisions were first made to care for the injured patrons of the speedway and that relationship has continued since 1910.

This early foree into emergency care has morphed into what is now a fully operational emergency medical and trauma center. Now IU Health staff operate an in-field hospital on the track grounds and provide air medical support.

In 1963 the hospital opened one of Indiana's first Intensive Care Units.

Critical_Care_Units.JPGAs medical science improved in the 1950's, more provisions became available for those patients with the severest of illnesses.  In 1963, the hospital opened one of Indiana’s first Intensive Care Units with 19 critical care beds. It served over 91 patients in the first six weeks of operation.  Those numbers are now dwarfed by the hospital's 130 critical care beds and over 20,000 yearly patient contacts.

In 1979 Lifeline became an offical part of emergency care at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

THelicopter.JPGhe commitment to cutting-edge care surged forward in 1970, when IU Health Methodist became the first and only hospital in Indiana to use helicopters to provide critical transport.  This first service transported injured drivers from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1979, Lifeline Critical Care Transport became a permanent emergency response service based from the hospital.

IU Methodist Timeline

1910 - First motorized ambulance in Indianapolis.
1922 - First to test insulin on patients with diabetes.
1942 - One of the nation's first electroencephalograph machines to diagnose brain tumors, epilepsy, other brain conditions and injuries installed.
1970 - First to use a helicopter to rapidly transport patients from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1972 - First Indiana hospital to perform kidney transplant.
1977 - First in-hospital hospice in Indiana.
1979 - LifeLine becomes official part of emergency care at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.
1982 - First successful heart transplant at a private hospital anywhere in the world.
1984 - First in the U.S. to use extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter to pulverize kidney stones.
1987 - Implantation of first artificial heart in Indiana.
1989 - First heart-lung transplant in Indiana.
1990 - First in the Midwest to implant an insulin pump to treat insulin-dependent diabetes.
1991 - First double-lung transplant in state.
2002 - First in the state to perform minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci robot.
2004 - First robotic mitral-valve repair in Indiana.
2005 - First Magnetic Navigation Surgery performed.
2006 - First in the state to install a 3T-MRI scanner capable of more precise, accurate and faster scans for diagnosing trauma, tumors and neurological problems.
2006 - First in the nation to perform a simultaneous lung and pancreas transplant.
2007 - First and only hospital in Indiana to be ranked #1 in the country for quality and safety by University Health Consortium.
2008 - First in Indiana and one of the first in the country to complete training of an Emergency Medicine Critical Care Fellow.
2011 - Becomes Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

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