Margaret Mary Community Hospital’s tradition of quality healthcare began in 1932 when the Hillenbrand family and the Sisters of St. Francis established the hospital to serve the Ripley County area. Today, MMCH serves some 65,000 residents in southeastern Indiana, providing sophisticated services, state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care.
At the heart of the hospital’s reputation for personal, professional healthcare is its dedicated medical staff comprised of qualified specialists and primary care physicians. The number of full-time active medical staff physicians now totals 35. In addition, more than 30 specialists from Cincinnati, Indianapolis and other areas treat patients in the convenience of the outpatient clinic located on the second floor of The Hansen Center. Their medical expertise includes such specialties as allergy, audiology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology and psychiatry.
Over the years, MMCH has expanded its facilities and services to meet the changing needs of its growing communities. Services include:
- 24-Hour Emergency Services
- Cardiac Rehab
- Diabetes Care
- Home Care and Hospice
- Long-Term Nursing Care
- Family-Centered Maternity Services
- Nutrition Counseling
- Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies
- Outpatient Specialty Clinics
- Oncology Services – Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy
- Radiology – MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Mammography
- Cardiac Care and Rehab
- Surgical Services
- Newly Renovated Sleep Lab
- Health and Wellness Programs
MMCH proves its commitment to improving the health of the community by offering educational and health-related programs throughout the year — including medical screenings, senior services, training classes, support groups, the community speakers bureau, career education opportunities and many special events.
The hospital is the third largest employer in Ripley County, providing jobs for more than 500 area residents. MMCH is also a center of community pride where a corps of dedicated volunteers — high school students, homemakers and retirees — donate generously of their time and talents.
At a time when many rural hospitals are struggling to survive, MMCH is growing and preparing for the future. In February 2005, the hospital opened a new oncology center and outpatient clinic. Located just off State Road 229, the Hansen Center is a state-of-the-art $15.5 million facility. On the center’s first floor, the oncology unit offers a full range of comprehensive cancer services — including medical oncology (chemotherapy), radiation therapy, a resource library, a boutique and a lab. The second floor includes the hospital’s expanded outpatient clinic and endoscopy services.
The Waters of Batesville is a 98-bed nursing home that allows quality care for people in need of a full-time, care-giving environment. St. Andrews opened its campus in 2005, and offers both full-time nursing care and assisted living. Chateau of Batesville offers assisted living care, as well as retirement living.