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Hancock County News Archives for 2022-06

Hancock Health and Hendricks Regional Health announced collaboration with a world healthcare leader, Mayo Clinic

Hancock Health, Hendricks Regional Health, and the Mayo Clinic announced on Wednesday,  that the two Indiana health systems have joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a group of carefully vetted, independent health care organizations, have special access to Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise.


Hancock Health and Hendricks Regional Health have a shared vision to provide central Indiana with excellent health care and keep communities healthy — all while remaining independent.


"Hancock Health has invested heavily in bringing medical expertise to east-central Indiana, creating attractive and convenient access points in our patients' hometowns — all while establishing solid bonds with our tertiary partners to ensure every level of care is within reach," says Steve Long, president and CEO of Hancock Health. "In the future, this relationship with Mayo Clinic will allow our care teams meaningful and timely access to some of the best medical specialists in the world. In my estimation, there is no better combination than a trusted local physician working in concert with their counterparts at Mayo Clinic to provide the very best care close to home."


"As Hendricks Regional Health joins forces with Mayo Clinic, we celebrate this milestone that builds upon a 60-year legacy and commitment to our community, and the relentless dedication of our nationally recognized physicians and associates," says Kevin Speer, J.D., president and CEO of Hendricks Regional Health. "It's the next step in preserving, growing and innovating local access to the most patient-focused, highest quality, specialized care possible. At a time when health care affordability has never been more important to Hoosiers, this collaboration is a shining example of how we are expanding world-class medicine in west-central Indiana at no additional cost for patients."

COVID-19 vaccines available for children under 5

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced today that COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months up to age 5 are now available at some Indiana providers, expanding the population eligible to be protected against the disease. Shipments will continue to arrive at participating locations this week.


IDOH has updated its map at www.ourshot.in.gov to show sites that have indicated they will offer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for this age group. Both vaccines received authorization from the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. Initial sites will include private healthcare providers, local health departments and some hospitals and pharmacies.


Vaccines are currently available on a walk-in basis at most locations, or parents can contact their child’s healthcare provider to schedule an appointment if the provider is offering the vaccine. Due to staggered vaccine delivery dates, parents are encouraged to contact the provider before arriving to ensure the age-appropriate dose is available. IDOH is working to update its online registration system so that appointments for this age group can be made via www.ourshot.in.gov as soon as possible.


Visit the Indiana Department of Health at www.Statehealth.in.gov for important health and safety information or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StateHealthIN.



Volunteers sought for Hancock County's Go All In Day

The United Way of West Central Indiana Go All In Day is happening June 24 with hundreds of volunteers completing projects for nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and community groups throughout Central Indiana and you can help.


In Hancock County, volunteers are needed at te Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County and the Womens Resource Center.


Those interested in volunteering can learn more and sign up by clicking the direct links above or by visiting goallinday.com.  


United Way hosted its first Go All IN Day last year. More than 500 volunteers completed over 70 projects in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Putnam counties.  

Tuesday at the Hancock County Fair

Activities scheduled for Tuesday at the Hancock County Fair


Tuesday, June 21 Day Sponsor: NINESTAR CONNECT DAY

8am - 12pm - Sheep and Goat Arrival and Weigh-In

10am - Exhibit Hall Open

10am - Close Petting Zoo w/ Pony Rides

12pm - Mini 4-H Beef Show, 4-H Show Arena

2pm - 4-H Beef Show, 4-H Show Arena 5pm Carnival Opens

5pm - Commercial Vendors Open

6pm - 4-H Beef Show of Champions and Showmanship, 4-H Show Arena

7pm - 4-H Companion Pet Showmanship, 4-H West Arena

7pm - Youth Pedal Pull, 4-H Bowl Sponsored by: Farm Bureau Young Farmers

7pm - Entertainment at the Pioneer Building - Karaoke with Duke Blevins Sponsored By: Hancock County Tourism

Greenfield PD looking for Nicole Lewis

Police continue to ask via social media for the public's help to find a Greenfield woman.


Nicole Lewis was last in contact with her family on May 13.  She's described as a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes.  She's five feet two inches tall and weighs 174 pounds.


Anyone with information is asked to call Greenfield Police Detective Nathan Garner at 317-477-4400.

Hancock County's Heather Hill new president of the National Pork Board

Indiana pork producer Heather Hill was elected to serve as president of the National Pork Board (NPB) for the 2022-2023 term.


NPB’s 15 producer directors represent the 60,000 U.S. pig farmers who pay into the Pork Checkoff – a program funding research, promotion and education efforts for the benefit of the whole industry. 


“Real Pork is about real farmers, leading efforts to ensure the public understands our product is real nutritious and real sustainable,” explains Hill, who co-owns a 600-sow farrow-to-finish operation in Indiana with her husband and his parents. She is past-president of the Indiana Pork Board of Directors.


Hill’s family also grows corn, soybeans and wheat. “Along with my fellow volunteer leaders on the Board of Directors, we will deliver real results to help protect producer freedom to operate and promote continuity of business should a foreign animal disease, like African swine fever, challenge the US herd.”


In addition to Hill, other members include:


• Vice President Bob Ruth from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

• Treasurer Al Wulfekuhle from Quasqueton, Iowa

• Past President Gene Noem from Ames, Iowa


Hill is co-owner of Hill Farms in Greenfield, Indiana, a 600-sow farrow-to-finish operation, with her husband, Marc, and his parents. Hill Farms also grows corn, soybeans and wheat.


Heather is a former NPB board treasurer. She is also former president of the Indiana Pork Board and has been actively involved since 2009. She serves on the National FFA Career Development Sales Committee and is a leader for the local

4-H chapter.


Heather is an Operation Main Street speaker.