Community

At Margaret Mary Health, we understand serving our community means actually getting out into the community, beyond the walls of our hospital, to meet the needs of area families.

Girls on the Run After-School Program

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nationwide after-school program that is held in the spring and fall for 3rd-5th grade girls. The program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Spring and fall 5Ks are held in Batesville at the end of each GOTR season. To learn more about Girls on the Run of MMH, e-mail Lynn Hertel or call 812.933.5482. More information can also be found by visiting the Girls on the Run of Margaret Mary Health website.


Drug Awareness

MMH is continually evaluating opportunities to address the ongoing drug abuse issues facing our local communities. In addition to providing Narcan kits to local law enforcement agencies to use in overdose cases, MMH partners with local schools to offer drug awareness programs to students. We also offer the below services. For more information about our drug safety programs, call 812.933.5257.

  • Drug Disposal Program: If you have unused, unwanted or expired medications in your home, we offer a safe receptacle for proper disposal. The receptacle is located in the hospital’s main lobby (321 Mitchell Avenue, Batesville).
  • Drug Testing Kits: At MMH, we offer free urine drug-testing kits to parents. With these kits, parents can test their children in the privacy of their own homes. If children know they may be tested, they may be less likely to use.
  • Drug Storage Lockboxes: If your prescriptions are easy for you to access, they are also easy for children and teens to take. Drug storage lockboxes are available to local families and can be picked up at MMH (on the second floor of the 1932 building). A $10 donation is appreciated.
  • CPR Face Shields: For a person whose breathing is severely impaired by an overdose, CPR can mean the difference between life and death.  MMH gives away free face shields which allows a bystander to safely administer CPR while preventing direct contact with the individual’s mouth.

Safe Needle Disposal

Many people use needles at home to administer medications to treat conditions like allergies, diabetes and blood clotting disorders. Used needles can be dropped off during weekday office hours at the following locations:

  • Margaret Mary Health main campus
  • Margaret Mary Health Center at Brookville
  • Margaret Mary Health Center of Osgood
  • Margaret Mary Health Center at Milan
  • Ripley County Health Department

All needles must be in approved sharps containers in order to be accepted. Approved containers are available at the above locations for FREE. To learn more, call 812.933.5000.


Community Resources By County

If you're in need of assistance, all area counties offer a variety of resources including food pantries, substance abuse resources, transportation assistance and more. Please click here to view the list of available resources.


Osgood Healthy Walk Talks

Not only does walking reduce stress, it can help lower blood pressure, increase energy levels and improve your sleep. Bring your family and join Dr. Valorie Parker and Abby Leonetti of Be You Fitness for an eight-week "Healthy Walk Talks" series at the Osgood Trails. Dr. Parker will briefly discuss a health topic and then spend the rest of the hour walking the trail with attendees. To find out when the next series starts, visit our Events section or call 812.933.5000.


Speaker Services

Health-related presentations for professional or civic groups are available. Non-profit organizations can request up to two presentations per year. Additional speaking services are available at $25/hour. For-profit organizations will be charged $25/hour, plus travel expenses. To ensure you receive the speaker you request, please give us 2-4 weeks advanced notice for scheduling purposes. Presentations may be scheduled by filling out our Speaker Services Request.

Available topics include:

  • Advance Directives/Living Wills
  • Alcohol/Drug abuse
  • Cancer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Diabetes
  • Ergonomics
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Foot care
  • Gastro/Intestinal disorders
  • Hand care
  • Healthcare careers
  • Herbs, vitamins and supplements
  • Immunizations (child & adult)
  • Mammography
  • Nutrition
  • Prenatal care/child birth
  • Sleep
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management
  • Walking
  • Weight management
  • Women's health
  • Wellness

Community Health Needs Assessments

A community health needs assessment is used to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in our community. MMH relies on this information to guide efforts to improve community health and wellness and reach three basic goals:

  • To improve residents' health status, increase life spans and elevate overall quality of life
  • To reduce the health disparities among residents
  • To increase accessibility to preventive services for all community residents.


Click below to download Community Health Needs Assessment Plans:

Click below to download Community Health Implementation Plans: