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Lawrence County Ranks 53 out of 92 Indiana Counties in terms of Health Care

LAWRENCE COUNTY - NOVEMBER 11, 2022- Lawrence County is facing some challenges in the next few years in terms of health care on many levels.


IU Health Bedford will be the only hospital serving Lawrence County in December; However, women will now have to travel 30 -40 miles for delivery of their newborns


With the recent announcement of the closure of St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, women's healthcare has become a larger concern for the community. In many ways women have entered a health care desert.


St. Vincent is set to close next month leaving physician and health care access even more challenging for Lawrence County residents


On Wednesday, Lawrence County Extension services held their annual meeting with Dr. Michael Wilcox Jr. Purdue Extension Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development who gave the attendees a view of how Lawrence County stacks up in terms of healthcare and wellness in the state. Lawrence County ranking 53 compared to Indiana's 92 counties.


Many attends Purdue Extension Annual Meeting on Wednesday


2021 County Health Rankings for the 92 Ranked Counties in Indiana County


Access to Primary Physicians in Lawrence County is a 2,840:1, Dentists 2,270:1, and Mental Health Providers 1,260:1 this is prior to the closure of St. Vincent Dunn Hospitals and their physician offices


1st Column - Heath Outcomes - 2nd Column - Health Factors

  • Adams 41 60

  • Franklin 26 40

  • Lawrence 48 33

  • Rush 43 59

  • Allen 49 28 Fulton 72 37

  • Madison 78 70

  • Scott 92 82

  • Bartholomew 22 11

  • Gibson 46 14

  • Marion 80 75

  • Shelby 53 50

  • Benton 25 27

  • Grant 88 69

  • Marshall 21 64

  • Spencer 15 18

  • Blackford 77 65 Greene 64 81

  • Martin 50 57 St.

  • Joseph 55 58

  • Boone 3 2

  • Hamilton 1 1

  • Miami 57 80 Starke 74 89

  • Brown 16 22

  • Hancock 5 5

  • Monroe 7 10

  • Steuben 12 16

  • Carroll 13 46

  • Harrison 37 44

  • Montgomery 38 25

  • Sullivan 66 87

  • Cass 68 62

  • Hendricks 2 3

  • Morgan 45 43

  • Switzerland 87 90

  • Clark 62 41

  • Henry 58 45

  • Newton 59 76

  • Tippecanoe 11 8

  • Clay 56 56

  • Howard 82 71

  • Noble 36 48

  • Tipton 23 12

  • Clinton 52 38

  • Huntington 31 23

  • Ohio 18 34 Union 71

  • 49 Crawford 91 92

  • Jackson 60 36

  • Orange 79 73

  • Vanderburgh 70 47

  • Daviess 40 67

  • Jasper 33 39

  • Owen 63 72

  • Vermillion 65 86

  • Dearborn 30 32

  • Jay 83 63

  • Parke 28 83

  • Vigo 67 84

  • Decatur 32 24

  • Jefferson 61 53

  • Perry 42 51

  • Wabash 54 31

  • DeKalb 24 17

  • Jennings 85 77

  • Pike 47 42

  • Warren 4 29

  • Delaware 86 61

  • Johnson 6 9

  • Porter 14 19

  • Warrick 9 6

  • Dubois 10 4

  • Knox 76 54

  • Posey 17 15

  • Washington 73 74

  • Elkhart 27 52

  • Kosciusko 20 26

  • Pulaski 81 55

  • Wayne 89 78

  • Fayette 90 91

  • LaGrange 29 79

  • Putnam 19 30

  • Wells 34 13

  • Floyd 44 20

  • Lake 75 88

  • Randolph 84 68

  • White 39 21

  • Fountain 51 66LaPorte 69 85

  • Ripley 35 35

  • Whitley 8 7


Lawrence County Health issues continue to be Obesity, Diabetes, Smoking/Vaping, and Cancer.


Three behaviors physical inactivity, poor diet and tobacco use, results in cancer, heart disease, Type II Diabetes, and lung disease resulting in over 50 percent in deaths


" Purdue Extension is trying to accomplish is health and wellness training, which is becoming critical," said Dr. Wilcox.


Dr. Michael Wilcox Jr. talks about Health and Wellness in Lawrence County


The average life span in Lawrence County is two years less than the national average. According to Dr. Wilcox we cannot rely on hospitals to make things better.


And the answer is - Your address


Dr. Wilcox calling on the community to work together and find a way to support healthy living.


Lawrence County Statistics:

  • Ranked 53 out of 92 counties for health and wellness

  • Life expectancy is 76.2 years old (two years less than national average

  • Adults with obesity 38 percent

  • Lawrence County is one of two counties in the state to receive Obesity Grant.

Many rely on the financial and political areas to address the health care outcomes, there are other spokes in the wheel that can be used to change outcomes.


These include, natural, cultural, human behaviors, social behaviors, that can build programs that will reach a better outcome in the future.


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