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SICHC, IU Health Bedford, IHC celebrate regional healthcare access during SICHC ribbon-cutting for its expanded Bedford facility

New clinic features 45% additional space and capacity over original facility.


Southern Indiana Community Health Care

BEDFORD – Celebrating critical healthcare access and continuity of care in the Bedford region, executives and community officials from Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC), IU Health Bedford, Indiana Health Centers (IHC), the city of Bedford, and others gathered at the new SICHC facility here March 12. “With our expansion to larger facilities from our first Bedford clinic, we are grateful to be joined by our friends and fellow collaborators to celebrate our mutual efforts to preserve continuity of care in Bedford,” said Nancy Radcliff, SICHC CEO.


Beginning in 2022, SICHC, IU Health Bedford, and IHC all tirelessly worked together to help fill the healthcare accessibility gap left by the closure of the Ascension St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. The former Ascension Bedford hospital closed all practices, including obstetrics, potentially leaving Lawrence County residents without some key healthcare services. In addition to quality of life issues, the hospital closure threatened to impact both economic and workforce development in the region with the potential loss of OB and accessible primary care services. That scenario was averted, according to Radcliff.


SICHC first expanded its obstetrics and family care services into Lawrence County clinics in Bedford and Mitchell in late 2022. Moving from its former Bedford Ascension facility, SICHC moved into its new 7,820 sq. ft. Bedford facility at Lincoln Plaza earlier this year.


“Healthcare, especially healthcare in rural areas of Indiana, faces dynamic challenges and we are grateful that three healthcare providers in the region engaged in a remarkably collaborative fashion back in 2022,” said Lindsay Weaver, M.D., Indiana State Health Care Commissioner. “The cooperative efforts of SICHC, IU Health, IHC and others helped ensure that quality health care remains available and accessible to the people in the Lawrence County region.”


The Indiana Health Commissioner also noted the work of SICHC in sustaining the availability of obstetrics, prenatal and well mother healthcare services following the Dunn closure. In addition to offering a broad spectrum of OB and pregnancy services, SICHC physicians provide delivery services at the IU Health facilities in nearby Paoli, and also partner with deliveries at the IU Health Bloomington hospital and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.


“It was a disruptive time, but the community is grateful for the collaborative efforts of Southern Indiana Community Health Care, IU Health, and Indiana Health Centers to preserve accessible healthcare in Bedford,” said Mayor Sam Craig at the ribbon cutting for SICHC’s expanded facility at Lincoln Plaza.

“The alternative could have been a challenging one for our community, as the availability of quality healthcare represents a critical service to the community that attracts and helps retain critical workforce,” said Shance Sizemore, CEO of the Lawrence County Growth Council. “We at the Bedford Chamber and the Growth Council applaud the three healthcare groups for stepping up and working together to sustain healthcare services.”


“It was an exciting but challenging time,” recalled Radcliff. “Our staff at SICHC worked tirelessly to confidentially process the records and patient needs of some 4,000 patients in Lawrence County in a very short period of time.”


“We counted it a privilege to have this new opportunity to bring our established OB and primary care services to Lawrence County, and we appreciated the collaboration IU Health, IHC, and others demonstrated in working together to address this critical need,” said Yolanda Yoder, M.D., medical director of Southern Indiana Community Health Care. “We are grateful that Lawrence County residents today have viable options to continue local health care services.”


With ten health centers across Indiana, “IHC was founded specifically to provide high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care to underserved areas of Indiana,” said IHC President and CEO Ann Lundy. The Indiana Lawrence County Women Infant Child (WIC) program was transferred from Ascension St. Vincent to IHC and the IHC Bedford clinic was recently refurbished to expand integrated primary care services.


“The closing of Dunn Hospital brought a big change in the healthcare landscape for Lawrence County, but we have collaboratively sustained a great support system to care for our neighbors, friends, family, and community,” said Larry Bailey, IU Health Bedford Hospital President.


The SICHC CEO noted that Bedford providers were able to retain the services of a number of former Ascension healthcare professionals, thus helping maintain a high quality of continuity of care. About the same time SICHC opened its first clinic in Bedford, the nearly 50-year-old medical group also expanded into Mitchell in Lawrence County.


“We were grateful to bring Dr. Carrie Browne and nurse practitioners Amanda Bowman, Lori Day, Kristi Nissley, and Tricia Spoonmore from Ascension to join SICHC in Bedford and Mitchell,” said Radcliff. “We have since been able to bring on additional professionals in Bedford and the region, including Dr. Nancy Sterling.”


SICHC today operates clinics in Crawford, Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties, with physicians, family nurse practitioners, behavioral health counselors, and other professionals working out of seven offices across the region.


Founded nearly 50 years ago, SICHC serves as a “safety net” provider for vulnerable populations in the southern Indiana region it serves. SICHC received Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status in 2017, and today focuses on increasing access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities.


After first opening its clinic in a former Ascension Bedford facility, SICHC laid plans for remodeling and expanding into a facility in Lincoln Plaza at 629 Lincoln Plaza in Bedford. The newest SICHC facility is adjacent to the Engleking Pharmacy and the Hope Resource Center, a pregnancy care center and medical clinic offering free pregnancy testing and other services.


About the Southern Indiana Community Health Care nonprofit organization


Well-known as a high-impact health care provider committed to continuity of care, the nonprofit Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC) organization is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive, community-sensitive health care utilizing Christ-centered principles to medically underserved, rural communities. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), SICHC serves as a “safety net” provider for vulnerable populations and focuses on increasing access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. SICHC offers medical care in medically underserved areas of Crawford, Lawrence, Orange, and Washington counties. Southern Indiana Community Health Care is a member of the National Health Services Corps and receives program funding from the Health Resources and Services. For more information, please visit: 


About IU Health Bedford Hospital


Named the "#1 Hospital in Indiana" by U.S. News & World Report, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation's leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Learn more at


About Indiana Health Centers, Inc

Indiana Health Centers, Inc. (IHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that has provided high-quality, affordable, patient-centered health care to underserved areas of Indiana since 1977. IHC operates ten Indiana community health centers and provides care to the medically underserved in eight different counties. IHC provides medical, dental, and behavioral health care to all who seek care, regardless of their ability to pay. IHC health centers serve people who have Medicaid, Medicare, HIP, most commercial insurance companies, and provides a sliding fee scale for those without insurance. Learn more about Indiana Health Centers, Inc. at

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