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The Memory & Aging Center


The Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency opened in 1976. Since that time, the program has been considered one of the elite Family Medicine programs in the Midwest. Being both community-based and a single-sponsored residency training program has been instrumental in the program's development. The Residency partnered with VPCHC in 2015 to become a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), providing valuable medical services to the community. The Memory & Aging Center was opened in January 2016 and is funded by a HRSA Primary Care Training Grant.

The Family Medicine Center, where the Residency and Memory & Aging Center at VPCHC are located, is directly connected to Union Hospital. It is a 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility with 28 exam rooms and two procedure rooms.

At the Memory & Aging Center, we are committed to providing patients with up to date, professional and comprehensive evaluations. We have an entire team dedicated to treating dementia disorders and offering the support families and caregivers often need when faced with a loved one's diagnosis. Together with our physicians, behavioral health team, nursing staff, social workers, community health workers, and occupational therapists, we offer support every step of the way from the first evaluation through late stage disease progression. We understand the difficult role of the caregiver and strive to provide education and resources throughout the journey.

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HRSA Primary Care & Training Enhancement Grant Awarded to Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency.

Jul 7, 2015


Washington D.C., — On July 7, 2015, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announcement that the Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital, Inc. will receive a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Primary Care Training Enhancement Grant award. Donnelly wrote a letter in February 2015 in support of the Center’s application. The Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital will use the $1,037,383 grant —over a five-year period—to support important training in geriatrics at Union Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program. 

Donnelly said, “I believe all Hoosiers — whether they live in a city or rural community — should have access to quality health care. With the average lifespan increasing among Americans and many seniors relying on primary care, it is important that medical providers are prepared to deliver the best possible care in every community. Indiana’s senior population is expected to grow in the coming years, so we need to prepare those completing their medical residencies to meet the unique needs of Hoosier seniors. This Primary Care and Training Enhancement Grant will provide Union Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program with the resources it needs to increase the number of primary care doctors ready to care for seniors in Terre Haute, Vigo County, and across Indiana.”  

Joe Biggs, Ph.D., HSPP, Executive Director, Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, said, “The Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital is grateful for Senator Donnelly's ongoing support of our mission of advancing rural health through education, innovation, and collaboration. His hands-on support of our projects, including letters of support and a visit to the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency for a recent Donnelly Day, is indicative of his strong interest in rural health and medically underserved populations.”

Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency program aims to increase the number of primary care physicians who demonstrate competence in caring for the older population of underserved communities. In Indiana, the senior population (defined as 65 years and older) is projected to increase by approximately 595,000 people by 2050, a nearly 70 percent increase over 2010.

HRSA’s Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program aims to grow the primary care workforce by supporting training for future primary care clinicians and teachers, with an emphasis on primary care practice in rural and underserved areas.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T0BHP28564. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.