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Hospital (general) Licensing and Certification Program

A hospital is an institution, a place, a building, or an agency that holds out to the general public that it is operated for hospital purposes and that it provides care, accommodations, facilities, and equipment, in connection with the services of a physician, to individuals who may need medical or surgical services. Any facility that meets the definition of a hospital found in IC 16-18-2-179 must be licensed by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH).

The IDOH monitors the health care quality of hospitals through the licensure process; IDOH surveyors visit hospitals regularly for licensure inspections or more often if complaints are filed about a hospital.

Report a Complaint or Incident

Report a complaint regarding a health care facility
Individuals can call or email to make complaints about care provided at any licensed or certified Indiana health care providers or suppliers.

Report an incident regarding a health care facility
The Incident Report Form is for health care facilities to notify the Indiana Department of Health of a reportable incident pursuant to the IDOH Reportable Unusual Occurrence Policy. The Incident Report Form is also for health care facility staff (nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, and hospice agencies) to report a reasonable suspicion of a crime against a resident pursuant to Federal regulations. This form is not to be used to file a complaint.

Advisory Letters

2020 AC-2020-02-HOSPCOVID-19 National/State Emergency Hospital Blanket Waiver: Patient Rooms
2020 AC-2020-01 HOSPCOVID-19 National/State Emergency Hospital Blanket Waiver: Conversion of Standard Patient Rooms to Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms
2020  Third Emergency Order Granting Temporary Blanket Waivers for Hospitals
2020  Fourth Emergency Order Amending Blanket Waiver on Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms
2019 AC 2019-01 HOSPStanding Waiver for Use of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 2012 Edition
2014 AC 2014-01 HOSPPatient Self Referral to Hospital Physical Therapy Departments
2012 AC-2012-01 HOSPCardiographic Technicians and Cardiovascular Technologist Scope of Practice
2011 AC-2011-01 HOSPStanding Waiver for Electronic Verification of Licensure, CSR Registration and DEA Registration
2011 AC-2011-02 HOSPVein Harvesting by Certified Surgical First Assistants versus Certified Surgical Technologists
2011 HAI-2011-01Healthcare Associated Infections Reporting Rule

Adding an offsite

To add an offsite to your hospital license, please submit the following documents to Program Director Jennifer Hembree.

  • Request on facility letterhead to add the offsite with the effective date
  • Indiana Department of Health healthcare engineering approval letter for the project
  • AIA substantial completion document
  • Homeland Security Construction Design release document (if a new building or changing occupancy type such as business to healthcare)
  • Fire inspection (this must be from the state or local fire department)

Contact the Program

Indiana Department of Health
Division of Acute Care
2 North Meridian Street, 4A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Program Manager
Jennifer Hembree
Acute Care Receptionist: 317-233-7474
IDOH Main Switchboard: 317-233-1325
Administrative Assistant: 317-233-7472

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