IBJNews

Clarian, Morgan clear way for merger

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The merger of Morgan Hospital & Medical Center into Clarian Health got the go-ahead from all parties in the past week, opening the way for Morgan to bring new doctors to its facilities.

Morgan County officials OK’d the deal Monday night after Clarian’s board gave its approval last week. The merger is expected to be official as of Jan. 31.

Morgan Hospital CEO Tom Laux has a variety of operational duties to focus on—developing new bylaws, populating an expanded board, transferring all Morgan employees over to the new entity formed by the merger and changing signage.

But beyond that, he’s focusing on tapping some the specialists in the Clarian system, particularly in ophthalmology and cardiology.

“We anticipate some fairly rapid growth in specialties,” he said Tuesday. He added that Morgan will try to hire more health care providers to staff its physician health centers around the county, and perhaps have more Clarian doctors see patients at Morgan facilities.

Access to specialist physicians is a common reason many smaller hospitals have chosen to merge recently with larger systems. Morgan also thinks Clarian’s buying power can help it save $2 million a year in expenses as well as help it negotiate higher reimbursement rates from private health insurance plans.

Morgan and Clarian partially integrated back in early 2006. And while a merger wasn’t inevitable as part of that agreement, it became the natural choice, Laux said—especially after the health reform law created new pressures and incentives for hospitals to get larger.

“It just seemed a good fit,” Laux said.

Clarian, with nearly $4 billion in revenue, dwarfs Morgan in size. The county-owned hospital has annual revenue of $49 million.

Morgan will be the 17th hospital Clarian owns around the state. It is also talking to White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello about a merger.

Clarian will change its name next year to Indiana University Health to capitalize on its connection with the IU School of Medicine.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. The Walgreens did not get a lot of traffic. It was not located on the corner of the intersection, and not really visible from Emerson. Meanwhile the CVS there is huge and right on the corner. I am guessing a lot of people drove by a million times and never knew the Walgreens was there. Although, with the new Walmart market going in, that area could really see a lot of increase in traffic soon.

  2. You folks don't have a clue. There is a legal way to enter this country and to get aid. This left unchecked could run us to ruin quickly. I also heard that 'supporters' were getting major $$ to take them in? Who's monitoring this and guess who pays the bill? I support charitable organizations... but this is NOT the way to do it!

  3. Apparently at some time before alcohol has been served at the fair. The problem is that beer or wine used to be a common drink for people before soft drinks and was not thought to be that unusual. Since many folks now only drink to see how much they can drink or what kind of condition they can end up in it becomes more problematic. Go to Europe and its no big deal just as if you had sodas of milk to drink everyday. Its using common sense that is lacking now days.

  4. To address the epic failure of attracting race fans to both the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 would take too much of my time to write. Bottom line Boles is clueless and obviously totally out of touch with the real paying fan base. I see nothing but death spin coming for the Brickyard, just like Indy. Get somebody in a place of power that understands what race fans want.

  5. I am a race fan through & through. It doesn't matter if it's Indy cars or Nascar. I love a great race. I go to several other tracks each year and you can see the entire track. I know Indy has tradition, but fans want to see the entire race. I sit in the Penthouse, am almost 60 years old, and would like to see a better TV screen in turn 1 so you can see the entire race. Then I think Indy needs to install an escalator so us old folks can make it up to the Penthouse and down again if we want more options to purchase food and drinks. Just a race fans opinion. Lights won't make the race any better, but you might be able to see the TV better at night. Turn 1's screen needs replaced with a better and bigger screen.

ADVERTISEMENT