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Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health will manage operations at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington under an agreement announced Sept. 4. Adding Monroe gives St. Vincent control of hospitals stretching from Indianapolis to Bedford and even farther south to Salem and Evansville. St. Vincent owns or operates 22 hospitals around the state. The only other Indiana hospital with that kind of geographic reach is Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health, which owns Bloomington Hospital. St. Vincent will oversee quality and safety efforts, physician relations, patient experience, finance and other functions to increase efficiency and reduce costs. The 32-bed facility, which opened in 2006, is owned by Alabama-based Medical Properties Trust Inc. Monroe has routinely lost money, including a loss of $13.2 million in 2011, according to hospital reports to the federal Medicare program, made available by the website AHD.com. Monroe had total patient revenue last year of $102.4 million. The hospital had been courting potential partners or buyers for at least two years. It entered discussions not only with St. Vincent, but also with Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance and Munster-based Community Healthcare System.

Nyhart Actuary & Employee Benefits has established its first office on the West Coast with its latest acquisition. Nyhart will add 15 employees by acquiring San Diego-based Epler Co., a regional actuarial, employee benefits and compensation-strategies firm. Nyhart now has 100 employees, including 70 at its headquarters in Indianapolis. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives Nyhart new expertise on employee compensation, which it hopes will help bolster its pension business for private, church and public plans. Nyhart serves plans with $15 billion or more in assets, providing fund analysis, advisory services on employee compensation and retirement benefits, and actuarial work on health care issues. It is the third acquisition Nyhart has made in the last two years.

Tymora Analytical Operations LLC has received a $150,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The West Lafayette-based company will use the money to develop nanotechnology products that aim to help researchers analyze the adding of phosphate molecules to proteins in the body, a process that plays a role in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other maladies. Tymora’s leading product would allow researchers to detect multiple changes to proteins in a single experiment. The 2-year-old company has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, an investment by Purdue’s Emerging Innovations Fund and winnings from business plan competitions.

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health will now make its pediatric specialists available at The South Bend Clinic. Riley specialists in cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, neurology and rheumatology will see patients from throughout the northern Indiana and southern Michigan regions. Riley's hospital facility in downtown Indianapolis treats children from all over Indiana and beyond the state's borders.

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  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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