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Major Hospital is seeking public input on its plans to build a $100 million hospital on the northern edge of Shelbyville, according to The Shelbyville News. The plans, which Major executives have been mulling since 2003, call for a 240,000-square-foot facility that would connect to Major’s Benesse Oncology Center in the Intelliplex business park. Major has also opened orthopedic, cardiology and OBGYN centers in the park. Major’s inpatient hospital in the center of Shelbyville has 72 beds, but the vast majority of the care Major provides is on an outpatient basis. Major has already begun to solicit bids from construction firms and bond rating agencies. CEO Jack Horner said the Major Hopsital board could make a decision on building a new hospital by October.

St. Vincent Heart Center wants to build a helipad about a half-mile from the specialty hospital. Currently, helicopter ambulances transporting cardiovascular patients must land at a borrowed facility a couple of miles north, on the opposite side of heavily traveled U.S. 31—adding as much as 20 minutes to the trip. Carmel’s Board of Zoning Appeals denied a similar request back in 2008, saying the proposed location was too close to nearby neighborhoods. But the newly proposed location at 10202 N. Meridian St. is less residential. The now-vacant land was once the home of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, which moved to 106th Street in 2012 to make way for the U.S. 31/I-465 interchange improvements now under construction. The zoning board is scheduled to consider the request at its Aug. 25 meeting.

Warsaw-based Symmetry Medical Inc. plans to sell off the orthopedics components subsidiary that generates nearly 80 percent of its revenue, according to Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Massachusetts-based Tecomet, which is part of Genstar Capital, has agreed to pay $450 million for the OEM Solutions subsidiary. As part of the sale, Symmetry Medical will transfer ownership of its surgical instrument business, Symmetry Surgical, to the company’s shareholders and turn Symmetry Surgical into a newly traded public company. Shareholders would get one share of the new company for every four shares of Symmetry Medical stock. OEM Solutions generated nearly $81 million in revenue in the second quarter. Symmetry Surgical, meanwhile, saw $20.4 million in second-quarter revenue, down 8.7 percent from a year earlier.

WellPoint Inc.’s California subsidiary has partnered with the not-for-profit health plan Blue Shield of California to pay $80 million to launch a medical data sharing portal, according to the Associated Press. The California Integrated Data Exchange, known as Cal INDEX, is designed to share patients’ medical claims records electronically among doctors and hospitals, even for emergency room patients. Mark Morgan, president of WellPoint’s Anthem Blue Cross plan in California, said the health plans will mimic successful models such as the New York e-Health Collaborative and Indiana Health Information Exchange. The health plans’ information from patients' billing claims could supplement treatment records in the 30 health information exchanges health care providers have already created in California.

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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