Franciscan to mark Beech Grove closure

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

It’s the end of the road for Franciscan St. Francis Health in Beech Grove.

The Catholic hospital system will hold a closing service on Wednesday at its Beech Grove hospital, and within the next two and a half weeks it will end all inpatient operations at the facility.

Franciscan announced five years ago that it would consolidate its Beech Grove operations into an expanded facility seven miles south, near Interstate 65 and Emerson Avenue. The last inpatient department to close at Beech Grove will be its emergency room, on March 16.

The Beech Grove hospital was founded in 1914 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, an order of nuns based in Mishawaka.

But it has fallen victim to the need for hospitals to attract patients paying with private health insurance, which pays generous prices compared to government sponsored health plans such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Such patients have for decades been gathering more in outlying suburbs such as Greenwood and Mooresville, where Franciscan also has a hospital. Franciscan also is building out an outpatient center with six inpatient beds in Carmel, the most coveted area for well-heeled patients.

The 900,000-square-foot Beech Grove campus proved problematic for two other reasons, as well. It was primarily an inpatient facility, even though the vast majority of patients are now seen on an outpatient basis. Also, Franciscan had no more land on which it could expand or reconfigure its facility.

“Combining the two hospitals under one roof enables us to perform more efficiently, achieve cost-savings, eliminate duplication of services and further enhance the level of care our patients expect and deserve,” said Bob Brody, CEO of Franciscan St. Francis.

Franciscan officials reiterated that they will keep an outpatient presence in Beech Grove. Outpatient laboratory, physical therapy and radiology services will remain open at 1600 Albany St. at least through the fall. Also, Beech Grove-area residents with minor ailments could visit the St. Francis Medical Group After-Hours Clinic at 2030 Churchman Ave.



  • very sad...
    ...too lose another city hospital, but of course predicable given our current method of paying for health care thru greedy for-profit health insurance companies... single-payer, universal health care would prevent any of this 'moving to the suburbs where the money is' BS that only hurts the people who can least afford it...they don't have this kind of garbage in Canada and all the health care clinics, whether urban or suburban, are neat and clean and well-run and where EVERYONE gets health care cuz they NEED it not because they happen to have a job that provides health insurance! this country is so screwed..."it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society" ~ Krishnamurti

Post a comment to this story

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

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. By the way, the right to work law is intended to prevent forced union membership, not as a way to keep workers in bondage as you make it sound, Italiano. If union leadership would spend all of their funding on the workers, who they are supposed to be representing, instead of trying to buy political favor and living lavish lifestyles as a result of the forced membership, this law would never had been necessary.

  2. Unions once served a noble purpose before greed and apathy took over. Now most unions are just as bad or even worse than the ills they sought to correct. I don't believe I have seen a positive comment posted by you. If you don't like the way things are done here, why do you live here? It would seem a more liberal environment like New York or California would suit you better?

  3. just to clear it up... Straight No Chaser is an a capella group that formed at IU. They've toured nationally typically doing a capella arangements of everything from Old Songbook Standards to current hits on the radio.

  4. This surprises you? Mayor Marine pulled the same crap whenhe levered the assets of the water co up by half a billion $$$ then he created his GRAFTER PROGRAM called REBUILDINDY. That program did not do anything for the Ratepayors Water Infrastructure Assets except encumber them and FORCE invitable higher water and sewer rates on Ratepayors to cover debt coverage on the dough he stole FROM THE PUBLIC TRUST. The guy is morally bankrupt to the average taxpayer and Ratepayor.

  5. There is no developer on the planet that isn't aware of what their subcontractors are doing (or not doing). They hire construction superintendents. They have architects and engineers on site to observe construction progress. If your subcontractor wasn't doing their job, you fire them and find someone who will. If people wonder why more condos aren't being built, developers like Kosene & Kosene are the reason. I am glad the residents were on the winning end after a long battle.