Clarian driven back in Muncie

November 29, 2007
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Clarian Health wasnâ??t able to get its $75 million medical complex near Muncie off the ground partly because doctors balked.

So much sentiment poured out in favor of the home team, Ball Memorial Hospital, that Clarian couldnâ??t sign enough doctors to make the project fly.

Would Clarian have skimmed the most profitable business and left the rest for Ball Memorial, as detractors warned? Or, as supporters maintained, would competition have improved health care?

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  • What a complete and udder shame! As a relative of many family members still living in the Muncie area, I am appalled and absolutely amazed at the level of care given at Ball Memorial Hospital. Ball Memorial NEEDS the competition to raise the bar for themselves. It is not the profitable sections of healthcare that Clarian would have taken, it is the QUALITY of healthcare that would drive patients to Clarian. Clarian, along with Community Hospitals and St. Vincents totally understand what quality means. I speak totally from a patient experience level while also having a relative on the inside that preferred another relative of ours not be placed on the 9th floor because the care level was not good. The truly unfortunate thing is that most of the community in and around Muncie really believes that Ball Memorial is the best and only place to go. They have no idea of what standard of care they could be receiving. I do believe there are amazingly caring and talented professionals who work for Ball, but the overall direction and quality of care that the administration provides is severely lacking. Disappointing news for sure.

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