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Indiana University Health wants to merge two of its big downtown hospitals—University and Methodist—into one location, meaning either one or both would close or be converted to another use, IBJ is reporting in its June 23 edition.

How soon the two hospitals, which employ more than 5,000 people, would merge is uncertain. But already, IU Health is consolidating the emergency rooms of the two hospitals. On July 1, the University Hospital ER will close and send its patients to the Methodist ER.

A working team of more than 20 IU Health personnel held its first meeting Thursday to discuss consolidating the hospitals. That team aims to make recommendations in the fall.

For details on why IU Health is making such a drastic change and potential obstacles, IBJ subscribers can read the full story here.

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  • Competiion
    It's difficult to have "competition" when the two biggest sources of the money "Medicare" and "anthem" are immune from antitrust and are big enough to pay whatever they wish for services to entities that are smaller like hospitals and providers. It is complicated by the fact that insurers are non longer non profits and are beholden to shareholders. Patient coverage demographics then becomes the only significant factor of profit margins.
  • Shoving out the experienced
    It is another way to shove out the expereince nursing staffer. If Adminstration had not over spent over the past 2 decades building bigger and better there would be less of need to consolidate. Have the staff that knows how to care for your clients. I use city hospitals only if I am forced to. Update the buildings you have or let another system come in take over on building or the other. Our economy was built on competition.
    • Blame game
      Well Obamacare sure isn't stopping suburban hospital construction. These two downtown facilities are aging and have been below capacity for years.
    • Obamacare?
      While you bash Obamacare for being the source of all medical reform evil, let's remember something: "Indiana University Health President and CEO Dan Evans Jr. had the highest compensation of any Indianapolis-based health system CEO, earning more than $2.08 million in 2010. This figure is 17 percent higher than 2008. Not including Mr. Evans' retirement payments, his base salary jumped 19 percent from 2008, according to the report." - taken from Becker's Hospital Review --- so, yeah, it's all Obama's fault that healthcare is in the shape it currently is? How blind you all are.
    • Yup
      Margaret, when you make Medicare essentially into an HMO where there are financial rewards for avoiding inpatient use the projections suggest that Indy area will need to cut 2/3 of inpatient beds like what happened in California when it went HMO. Medicare patients are already considered "filler" since payments are around break even or worse. So, hospitals in bad non medicare patient demographic areas will go first- like downtown and the south side.
    • Comment to Evam
      I agree with you Evan, what next??
    • Layoff's are coming
      Well this doesn't bode well for the employees at these two hospitals. I'm sure they will be thinning the herds in the next year or so.
    • Job cuts
      Consolidation equals job cuts
    • Obamacare
      The negative affects of Obamacare just continue to pile up.

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