Health Care & Life Sciences

Area hospital construction taking break after expensive binge

January 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Observers expect a lull with inpatient facilities for five years or more, but continued proliferation of outpatient clinics and surgery centers.
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Clarian to resume construction at Riley Hospital for Children

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
It’s the latest exhalation by a local hospital after massive investment losses and a scary economy forced them to tighten their belts a year ago.
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UPDATE: Marian already has three possible locations for new medical school

January 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis and Westview hospitals are open to hosting the osteopathic-medicine school proposed by the Indianapolis Catholic institution.
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Marian University to launch state's second medical school

January 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The tiny Catholic institution in Indianapolis has $30 million raised toward new college that could train nearly half as many students as the Indiana University medical school.
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Stericycle to expand in Indianapolis

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based medical waste disposal firm Stericycle Inc. will expand its Indianapolis operations, creating as many as 109 jobs by 2011, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday.
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Report: Insurers secretly funded ads attacking health reform

January 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. reportedly joined fellow health insurance giants to fund TV ads as insurers tempered their support for reform.
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Clarian to restart Riley project, reverse pay cuts

January 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health soon will restart work on a new tower at Riley Hospital for Children near downtown Indianapolis and is set to lift other cost-saving restrictions.
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FDA letters scold Lilly, others over marketing materials

January 13, 2010
Associated Press
The letter to Indianapolis-based Lilly cites a print advertisement for the antidepressant Cymbalta that did not adequately display information about the drug's side effects.
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Roche taps new local CEO

January 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics named a new CEO for its North American operations Tuesday to replace Michael Tillmann, who resigned on Friday.
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Tillmann out as Roche Diagnostics CEO

January 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
The management change comes as the Indianapolis company's diabetes market share has been sliding. Roche says successor will be named "shortly."
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Doctors resume battle with Anthem, health insurersRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Doctors are pushing again to strengthen their hands in contract negotiations with health insurers, especially market leader Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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Health care spending slows in most sectors, but government spending increases

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health spending is growing slower than it has in 48 years, but whether health care reform will continue the trend is the subject of debate here and around the country.
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Adversity prepared health exec for new role at helm of SynCare

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stephanie DeKemper believes everything in her adult life has prepared her to run SynCare LLC. She’s so sure that she’s buying the company.
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WellPoint stock surging on positive analyst forecasts

January 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The long-term outlook for health care reform is uncertain, but many analysts are expecting big health insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint to benefit in 2010.
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Hill-Rom hires new CEO

January 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
John J. Greisch was most recently president of international operations at Baxter International Inc.
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Witham planning bond sale to acquire Anson site

January 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lebanon-based hospital system also wants to refinance about $21 million in debt on new medical office building.
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FDA cancels meeting to review Lilly's Cymbalta

January 5, 2010
Associated Press
The agency said the meeting was canceled "to allow time for the FDA to review new information" about a proposed new use for the drug.
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Health care software firm RealMed regains momentum

January 2, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
RealMed enjoys a nearly 99-percent renewal rate among its current customers and attracted 4,000 new doctors in 2009. Employment at the company is rising after a steady decline.
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Entrepreneur says quality of venture capital as important as quantity

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Pearson knows a thing or two about raising money from venture capitalists. And he has some advice for BioCrossroads: Teach entrepreneurs the value of money.
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Grass-roots groups prepare to fill gaps in health care reform

January 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Legislation set to come out of Washington will not change the most fundamental problems of the health care system, leaving it up to states, cities and companies to figure out what to do about it.
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Indiana nears 1M mark in swine-flu vaccinations

December 31, 2009
Associated Press
So far this year, 35 people have died in Indiana from swine flu.
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St. Francis sues OrthoIndy over new surgery center

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Legal complaint alleges new $20 million facility in Greenwood breaches partnership deal struck in 2001.
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Corporations bet on insiders to bend reform

December 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis health care heavyweights are among those spending $635 million, employing 166 former aides to key congressional leaders and committees in health reform process.
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Lilly scurries to get out from under Zyprexa cloud

December 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
Another year of rapid change at Eli Lilly and Co. did little to move the company out from under the cloud cast by its best-selling drug, Zyprexa.
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Health care industry braces for reform

December 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
Congress is on the cusp of transforming health insurance—if it can pass a health reform bill that was losing popularity late in the year.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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