Hospitals

St. Francis resumes work on $265M project

September 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
With its financial performance exceeding expectations, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers will resume construction on a $265 million, 221-bed patient tower at its Indianapolis campus, the hospital system announced Thursday.
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Chamber puts support behind Wishard hospital proposal

September 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced its support for construction of a new Wishard Hospital and promised to take a leadership position to help hospital leaders win voter approval for the project.
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St. Francis, Anthem finalize health insurance contract

September 1, 2009
Scott Olson
The St. Francis hospital system has finalized a multiyear agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, ending a months-long dispute over insurance-reimbursement costs, the parties said yesterday.
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Lennen, Ledyard named hospital presidents

August 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Community Health Network has chosen Anthony Lennen as president of Community Hospital South and Dr. Robin Ledyard as president of Community Hospital East, the health care system announced this morning.
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St. Francis buys big cardiology practiceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
J.K. Wall
As concern grows among medical providers that health care reform augurs lower payments, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has agreed to absorb a large group of cardiologists that bring lucrative heart patients to its facilities.
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Long-term-care business to help Wishard cover construction debtRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
To pay for a shiny new downtown hospital, the parent corporation of Wishard Health Services will commit itself to yearly debt payments 10 times as high as they are now. But Wishard officials have no doubt they can bear the extra load because of places like Rosewalk Village, a nursing home that sits on the eastern side of Indianapolis.
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Reimbursement changes prompt specialists to join hospital payrollsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Specialist physicians, who have traditionally been fiercely independent, are more and more coming on as employees of hospitals.
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'Epic' investment losses hit hospitalsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Financial reports trickling in from Indianapolis' major hospitals show why the city's health care building boom ground to a near halt this year. It ran into a wall of investment losses.
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New Community CEO weighs in on system's future, universal careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
J.K. Wall

IBJ reporter J.K. Wall asked Bryan A. Mills about his new job as Community Health Networks next CEO.

 

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General Assembly pushes statewide trauma systemRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation to create a network that would coordinate hospital trauma programs and bring the centers to underserved cities and rural areas.
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Entrepreneurs pursuing patient advocacy trendRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Christopher Lloyd
Patients are seeking help with their doctors, records and referrals as the health care system grows increasingly complex.
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New ER in Mooresville likely to intensify competition with Martinsville's Morgan HospitalRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville is seeing higher-than-projected use of a newly added emergency department that has firmed up its status as a full-service hospital.
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Hospitals seek mergers to save costsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Marion County hospital systems anticipate more mergers, possibly with each other.
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Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.
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Winona lacks evidence to prove fraudulent money transferRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The trustee for Winona Memorial Hospital lost in court against the hospital's former owner earlier this month — but not without receiving a bit of vindication from the judge in the case.
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WellPoint, St. Francis battle over insurer's IT problemsRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
J.K. Wall

A year of computer snafus boiled over Oct. 13 when the St. Francis system declared WellPoint Inc. in breach of its contract because of habitually late payments.


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Community Health CEO Corley preparing for 'something different'Restricted Content

June 16, 2008
J.K. Wall
This month, 65-year-old Bill Corley gave his 18 months' notice that he will be retiring as CEO of Community Health Network, the third-largest hospital network based in Indianapolis. Perhaps Community's board of directors needed so much time to replace a man who has held his post so long-nearly 25 years. When Corley arrived in 1984, Community consisted of just one hospital on Indianapolis' east side. Today, it has five.
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Clarian blazes trail with transplants, but some question its zealRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health this decade has transformed its transplant program into one of the busiest in the country. Its team of surgeons takes calls around the clock if a viable organ becomes available. They will hop on a charter plane to check out an organ other doctors don't want.
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Hospitals are mixed bag for rural economiesRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
J.K. Wall
Around Indiana, hospitals continue to grow and add workers, increasing their role as an economic driver to the state's economy. But health care reformers say hospital growth has a double edge, as higher health care costs dampen growth prospects for other Indiana employers and their workers.
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Clarian buys piece of Indiana Heart HospitalRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health has acquired a controlling stake in a cardiology practice based at the Indiana Heart Hospital, which is owned by Clarian competitor Community Health Network.
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Winona trustee still fighting hospital creditors, ex-ownerRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
J.K. Wall
Paul Gresk, the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the liquidation of Winona Memorial Hospital, is pushing for a showdown in court to prove his claims that Winona's former owner, Leland Medical Centers Inc., illegally transferred more than $4 million out of Winona.
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Clarian hospitals in Avon, Carmel turn corner after big lossesRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health officials say the only way they can keep operating their medical centers downtown is to support them with profitable suburban hospitals. So far, it seems Clarian is on the right track. As Clarian moves forward with a new, $180 million hospital in Fishers, its two existing suburban hospitals are starting to make money.
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Health hot spot rises in BrownsburgRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
Plans abound to bring new health care facilities to Brownsburg, one of Hendricks County's fast-growing towns. Some familiar local names, such as OrthoIndy, St. Vincent Health and Clarian Health Partners, all have claims to land in the Brownsburg area.
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Hancock Regional Hospital retools expansion plansRestricted Content

July 9, 2007
J.K. Wall
Aggressive expansion plans by Indianapolis' three biggest hospital systems have pushed Greenfield-based Hancock Regional Hospital to change up its plans to build an outpost of physician offices in northwest Hancock County, near the borders of Marion and Hamilton counties. But Hancock Regional isn't backing down.
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Hospital charity cases growing as ranks of uninsured swellRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
J.K. Wall
In the last three years, Indianapolis hospitals have seen a substantial run-up in the amount of charity care they give to patients who can't pay. The cost of care is rising, more people are uninsured, and government officials are scrutinizing not-for-profit hospitals to make sure they give enough charity care to merit their tax-exempt status.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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