Hospitals

Indy is poster child (again) for medical arms race

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis was highlighted in a new national study because its hospitals have been particularly aggressive at expanding their geographic reach—raising concerns among health insurers and even hospitals themselves that new medical facilities and market power can only lead to higher prices.
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St. Vincent nears another 'merger'

April 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system is working with Evansville-based St. Mary's Health System to mesh some of their corporate operations.
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Community to expand Heart Hospital

March 26, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network will break ground this month on a $6.9 million, 4,600-square-foot expansion of its Indiana Heart Hospital, adding two operating rooms.
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Client seeks lost revenue from Oxford FinancialRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in Richmond alleges the financial adviser's delay in selling investments cost the hospital more than $2.5 million.
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Hospitals to build $14M medical center in Bargersville

March 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network and Johnson Memorial Hospital plan to spend $14 million to build a medical office building and outpatient center in Bargersville. The 70,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in mid-2013.
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Franciscan pulls back Greenwood plans

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Franciscan St. Francis Health said its plans to build an emergency room and physician office building in Greenwood are on hold due to uncertainty over the effects of health care reform.
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IU Health names Kitchell chief financial officer

February 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
Ryan Kitchell, 38, replaces Marvin Pember, who left in July to take an executive position with Philadelphia-based hospital system Universal Health Services Inc.
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Study: Indy hospitals charge 'excess' prices

February 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Big 3 automakers spent 35 percent more in the Indianapolis area to provide health care for workers and non-elderly retirees than they did in other auto-heavy cities—and two-thirds of that difference can be blamed on “excess prices” by Indianapolis hospitals.
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Franciscan to mark Beech Grove closure

February 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Franciscan St. Francis Health announced five years ago that it would consolidate its Beech Grove operations into an expanded hospital 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.
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Technology helps Ivy Tech marry new, old constructionRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Scott Olson
3-D scans match former hospital with building plans.
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Hospitals' impact less than reported

February 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
After years of screaming by employers that spiraling health care spending is crimping their profits and forcing them to hold down wages, the economic impact study released last week by Indiana University Health suggests health care spending is an unmitigated blessing to the Indiana economy.
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Community agrees to absorb Howard Regional

January 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Kokomo’s Howard Regional Health System has signed a letter of intent to join the Community Health Network less than four months after it broke off a merger deal with Indiana University Health.
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Rating doctors and other health care providersRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
A new onslaught of Medicare data might shine more light on providers, but tricky questions abound.
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Mills: Health care's future is partnership

December 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
In spite of all the consolidation lately among hospitals, Community Health CEO Bryan Mills says the future of hospital systems will hinge more on partnerships like the one Community struck last week on its rehab hospital.
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IU Health reports most serious medical errors

November 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana's largest and busiest medical system committed 19 preventable errors last year at its hospitals in Indianapolis and other cities, three fewer than in 2009, according to a report released Monday.
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Community to move rehab service to new $23M hospital

November 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network plans to move its inpatient rehabilitation facility from its east-side hospital to a new $23 million, 60-bed facility in the Castleton neighborhood.
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BROWN: The real reason hospitals are buying doctor officesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Michael Brown / Special to IBJ
Raising prices is easier when numbers are limited.
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Slabosky retiring from IU Health Plans

November 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Alex Slabosky, who ran the M-Plan HMO for 20 years, is retiring from IU Health and has been replaced by the hospital's treasurer, Ryan Kitchell.
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Riley promotes chief medical officer to CEO

November 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Dr. Jeff Sperring takes the helm after a leadership void created by the departure of Riley's CEO and COO in late spring.
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Study: IU med school, hospitals boost Indiana economy

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
A new study says biomedical research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and its partner hospitals pumped about $370 million into Indiana's economy in 2009.
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Not following directions could bite local hospital

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Westview Hospital might be on the hook for $160,000 because its advisers used a fax machine to tell Lehman Brothers it was canceling a financial agreement.
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Hospitals scrambling to buy nursing homesRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
The hospitals owned by Boone and Hamilton counties are following the lead of Indianapolis-based Wishard Health Services and its parent organization by acquiring far-flung nursing homes, hoping the strategy proves as lucrative.
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Real estate brokerage sues IU Health over commissions

October 20, 2011
Scott Olson
CBRE Inc. accuses the local hospital system of cheating it out of consulting fees that could top seven figures related to several building projects.
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Judge slaps IU Health over billing

October 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a Marion Superior Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit by two uninsured patients who received care at IU Health North Hospital in Carmel.
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Waiting for construction industry to recoverRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Tawn Parent
The recession officially ended more than two years ago. But the number of local construction jobs is still down 27 percent from 2007 levels. Will the industry ever feel relief? Some segments might not recover in a big way until 2013.
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