Wishard

Med school students share their stories

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Five students at Indiana University School of Medicine contemplate whether to opt for family practice or a specialty.
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Building binge hasn't crimped hospital profits

September 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals spent billions on construction in the past decade and increasingly tried to poach patients from one another’s territories. Yet last year—one of the worst economically in recent history—21 of 26 hospitals still were able to show operating profits.
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Poor economy keeping Wishard project costs down

September 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Contractors starving for work are submitting more competitive bids, which so far has led to about $10 million in savings, hospital official says.
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Wishard Health Services rewards carpoolers

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Landing the best parking spot doesn't always require getting a big promotion.
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Wishard construction bids starting to flow

July 2, 2010
Scott Olson
About $72 million in bids have been awarded so far for the $754 million Wishard Hospital project—ahead of schedule and under budget, for the time being—including demolition and foundation work.
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Wishard Hospital project is life blood to contractors

May 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Replacing the existing Wishard Memorial Hospital is so critical to the well-being of the sickly construction sector that one industry official likens the project to a "lifeline."
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Wishard Foundation appoints new leader

April 30, 2010
Ernest Vargo II's Vargo's top priority will be guiding the foundation's $50 million capital campaign for the construction of the new, $754 million Wishard Hospital.
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Wishard debt $80M below 'best' scenario

March 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Historically low bond rates will help the parent corporation of Wishard Health Services build hospital for less money than expected.
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Wishard parent 'ecstatic' about cheap debt - so far

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County got good news in its first round of borrowing to finance a new Wishard Hospital: so far, it is paying less than planned.
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Wishard construction project enjoying cheap debt

February 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County got good news in its first round of borrowing to finance a new Wishard hospital: The cost is less than expected.
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Building trades leaders flock to Wishard meetings

December 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Hundreds of potential contractors turned out for informational meetings this week about construction work on a new Wishard Memorial Hospital.
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IUPUI mulling options for old Wishard Hospital siteRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
J.K. Wall
The most obvious use for the old Wishard site is an expansion of the Indiana University School of Medicine, particularly for medical research space, university administrators said.
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KATTERJOHN: Indianapolis is a 21st century schizoid townRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
With apologies to the rock group King Crimson, who recorded a song in the late ’60s called “21st Century Schizoid Man,” I’d like to draw attention to our city’s split personality. Good Indianapolis. Bad Indianapolis.
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Work on new Wishard Hospital set to start next week

November 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
After winning 83-percent support for $754 million hospital, Wishard officials hope to sell bonds, pick construction firm by year's end.
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New Wishard gets overwhelming approval in referendum

November 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Unofficial results from Tuesday night's special election show more than eight out of 10 Marion County voters supporting a new $754 million hospital for Wishard Health Services.
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Wishard receives $6 million gift from Fairbanks

November 3, 2009
The Wishard Foundation said it has received a $6 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation that will be used to help fund construction of a new Wishard Hospital, if Marion County voters approve the project.
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Wishard hopes to overcome taxpayer skepticism in referendum

November 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Tuesday's vote will determine if Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. can sell up to $703 million in taxpayer-backed bonds to replace the county-owned hospital.
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Vote no on Wishard

October 31, 2009
“Get out and Vote (no) for Wishard” should have been [Chris Katterjohn’s Oct. 26 column] for two simple reasons:
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KATTERJOHN: Get out and vote for WishardRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
You know, there’s an election on Nov. 3, right? We’re not voting for president, governor, mayor, or even dog catcher. We’re voting for a critical piece of the health care delivery system in central Indiana: whether to allow Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. to sell bonds to build a new Wishard Hospital.
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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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EDITORIAL: Wishard's smart planning shields taxpayersRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A referendum this fall on Wishard Health Services’ plans to build a $754 million hospital will tell a lot about the mood—and savvy—of Marion County voters. In this economy, and with government at all levels strapped for cash, the knee-jerk reaction might be to reject such a proposal.
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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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Wishard Foundation seeks new leader after CEO resignsRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The CEO of the Wishard Foundation resigned last month, prompting the fund-raising arm of Wishard Health Services to tap consulting firm Johnson Grossnickle & Associates for a replacement.
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Wishard squeezes in more patientsRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Occupancy at Wishard Hospital was 98 percent before the recession and is still that high, and more people have been coming as inpatients and as mental health patients, forcing the hospital to come up with creative ways to handle the load.
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Wishard considers new hospitalRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
Matt Gutwein and Lisa Harris drive into work each morning knowing their hospital, Wishard Health Services, will lose half a million dollars that day. But they're OK with that. In fact, they're laying a plan to keep it up for the next 20 years. Looming large on their to-do list: building a new hospital.
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