The case centered on an 80-year-old dilapidated hospital in eastern Indiana that St. Vincent bought in 2000. St. Vincent replaced it with a new hospital, called St. Vincent Randolph, at a cost of about $15.5 million.
St. Vincent will expand its footprint in central Indiana by opening eight small hospitals where patients can get treated for medical conditions that aren’t life-threatening. The first four locations were announced Monday.
The Indianapolis hospital group and its Tennessee partner were able to reduce emergency room visits, inpatient admissions and readmissions, and increase the percentage of generic drugs under a new model of care.
The trauma center at St. Vincent Indianapolis has become the third such facility in the state to be recognized as a Level I Trauma Center, meaning it is equipped and staffed to handle the most serious injuries.
Indianapolis hospital leaders have spent the past two months ironing out a plan to deal with any cases of Ebola that emerge in Indiana. The plan is aimed at ensuring effective care while also minimizing the need to bring other hospital services to a virtual halt while patients are under care.
St. Vincent Health will close its long-term acute hospital in Lafayette in the next two months, leaving as many as 83 workers without jobs. St. Vincent will continue to operate its other Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis.