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That didn’t take long. After finalizing its merger with Morgan Hospital & Medical Center on July 1, Indiana University Health announced a new medical office building in Mooresville. According to The Reporter-Times of Martinsville, the 15,200-square-foot building should be finished by December. The $3.6 million project will unite physicians who work out of two separate office buildings in the area. The southern suburbs of Indianapolis have become a battleground for Indianapolis’ major hospital systems. Franciscan St. Francis Health has long dominated the area. But Community Health Network recently expanded its hospital on County Line Road and also formed a close partnership with Franklin-based Johnson Memorial Hospital. IU Health’s acquisition of Morgan Hospital gives it a toehold in the region, and the system still has a chunk of land in Bargersville it could build on if its leaders see the opportunity for further growth.

As part of their partnership announced in November, OrthoIndy and St. Vincent Health have begun offering orthopedic care in Bedford, where St. Vincent is in crosstown competition with Indiana University Health. Orthopedics is a key specialty to bring lucrative surgeries into a hospital. In Bedford, OrthoIndy’s Dr. Benjamin Justice and Dr. Matthew Lavery, along with St. Vincent’s Dr. James Rickert, are accepting patients at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

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