Thank you for your coverage of health care in Indianapolis in the Oct. 30 issue [Eskenazi Health getting national recognition for healthy, fresh food; Tiny hospitals project hefty earnings]. This community needs to be aware of the different strategies employed by its leading institutions to deal with our common socioeconomic problems, in this case cost-effective provision of health care.
Eskenazi Health is committed to public health with a focus on preventive, cost-effective care for chronic disease and trauma care for the most underserved population in Indianapolis/Marion County. It does this by providing a first-rate medical staff working in a facility designed to provide all elements of a holistic approach to its patients.
In contrast, the St. Vincent commitment seems to be to maximize profits by providing convenient, high-margin services in “microhospitals” scattered throughout the region’s most affluent communities.
America’s serious problems with access, cost and provision of chronic disease management in an aging, unhealthy population can only be solved by widespread adoption of the Eskenazi model. The St. Vincent model is obsolete.
Dr. Christopher Stack