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St. Francis yanking inpatient services from Beech Grove

March 8, 2007
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers will stop offering inpatient services at its Beech Grove hospital and consolidate those services at its Indianapolis campus on Indianapolis’ Southside, the hospital announced this morning.

As IBJ reported in January, St. Francis had filed paperwork with Marion County to expand onto 30 acres near its Indianapolis campus on South Emerson Avenue.

Today, St. Francis said it would build a five-story, 206-bed inpatient facility by 2010. The expansion also will include a larger and relocated emergency department, better imaging facilities and equipment, additional operating rooms and 1,000 extra parking spaces.

St. Francis said it is expanding the Indianapolis campus because of nearby population growth and rapidly increasing demand for health care services in that area. The Indianapolis campus also has ample land available for an expansion, whereas the older Beech Grove campus is landlocked.

What happens to the Beech Grove campus is unclear. St. Francis said it is working with city planners and community leaders, including Beech Grove Mayor Joe Wright, to craft a plan to redevelop it within Beech Grove’s Better, Brighter Beech Grove initiative. St. Francis said it would continue to operate either existing or new outpatient facilities in Beech Grove.

Formal planning for the future of St. Francis’ Beech Grove campus will intensify over the next year or so as consolidation efforts continue, St. Francis officials said.

“We remain committed to meeting the needs of residents of the Beech Grove community, where St. Francis Hospital was founded in 1914,” said Sister Marlene Shapley, St. Francis vice president of Mission Integration.
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