In an unusual show of solidarity, officials from several major Indianapolis-area health care systems held a joint press conference Monday afternoon to issue dire warnings about the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases and explain how their facilities and staffs are close to becoming overwhelmed.
City reaches tentative deal with developer on Broad Ripple Park community, health center
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Lawsuit throws spotlight on physicians’ hospital referrals
A high-stakes suit this month by the federal government against Community Health Network is raising questions about when they are proper and when they cross the line.Read More
The hospital has made more than $60 million in cuts, including the elimination of its 401(k) match through the rest of the year and the closing of a rehabilitation hospital in Kokomo.
Community Health Network was one of the first behavioral health inpatient programs in the country prepared to care for patients with COVID-19.
The Indianapolis-based hospital system is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also lost $201.2 million on investments during the quarter as the economy and financial markets tanked.
The Justice Department said the financial arrangements were outlined in a whistleblower suit brought by Thomas Fischer, who served as Community Health’s CFO from 2005 until his sudden exit in 2013. In a separate suit, Fischer claimed he was fired in retaliation for questioning possibly illegal practices.
A deal to build a new family center at Broad Ripple Park could be just the first of several privately funded projects considered by the park system.
The merger, announced Wednesday, is designed to give patients a more comprehensive approach to addiction and behavioral health services,” including treatment for serious mental illness and a psychiatric intensive care unit.
The dispute centers on extensive cracking in the foundation at Community Hospital East, which just underwent a massive, $175 million upgrade with a new patient tower.
When the $175 million hospital opens in stages over the next two weeks, patients and visitors will see a major upgrade in facilities.
Indiana hospitals are racking up millions of dollars in penalties for having too many patients return for care within a month of discharge.
Community Health has been looking for a buyer for Community Healthplex since it closed down a small hospital on the same campus at the end of 2016.
Even before news broke that an unidentified health care system had lined up 30 acres at 96th Street and Spring Mill Road for a massive development, projects costing billions of dollars were underway or on the drawing board across the region.
It will be smaller and sleeker and—if all goes according to plan—might actually make money, rather than ending each year in the red or barely breaking even.
Whether so-called micro-hospitals can succeed financially might depend on whether they can meet Medicare’s definition of a hospital: a medical facility that dedicates the bulk of its services to inpatient care.
The transitional care hospital, which has lost money in two of the past three years, will reopen next year as Community Rehabilitation Hospital South.
Urgent care centers, which already seem to have blanketed nearly every retail strip and neighborhood in central Indiana, are continuing to spring up at a surprising rate.
Community Health Network’s new Cancer Center North, which will have its grand opening Saturday is designed to lift patients’ spirits as much as kill cancer cells.