The wrecking ball is busy at Community Hospital East, knocking down one building after another, as workers ready the site for a brand-new, $175 million hospital.
The hospital voluntarily closed the rooms Oct. 10 after finding discoloration on ceiling tiles and walls in a nearby corridor area.
The hospital system, which scaled back operations at Community Hospital Westview last year, said it made the decision to close it entirely after a "thorough evaluation of its care delivery models" in Indiana.
Just two years after United Hospital Services pushed into Kokomo by merging with North Central Indiana Linen Service, the co-op is planning its next move—this time into northwest Indiana.
The Pence administration’s decision to spend $120 million on a new psychiatric hospital represents a stark shift from the state’s approach to mental health of the past 30 years.
The Indianapolis-based hospital system has agreed to pay $20.3 million to settle claims that it overbilled the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Community Health Network said Thursday that it will spend $175 million to build a hospital on its East campus instead of renovating existing facilities. It also plans to build a $60 million cancer center on its North campus in the Castleton neighborhood.
Hospitals around the state have been trying to cut emergency room visits—and Obamacare was supposed to help. But the results have been mixed, according to some local hospitals.
Community executives said the investment and projects, which will begin this fall and extend over several years, prove their long-term commitment to the east side of the city.
The hospital network will close the 221-room hotel along the Interstate 69 corridor by the end of the year and will begin exploring redevelopment opportunities to meet the growth of the network.
Community Health Network and Eskenazi Health quietly called off their engagement months ago, when they found out federal laws effectively prohibited their marriage. Now they’re trying to figure out how to just be friends.
Before local hospitals slashed staff and expenses last year, they had been boosting the pay packages of their top executives faster than hospitals around the country. Seven of every 10 senior executives at the major hospital systems in Indianapolis saw their total compensation rise more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2012.
Tom Fischer, the chief financial and chief operating officer of Community Health Network, departed suddenly this month. Sources with knowledge of the situation described Fischer’s exit as a firing. But a Community spokeswoman said Fischer resigned in a private meeting with Community CEO Bryan Mills.
For years, the county-owned hospitals ringing Indianapolis have watched warily as the city’s four major hospital systems used their superior size and resources to push ever outward into the suburbs.