Jim Alender has been CEO of Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo since 1997. He recently negotiated a letter of intent to merge the hospital with Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. He spoke about the major factors that led to that decision, and the benefits he hopes to come from it. The deal, which still requires approval from Howard County officials, could close before the end of this year.

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How to sell Martinsville to MDs

Help with physician recruitment is a big factor pushing small-city hospitals into the arms of Indianapolis’ four major hospital systems. So how do the big boys entice doctors to the small towns?

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Troubled economy fueling hospital deals

Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health—a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana’s outlying cities.

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Latest iPhone app: Baby EKG

Mobile medicine has arrived. Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg became the first hospital in Indiana to start using AirStrip OB, a patient-monitoring system that sends things like the heartbeat waves of patients directly to physicians’ iPhones, BlackBerrys or other mobile devices.

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St. Vincent

Proposed Fishers medical park faces uncertain demand

Fishers development officials hope to create a huge cluster of medical and research facilities near Interstate 69’s Exit
10, near St. Vincent Medical Center Northeast, but local real estate experts disagree about the amount of potential demand
for such a development.

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Clarian hospitals in Avon, Carmel turn corner after big losses

Clarian Health officials say the only way they can keep operating their medical centers downtown is to support them with profitable
suburban hospitals. So far, it seems Clarian is on the right track. As Clarian moves forward with a new, $180 million hospital
in Fishers, its two existing suburban hospitals are starting to make money.

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Hancock Regional Hospital retools expansion plans

Aggressive expansion plans by Indianapolis’ three biggest hospital systems have pushed Greenfield-based Hancock Regional Hospital
to change up its plans to build an outpost of physician offices in northwest Hancock County, near the borders of Marion and
Hamilton counties. But Hancock Regional isn’t backing down.

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