Three years after Indiana passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for patients without an in-person visit—using a computer, smartphone, video camera and similar technology—some health systems around the state are reporting higher use of virtual visits. St. Vincent, for example, sees hundreds of patients a month remotely for ailments ranging from minor rashes and sprains to follow-up visits for strokes.
The Indianapolis-based health system said the move will give patients more treatment options. It has opened five tiny hospitals in the last two years, and plans to open three more later this year.
Just 20 months ago, Tandem Hospital Partners had set up a joint venture with St. Vincent to develop a series of tiny hospitals. Today, the results are far different from what either company probably imagined.
The Indianapolis health system said it has not yet decided how to develop the site, but wants to keep its options open. It dropped plans four months ago to rezone the land after neighbors objected.
The lawsuit by a former medical director alleges St. Vincent engaged in a practice of “pushing out employees over the age of 40 and hiring substantially younger employees.”
St. Vincent, one of the oldest and most familiar names in Indiana’s hospital landscape, is about to undergo the most sweeping rebranding in its history.
The Indianapolis-based health system said it will continue to study possibilities for the land after neighbors objected to plans calling for nine buildings and four parking garages that carried an estimated price tag of $1 billion.
St. Vincent Health has agreed to pay $15,000 to a former employee and increase worker training under a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Jonathan Nalli has a message for his 16,000 employees at St. Vincent Health: Get ready for more transformation and disruption.
Carmel has postponed a rezoning hearing on a developer’s vague plan to build a medical complex at 96th Street and Spring Mill Road for St. Vincent Health. Carmel officials say they won’t consider a rezoning without specifics about the project.
But Jonathan Nalli said the health system has no plans to build a $1 billion hospital complex.
More than 100 people gathered Tuesday to plan how to oppose the project, which calls for nine buildings, two helipads and four parking garages.
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.
Neighbors contacted about selling their homes to make way for the development say St. Vincent Health is behind it. But a St. Vincent spokeswoman said the organization does not have “details to share” at this time.
Several major not-for-profit hospital groups, including the parent of St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices.
Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in deal talks to form the nation's largest hospital operator.
The clinic, at 3737 Waldemere Ave., will offer treatments for minor injuries and illnesses that do not require a visit to the emergency room.