In 1879, Dr. William N. Wishard, then 27 years old, became superintendent of Indianapolis City Hospital, an institution so little regarded that it lacked city water and gas.
The university wants to expand its health services program by using some existing Wishard space and tearing down other buildings and replacing them with modern facilities,
At 1.3 million square feet, the new hospital has plenty of room to display art, most of which was purchased with contributions from donors. The hospital is set to open Dec. 7.
The recent flurry of big announcements portends well.
The new partnership between Community Health Network and Wishard Health Services could put a third health care entity in an awkward position: the Indiana University School of Medicine. Virtually all of the nearly 1,100 physicians who practice at Wishard Memorial Hospital and its community clinics come from the IU medical school.
The partnership will create a new board to oversee and coordinate the operations of both systems, according to internal messages sent to Community stakeholders. Community Health CEO Bryan Mills will be the CEO of the new joint-operating entity.
The health care systems would not provide details, but said the announcement would place "Indianapolis in the best position for health care reform."
A little extra Medicare money will flow to suburban hospitals in the Indianapolis area, based on recent patient satisfaction scores. But hospitals in the core of Indianapolis—and hospitals that do significant amounts of teaching medical students—may take a hit.
Keystone Group, Turkish immigrant Ersal Ozdemir’s 10-year-old development firm, is orchestrating some of central Indiana’s most ambitious projects, including a $15M Broad Ripple parking garage and the $60M million mixed-use Sophia Square in Carmel.
Hospitals around Indianapolis and the nation are expanding programs to help people before they become patients. They are trying to teach cooking as well as treat cancer, to do social work as well as do surgery.
Fifth Third Bank executive Kevin Hipskind's experience as a patient in the burn unit of Wishard Hospital played a role in a $5 million gift the Cincinnati-based bank is making for Wishard’s new Eskenazi Hospital, under construction at IUPUI.
John Thompson’s humble approach to community service has earned him the distinction of being the 18th recipient of IBJ’s Michael A. Carroll Award, given annually to a man or woman who has demonstrated the former deputy mayor’s qualities of determination, humility and devotion to the community.