A Roman Catholic hospital in South Bend, Ind., may relocate from the city to the suburbs, according to a published report.
Officials at 289-bed St. Joseph's Medical Center have confirmed that moving all or part of the hospital's operations out of South Bend is one option under consideration in a facility feasibility study, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Richard Beyer, St. Joseph's president and chief executive officer, was unavailable last week for comment.
St. Joseph's is part of Holy Cross Health System Corp., based in South Bend. Earlier this summer, 13-hospital Holy Cross announced it would consolidate with 39-hospital Mercy Health Services, Farmington Hills, Mich. The deal is expected to be completed next year (July 5, p. 16).
St. Joseph's has been conducting the study of its facilities since April with accounting firm Ernst & Young, according to a memo detailing some of the planning. The study is due in October.
The hospital also is considering renovating its current campus, which is located near downtown South Bend.