A new physician-owned acute-care hospital is set to open by spring 2007 in Merrillville, Ind. Pinnacle Healthcare will be a full-service hospital with doctors from 30 offices around northwest Indiana, said K.J. Singh, M.D., president of the hospital's board. The 60,000-square-foot building will include an emergency room, an intensive-care unit, operating rooms, gynecological services and a laboratory. "This is not a specialty hospital," Singh said. He would not say exactly how many physicians will work out of the hospital or how many beds can be expected. But he said the hospital will employ about 80 to 100 people with a patient-to-nurse ratio of 4-to-1.
Ramesh Kanuru, M.D., a Pinnacle Healthcare board member, said the goal of the hospital is to return healthcare to doctors and serve patients who might otherwise choose to seek treatment in another area, such as nearby Chicago. "We want to provide first-class care so people don't need to go to Chicago," Kanuru said. "As a physician, we don't have control of how care is given. But we know what care is needed."