INDIANAPOLIS—With the blessings of religious and civic leaders, sprinkled holy water and tolling from their rarely used Angelus Bell, officials at Franciscan St. Francis Health dedicated the completion of the first phase of their expansion in Indianapolis last week following more than three years of construction on the $265 million project. The completion of the first phase of the project included a new and larger emergency department that has 63 exam rooms arranged in pods for more personalized care, along with new imaging and laboratory equipment, according to a news release. As part of the renovation, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers-Indianapolis was scheduled to move its ER to the eastern side of the campus April 13, the same day 10 new surgical suites will open along with a wound care institute and new offices for nursing administration and spiritual care. The second phase, slated for completion in May 2012, will renovate the upper floors of the patient-care tower at the site, including 221 inpatient beds. An expanded cancer center is expected to open on the campus in 2012.
Regional News/Midwest: Franciscan St. Francis Health completes first phase of expansion
ARCADIA, Wis.—The Mayo Clinic closed its hospital in Arcadia. Officials said the static population, limited demand and the cost of upkeep prompted the decision to close the 25-bed Franciscan Skemp Healthcare-Arcadia Campus, according to a news statement on the decision from the Mayo subsidiary. The hospital had two admitted patients a day and fewer than five emergency room patients, on average, according to Franciscan Skemp. Meanwhile, the facility requires up to $1 million a year for upkeep. Outpatient clinic and nursing home services continue at the location, a spokesman said. The regional system has also planned construction of a new clinic and is awaiting approval, he said.
TRENTON, Mo.—Wright Memorial Hospital will move into its $30 million replacement facility just outside the city of Trenton on April 12, according to a news release. The 25-bed hospital, which is part of St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., is a critical-access hospital. The replacement hospital is 60,000 square feet and includes digital mammography, a 64-slice CT scanner, two surgical suites and a 24/7 emergency department. Adjacent to the hospital is a 12,000-square-foot medical office building. Later this year, the hospital expects to add an electronic intensive-care unit that provides extra monitoring of patients as part of St. Luke's e-ICU system. In 2012, the hospital expects to have a complete EHR system in place.
GENEVA, Ill.—Two hospitals in Chicago's western suburbs completed a merger that was first announced in October. The still-to-be-named health system includes two hospitals—337-bed Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill., and 159-bed Delnor Hospital, Geneva. The hospitals will retain those names, according to a news release. The system will be governed by a 20-member board consisting of 10 directors from each hospital. Each hospital will maintain its own charitable foundation. Central DuPage's president and CEO, Luke McGuinness, has been named CEO of the new system. Thomas Wright, president and CEO of Delnor, will continue as president of the hospital and add the title of executive vice president of the system. Michael Vivoda is the new president of Central DuPage and also is an executive vice president of the system. Two other Central DuPage executives, Jim Spear and Liz Rosenberg, will serve as chief financial officer and executive vice president of strategy and administration, respectively, for the system.
STILLWATER, Minn.—HealthPartners completed its acquisition of Lakeview Health System, Stillwater. The deal, first announced last December, adds the 66-bed Lakeview Hospital to the three-hospital HealthPartners, based in Bloomington, Minn. Rick Robbins, a spokesman for Lakeview, said no cash was exchanged in the deal. Lakeview Health System will maintain a board with community members, Robbins said. HealthPartners, which also includes health plans, finished the first nine months of 2010 with operating income of $92.3 million on revenue of $2.7 billion, according to its most recent financial filings. For the year ended Sept. 30, 2009, the most recent figures publicly available, Lakeview Health reported a loss of nearly $292,000 on revenue of $99.7 million.
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