Road Work Near Facility May Cost $6 Million

Road Work Near Facility May Cost $6 Million

Road Work Near Facility May Cost $6 Million

September 15, 2007—Paraphrased Article from The Fishers Star

By: John Tuohy

Indianapolis Colts players probably aren't clamoring to have their names slapped on the newest St. Vincent Hospital facility planned for Exit 10 in Fishers.

But hospital officials say, although its new emergency center lacks the cachet of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, it's just as valuable.

"Fishers is growing so fast that it is important that we provide service there," said Vince Caponi, chief executive officer of St. Vincent Health.

The 24-hour emergency department -- which won't be connected to a hospital -- is the first of its kind in Indiana. Patients will be treated for broken bones, concussions, even heart attacks, and will be transferred if they need to stay in a traditional hospital. With the population booming in Hamilton County and Fishers, the choice to put a low-grade trauma center in the area was obvious, Caponi said.

The Fishers Town Council next week is expected to approve an ordinance to borrow $6 million to pay for road and infrastructure repairs near the emergency center. To do so, the town will designate the area as a tax increment financing district, an economic tool that pours the taxes generated by new business back into upgrading the streets and sewers around it.

Construction around Exit 10 is booming, spearheaded by the 750-acre Saxony development, a plan to construct 1 million square feet of retail space and 3.5 million square feet of office and industrial space.

The emergency center will be 120,000 square feet on 26.6 acres between Greenfield Avenue and I-69. It will provide other services, as well, including orthopedic surgery and physical therapy; X-rays; and women's and children's care.