Medical Hot Spot

Medical Hot Spot

Medical Hot Spot

September 27, 2007—Paraphrased Article from Indianapolis Star

By: Chris Sikich

Rain didn’t stop the groundbreaking ceremony for St. Vincent’s new emergency center at I-69’s Exit 10 in Fishers. Nor did it stop the nearly 200 people that showed up to welcome the new St. Vincent Medical Center Northeast. Sister Lucille Beauchamp of the Daughters of Charity and a St. Vincent board member said “it’s truly a great day…and she even thanked God for the rain.

The state’s first stand-alone emergency center will be on 26 acres on the Fishers side of the interstate. Gary Fammartino, senior vice president of ambulatory and outpatient services for St. Vincent Hospital, said he can’t wait to see steel rising out of the ground and noted the heavy traffic in the area makes it a great spot for St. Vincent.

Work began in August for the building, which is planned to be ready for occupancy by September 1, 2008. There is also planned a second phase that includes a hospital with 100-150 beds and a third phase including a medical office building.

Vincent Caponi, president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent Health, said the campus will help serve the growing communities of Hamilton and southern Madison County. Don Dunbar, the group’s regional executive vice president, said they have invested $30 million into the project.

St. Vincent isn’t the only health provider moving to Exit 10. Clarian Health Network has 95 acres in the 750-acre Saxony, just south of the St. Vincent site. Clarian will be taking the place of the Deer Creek Shops, a strip mall that opened in 1994 but failed to gain traction.

Ground breaking for Clarian will be in late spring on a health campus that will include a fitness center, sleep center, urgent care and imaging center, sports medicine service and doctor’s offices, said Clarian spokesman Jon Mills. Clarian hasn’t ruled out a future hospital.

Community Health Network also has a pavilion on its 24-acre site within the Saxony development. The 50,000 square foot building is nearly 70% full said Jon Fohrer, Community Health Network vice president for the ambulatory division. He also said that there is room for 120,000-140,000 more square feet on their parcel.

It’s unique to have three major providers so close said Republic Developments Rick Arnos. “We knew there was going to be a medical component, but we didn’t know how big it would be,” he said.