Thursday, March 8, 2007

A Reason Not to Live in Beech Grove?

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers will stop offering inpatient services at its Beech Grove hospital and consolidate those services at its Indianapolis campus on the city's south side.

As IBJ reported in January, St. Francis had filed paperwork with Marion County to expand onto 30 acres near its Indianapolis campus on South Emerson Avenue. Today (8 March), St. Francis said it would build a five-story, 206-bed inpatient facility by 2010. The expansion also will include a larger and relocated emergency department, better imaging facilities and equipment, additional operating rooms and 1,000 extra parking spaces.

What happens to the Beech Grove campus is unclear, reports the IBJ. St. Francis said it is working with city planners and community leaders, including Beech Grove Mayor Joe Wright, to craft a plan to redevelop it within Beech Grove's Better, Brighter Beech Grove initiative. St. Francis said it would continue to operate either existing or new outpatient facilities in Beech Grove.

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