Indianapolis Construction Update

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Media weigh in on construction news

Recent headlines on the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services' decision to ramp up construction at the Indianapolis campus include:

WIBC: Indianapolis Hospital Calls Off Expansion Halt
Sept. 26, 2009
An Indianapolis hospital is going ahead with a $260 million expansion project that it said six months ago it was halting.

Indianapolis Star: St. Francis Hospital resumes expansion project
Sept. 25, 2009
In a sign the economy is rebounding, St. Francis Hospital and Health Center is resuming construction of a $265 million expansion at its Far-Southside hospital.

Inside Indiana Business: St. Francis to Resume Construction Project
Sept. 25, 2009
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is resuming a normal construction schedule on an inpatient bed tower at its Indianapolis campus.

Indianapolis Business Journal: St. Francis resumes work on $265M project
Sept. 24, 2009
With its financial performance exceeding expectations, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers will resume construction on a $265 million, 221-bed patient tower at its Indianapolis campus, the hospital system announced Thursday.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Indianapolis construction project picks up pace

St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is moving ahead again on the construction of an inpatient bed tower at its campus on the far south side of Indianapolis.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce construction is resuming with the St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis campus consolidation project,” said Robert J. Brody, president and chief executive officer. “Construction had been delayed because of the turbulent economic environment. Though at the time, the delay was disappointing, it was determined that a fiscally conservative approach was most appropriate.

“Today the situation has improved,” Brody added. “After careful and ongoing evaluation of key economic indicators and the financial performance of the hospital, the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Board of Trustees voted to resume the project at full steam ahead. We are most grateful for the board’s confidence and support.”

St. Francis officials last March announced the postponement of the project until there were visible signs of an improved economy.

“Throughout these past long months of unprecedented economic challenges, the dedication, stewardship and loyalty of our St. Francis family has been a guiding and stabilizing influence in our ability to respond positively to the environment while continuing to move our mission forward,” said Chief Operating Officer Keith Jewell, who has been overseeing much of the project since its inception in 2007.

Although considerably slowed, the work never did come to a standstill. In recent months, much of the exterior of the bed tower has been finished and some windows and framing put in place.Tonn and Blank Construction of Indianapolis and Michigan City is performing the work.

New features and additions included in the consolidation are:

  • 221 inpatient beds in the six-story bed tower (177 medical-surgical, 30 intensive care, 14 observation)
  • New and renovated outpatient surgery area, adding 10 new suites, and a cafĂ© near the waiting area
  • New and expanded emergency department with 68 treatment rooms, a satellite laboratory, CT scan and ultrasound rooms-- New pharmacy area and expanded lab services
  • Expanded imaging services
  • Areas for nursing administration, medical staff offices, medical staff library and respiratory therapy
  • New hyberbaric chamber used for wound care
  • New cafeteria
  • New main entrance located on the east side of the facility

More than 1,600 new parking spaces already have been added at the hospital campus.

The consolidation is part of an overall plan to migrate inpatient and other services from St. Francis-Beech Grove to the Indianapolis hospital.