Indianapolis Construction Update

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Chat addresses your questions about Indianapolis construction, Beech Grove campus

Welcome to our second St. Francis online chat with Chief Operating Officer Keith Jewell. Keith will answer your questions about the Indianapolis construction project and the possible future uses of St. Francis Hospital-Beech Grove after medical services are consolidated at the Indianapolis campus in early 2011. This program will continue until 1 p.m.

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33 comments:

Keith Jewell said...

Good afternoon. My name is Keith Jewell and I am chief operating officer at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers. I appreciate you taking the time to join me for today’s on-line chat to discuss our hospital’s ongoing consolidation project at Emerson Avenue and Stop 11 Road.

As you might recall, in 2007 we announced an ambitious plan to consolidate our inpatient and other services from our Beech Grove facilities to our Indianapolis campus. We hope to accomplish the overall project by early 2012.

For 95 years, St. Francis has been a large part of the Beech Grove community – and we will continue to maintain a presence there after the project is completed.

We'll address as many questions as possible during today's online chat. Please post your questions in the "comments" section and refresh your page periodically to view responses. If you are with the news media, I would ask that you share with me your name and news organization when posting a question.

Finally, I invite you to visit http://indianapolis.stfrancishospitals.org. This site provides much background and updates about the project, including photos and videos.

Your views are important to us, and that is why St. Francis Hospital is hosting today’s chat. Again, I welcome you to this site and look forward to your questions.

Keith Jewell
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers

Keith Jewell said...

One of our questions sent in earlier was at what stage of completion is your Indianapolis construction. Currently, we are approximately 45 percent complete.

Phase 1 is expected to be complete in February 2011, and this will include the basement, first and second floor of the new bed tower.

Phase 2 will be completed by May of 2012. This will include the top four floors, which are primarily inpatient rooms.

At the same time, we are renovating some of our existing services and spaces within our Indianapolis campus. That work will begin this month.

Anonymous said...

What construction progress has been made since work resumed earlier this year?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Anonymous said...

Can you itemize what is in the basement, and first and second floors of the new tower?

Also, will there be any difference between inpatient care in the new tower and what's available now in Beech Grove?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Jounral

Anonymous said...

Does the new construction have any "green" aspects?

Keith Jewell said...

Joseph, since work resumed last year, we have finished enclosing the building. Inside, we've begun putting metal studs and drywall on the basement, first and second floors, and we've finalized all of the design work associated with renovations at the Indianapolis campus.

Since work resumed, we have also started designing an 80,000 square foot cancer center. We're planning to break ground on the cancer center expansion this summer, with an expected completion date of May 2012.

During our construction slowdown last year, we had 50 people working on the project. Today, we have more than 300 people employed on the project.

Anonymous said...

As far as the renovations go, can you talk about specifically what will be renovated and why?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Anonymous said...

Overall, is the project on budget so far?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Anonymous said...

Why is the main entrance being moved?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Keith Jewell said...

On the basement, first and second floors of the building, you will find:

Basement:
central sterile
security
respiratory therapy
information technology
auditorium
nursing informatics

First floor:
main lobby
emergency department
registration
observation unit
wound care
nursing administration

Second floor:
surgery
recovery
cafeteria

Keith Jewell said...

anon12:12, thank you for joining us today.

We are including several "green" ideas in construction of the new Bed Tower at Indianapolis. Some of the things we are doing include:
• Rooftop gardens that are planned in such a way as to reduce energy for cooling.
• Central chillers have been specified as high efficiency units.
• We are using high efficiency T5 lighting as well as LED Exit signs and LED Surgery lights.
• Select areas have occupancy sensors for lighting.
• "Clean" steam (no chemicals) is used to humidify the building.
• Plumbing fixtures are low water consumption units.
• Storm water is collected in retention ponds and reused for irrigation.

Joe, we're getting to the rest of your questions as fast as we can.

ameylu said...

What will be done with the current main lobby of the Indianapolis campus? Will it too get renovated or updated as a part of this construction project?

Anonymous said...

What can patients expect from the cancer center expansion? Will any doctors, specialists or staff be added as a result and how many if so? How will that expansion enhance capacity? Will it make any new services possible or is it all about increased capacity?
What exactly will be included as part of that project? Can you talk briefly about why it's needed?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Anonymous said...

When will tours be available?

Keith Jewell said...

All inpatient services currently at Beech Grove will transfer to the Indianapolis campus by May of 2012. We will be adding a new unit, called our observation unit, which is for monitoring and caring for patients while we assess the need for inpatient stays.

Keith Jewell said...

The project is on budget.

Anonymous said...

Is it known what the total annual savings would be on utility bills as a result of green features such as the rooftop gardens? If not, is there a ballpark percentage of the estimated savings? Also, will those gardens consist mostly of indigenous plant species that require little water and care?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Anonymous said...

Could you speak about prospects for sale of and/or continued presence of SFHHC at the current Beech Grove Campus?

Anonymous said...

Can you provide more specifics about the observation unit? How would it be arranged and staffed and what should patients expect there? How many square feet and where exactly will it be located?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Keith Jewell said...

The Indianapolis campus currently has several points of entry, including Women's services, Heart Center, ambulatory services and Emergency Services. None of those entrances will move, with the exception of the Emergency Department.

We offer several points of access to assist patients in quickly getting to the services they need.

The emergency department is the only entrance that will be relocated. While a "main entrance" is being constructed, it will add an additional point of entry and not replace other entrances to our hospital.

Keith Jewell said...

We've gotten several questions regarding the renovations at the Indianapolis campus.

The existing Emergency Department, after the move, will be renovated for a new pharmacy and several support departments.

The laboratory and imaging departments are both being expanded to accomodate the increased need from our consolidation. That work begins this month.

The existing surgery department will be renovated to house our endoscopy department, and our existing endoscopy department will be incorporated into the space for interventional radiology.

Our cafeteria will be converted to human resources, administration and surgery waiting areas.

Keith Jewell said...

anon12:26, thank you for your question about the future of the Beech Grove campus.

Last year, St. Francis had been in discussions with Delamore Companies. However, as the recession deepened, the prospects of Delamore obtaining the capital for the purchase were greatly diminished. At this time we are not involved in active discussions with any particular developer.

We are however, working closely with the city of Beech Grove to evaluate possible redevelopment at its highest and best purposes. Potential uses include a multi-tenant, multi-function facility which could include a post acute care center, geriatric life center, skilled nursing, assisted living and/or inpatient rehab. It could potentially also contain services which would serve as support to those functions, such as offices for internal medicine specialists, massage therapists, or more.

Keith Jewell said...

Joe, you pose an interesting question regarding utility savings. We added green features on our Mooresville expansion that opened in 2008 as well. While we know our green initiatives are the right thing for the environment, we don't have a dollar estimate on cost savings.

Keith Jewell said...

anon12:23, thank you for joining us. We look forward to hosting public open houses prior to the opening of our new facilities.

Our staff will be oriented to the new facility as the opening approached.

You can also take a virtual tour of the construction as it stands this winter at http://indianapolis.stfrancishospitals.org/2010/02/construction-tour.html.

Anonymous said...

Are the renovations expected to be completed before the new construction is? What's the timeline?

How much will capacity increase at the labratory and imaging departments?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Anonymous said...

Will there be a gap or overlap between when Beech Grove closes and the new Indianapolis tower opens? How will the phase-in work and how long will it take?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Keith Jewell said...

Our new cancer center will include an 60,000 square foot addition to our existing 20,000 square foot cancer center.

Today, the cancer center at the Indianapolis campus is composed of radiation therapy and medical oncology. Our expansion will include a comprehensive cancer research department, a comprehensive breast center, medical offices for breast surgeons and gynecologic oncology surgeons, an outpatient bone marrow transplant clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic, a stem-cell laboratory, a histocompatability laboratory, and a tripling of the medical oncology capacity. We are also putting in an "appearances center," where patients can purchase wigs and other prosthetics, which is important to the healing and well-being of the patients we serve.

In anticipation of the cancer center's opening, we have been adding services in recent years, including gynecologic oncologists, breast surgeons and medical oncologists.

At the same time, we will have two inpatient units dedicated to the care of cancer patients.

We're honored to be able to serve a growing number of patients who are entrusting their care to us at such a vulnerable time in their lives.

Anonymous said...

What are the projected annual operational savings from closing Beech Grove and consolidating?

Also, though this is a consolidation, will any new jobs be created anywhere at the Indianapolis campus as a result of any of the various projects?

Joseph Pete
Johnson County Daily Journal

Keith Jewell said...

We will not close the Beech Grove campus before the Indianapolis bed tower opens.

Our services will transition gradually over the next two years, beginning in 2011 with wound care, nursing administration and other services. Additional details were outlined in an earlier response.

Keith Jewell said...

Currently, we have 300 construction jobs actively working on the project. That number is expected to grow as we break ground on the cancer center earlier this summer.

Keith Jewell said...

The observation unit will be a 14-bed unit located on the first floor adjacent to the emergency room.

Today, patients receive observation care on the existing inpatient units.

When our new facility opens, we plan to locate those patients in one area in an effort to provide an expedited evaluation of their illness to more quickly determine whether they can return home or require an inpatient stay.

Keith Jewell said...

All areas essential to patient care will be renovated and ready for occupancy by May of 2012.

Certain administrative and support areas will not be complete until the end of 2012.

Keith Jewell said...

I would like to thank you for taking the time from your lunch hour and day to participate in this discussion about St. Francis’ ongoing project and the future of health care in the greater Indianapolis area. We truly believe we are building your health care future.

We will plan on another chat in the future. In the meantime, if you have questions about our construction, you can e-mail us through our Web site at www.StFrancisHospitals.org, or visit our construction blog at http://stfrancis-indianapolis.blogspot.com.