Indianapolis Construction Update

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beech Grove gift shop set for closure April 6

The Gift Shop at Beech Grove will remain open, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through April 6.

Please share this information with your patients, visitors and staff. The facility will close after that date.

Outpatient services remaining at Beech Grove for now

With the transition of all inpatient care services nears completed, certain outpatient services will remain at Beech Grove:

Laboratory at the West Entrance will remain open Monday through Friday (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to noon).

Radiology (including CT, USN and general X-ray only) will remain open Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Physical Therapy, Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

These services will remain at the Beech Grove campus for the forseeable future until the hospital identifies a new location (s) in Beech Grove later in 2012.

Employee, visitor parking guidelines at Indy campus

Parking is provided to hospital employees at all of our campuses. However, employees are encouraged to exercise caution when parking their vehicles and exiting the lots to prevent personal injuries to others and damage to parked vehicles.

NO PARKING signs must be observed; violators may be towed at the owner’s expense. Security officers are in charge of the parking areas and will assist you if a need should arise.

Officers also are available to enforce the hospital traffic and parking regulations. Employees using the parking areas must secure a parking sticker for their cars from Security. Parking stickers should be displayed on the windshield of the driver's side.

“The prime spots should remain available for patients and visitors,” says Security Director Rich Witmer. “There are several employee parking areas at the Indianapolis campus, all marked clearly with yellow striping. Spaces marked with white striping is for visitors."

The entire campus is served by shuttle buses, which operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. They may be boarded at one of the shuttle shelters, or by calling 416-8725. Questions and concerns should be directed to Security at 528-5304.

New Indianapolis campus maps available

New Indianapolis Campus maps are now available for ordering through the hospital Print Shop. The following maps are available in pads of 50: Cancer Center, Heart Center, Main entrance/Patient tower, Outpatient Center and Women's Center.
These multi-page maps are also available for order through the Print Shop: Staff/Physician Maps and Full Campus Guide
To order:
  • Visit the Quick Links section on CROSS and click on "Print Shop Orders."
  • Select "Maps" under "Form Type" then click on "Search for Forms."
  • To preview a map before you order it, click on the map name in bold.
To order a set of maps from the print shop, choose "Order Forms from the Print Shop" to the right of the name of the desired map.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis to open Immediate Care Center near Beech Grove

Medical services slated to relocate from Washington Square

BEECH GROVE, Ind. -- Residents here and on the near south side of Indianapolis will soon have a new health care option with Immediate Care Center-Thompson Commons.

The Center, located at 5210 E. Thompson Road (near Interstate 465 and Emerson Ave.), will open Tuesday, March 27, offering services seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The facility is relocating from its present location at 992 North Mitthoeffer Road at Washington Square, which closes 11 p.m., Monday, March 26.

ICC-Thompson Commons provides urgent care treatment by physicians – without an appointment – for illnesses and injuries, including diagnostic imaging and lab services. The facility features six exam rooms and two treatment rooms, and is staffed by 14 medical assistants, X-ray technicians and management.

“Immediate Care Centers offer accessible, economical medical care to patients, particularly for those with minor accidents and illnesses who don’t require a visit to a hospital emergency room,” said Robert J. Brody, president and chief executive officer for Franciscan St. Francis Health, which acquired ICC operations in the Indianapolis area in late 2010.

In addition to its new location, ICC operates facilities at 1001 N. Madison Ave. (Greenwood), 650 N. Girls School Road (Chapel Hill), and 860 E. 86th St. (Nora).

“Together with Franciscan St. Francis, we are committed to provide mission-based compassionate care to families in Beech Grove and the many communities we serve,” said Michael D. Bishop, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Immediate Care Centers.

ICC-Thompson Commons is located near Franciscan St. Francis’ newly expanded hospital at 8111 S. Emerson Ave. Patients in the area have other health care alternatives, including:

  • Beech Grove After-Hours Clinic, 2030 Churchman Ave., in the offices of St. Francis Medical Group Beech Grove Family Medicine.
  • Indy South After-Hours Clinic, 7855 S. Emerson Ave., Suite P, in the offices of St. Francis Medical Group Southport Family and Sports Medicine.

The After-Hours Clinics are open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Launched in 1981 by the Bloomington, Ind.-based Unity Physician Group, the four Immediate Care Centers collectively see about 100,000 patients each year. Each facility is always staffed by at least one physician and a highly trained staff committed to service excellence.

To learn more about ICC, visit More information about Franciscan St. Francis Health is at

Friday, March 9, 2012

Beech Grove entries, access hours to change

Changes are on the horizon at the Beech Grove campus immediately after the Emergency Department turns off the lights 7 a.m., Friday, March 16. The north side entrance to that area will be permanently closed. The hours of access to the Beech Grove building also will change after March 16. Visitors will not be permitted to enter between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The main entrance, which will be staffed by security personnel, will be open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the week to accommodate visitors. Employees may enter there also, as well as through the double doors linking the Medical Arts Building to the hospital.

The primary entrance for outpatients seeking services, and visitors to Select Specialty Hospital, will be the west entrance facing Sherman Drive. Outpatient Rehab customers will continue to use the entrance on the north side of the hospital just across the street from the old Emergency Department parking lot.

Good to Go: Friday, March 9

Following units and/or equipment are scheduled for relocation to Franciscan St. Francis-Indianapolis from our Beech Grove hospital today:

Sleep DME (Medical Office Building)

Pharmacy-Surgery/Crash Cart Trays (Former ED)

Lab Offices, Analyzer (Outpatient, 2nd floor)

Neurology (Tower, 6th)

Pre-Registration (Tower, 1st)

Patient Access (Tower, 1st)

IBMT (Cancer Center, 105)

IBMT Administration (Cancer Center 207)

Stem Cell (Cancer Center 210)

HLA Lab (Cancer Center 211)

BG Infusion Clinic (Former ED)

IR Omnicell (Tower, 1st)

Pre-Admission Testing (Outpatient, 1st)

BG Surgery (Tower, 2nd)

AIRU Admissions Coordinator (Tower, 6th)

Pre-Op Clinic (Outpatient, 1st)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

On the Move: Thursday, March 8

Following units and/or equipment are scheduled for relocation to Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis today:

Spiritual care (Patient Tower, 1st floor, near main lobby)

Equipment technicians, ortho equipment (Tower basement , CDR)

Education administration (Tower, 1st)

Joint/Spine, PCCs (Tower, 6th)

Adult Inpatient Rehab Unit (Tower, 6th)

PCCs- Adult Inpatient Rehab Unit (Tower, 6th)

PCCs-Geriatric (Tower, 5th)

PCCs-Post surgical (Tower, 3rd)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Our Mission Continues to Embrace the Health Care Future

Relationships often begin with a simple invitation. That is exactly how it began not long after the turn of the 20th century when clergy at the fledgling Holy Name Catholic Church and local citizens recognized there was a definitive need for a hospital in Beech Grove. They looked northward, far beyond Indianapolis’ city limits, and invited the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration to consider the possibilities.

Two Sisters made the trip by horse-drawn buggy from the St. Francis Convent in Lafayette in 1909. They met with Monsignor Peter Killian of Holy Name Catholic Church and looked at several parcels of land before selecting a site at the corner of Troy Avenue and Sherman Drive.

Together, the Sisters and Beech Grove got to work. By 1913, hammers were pounding, scaffolds were lifting steel and other materials, and it became clear that workers were involved in something much more than a bricks-and-mortar

In early 2007, we announced the consolidation of inpatient services and other clinical and support programs at Beech Grove to our Indianapolis campus at Emerson Avenue and Stop 11 Road. That campus – only seven miles away from Beech Grove – has been in operation since 1995. It was not an easy decision to make, but the reality was clear: Combining the two hospitals would enable us to operate more efficiently and strengthen our ability to deliver a level of care all of our patients deserve. project. They were building the healthcare future for Beech Grove. One year later, St. Francis Hospital – a fully modern medical facility – was opened to the public.

This transition has been under way for more than a year and it will reach its zenith on March 16, when all inpatient services will be in place at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

Our healthcare ministry continues to be embodied in our Franciscan values: Respect for life, Fidelity to our mission, Compassionate concern, Joyful service and Christian stewardship. These are the cornerstones of our mission. And these are the bedrocks on which our commitment is built on to respond to, shape and build the healthcare future for the people we serve.

Understandably, this is an emotional time for many Beech Grove residents and for our staff, many of whom have called the 1600 Albany Street “home” for decades.

For nearly a century, the hospital and its people have forged an endearing relationship with Beech Grove. The walls of

the hospital echo more than just history; they resound with the cycle of life. It is a place where newborns took their first breaths. Where healing, comfort and compassion were extended. A place of shared laughter, tears and prayers. Where new friendships forged and careers launched. And, yes, a place where earthly lives have ended.

It has been our privilege, pleasure and point of pride to have cared for generations in Beech Grove. We have grown together and shared much. We have been good neighbors.

As the Sisters were invited to begin a healthcare ministry in Beech Grove, we invite the people of this community to continue to accompany us on that journey for years to come.

Robert J. Brody

President and CEO

Sister Marlene Shapley

Vice President of Mission Services