Hospital in Indiana Must Build New Facility or Close – Looking for a Loan
Posted Jul 12 2009 11:06pm
When you look at the picture here, you can see the issues with not having enough room. The hospital is hoping for voter approval to finance with a bond issue. It is also a training center, and by looking at the picture it looks like survival in cramped quarters is part of the menu too.
Remodeling is not an option as part of the hospital are over 90 years old. BD
At a news conference today, Wishard Health Services officials are expected to announce their plan to solve those problems: construction of a roughly $754 million hospital complex to be financed by bonds that require voter approval.
At stake, hospital officials argue, is a medical facility unlike any other in Central Indiana. It serves almost two-thirds of the uninsured hospital patients in Marion County, is an important training center for the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been recognized nationally for providing high-quality, low-cost care.
"Really, what we're looking at is we either build new or we close down," said Matt Gutwein, chief executive officer of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, which operates Wishard Memorial Hospital. "For the future, renovation is not an option for us to be able to meet the needs of the community."