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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Carmel short-stay hospital opens this month; open house planned April 28

CARMEL, Ind. – Franciscan St. Francis Health is opening an innovative short-stay medical center this month in Hamilton County, offering patients a range of inpatient and outpatient services that are conveniently located and quick and easy to access.

A public open house will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, located in the North Meridian Medical Pavilion at 12188-B N. Meridian St. Entrance is off Illinois Street between 116th Street and Carmel Drive.

The open house will include tours of the new facility, refreshments, entertainment and giveaways. Scavenger hunts for both children and adults will provide the opportunity to learn more about the hospital and the chance to win valuable prizes, including a night in downtown Indianapolis with dinner at historic St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, a carriage ride and a night at the JW Marriot hotel; an evening in Carmel with dinner at a premier Carmel restaurant and a show at the Palladium; or a family package with memberships to Conner Prairie and the Indianapolis Zoo.

The development of Franciscan St. Francis Health – Carmel responds to years of requests by north side physicians and patients for a Franciscan St. Francis hospital with multiple health services in one facility, close to home. With onsite imaging, surgery and laboratory services, as well as orthopedics, physical therapy, oncology and primary care, patients have the flexibility of health care that fits their busy schedules.

“Franciscan St. Francis Health—Carmel represents a new model in the delivery of health care,” said Robert J. Brody, St. Francis president and chief executive officer. “It exemplifies what we believe will be the health center of the future, which is likely to be smaller, less expensive to build and operate, and more flexible in services provided.”

The hospital’s first and second levels include an inpatient unit, inpatient and outpatient surgical suites, a comprehensive imaging center, cardiac testing, physical therapy, oncology infusion therapy and other clinical services.

The third level will house additional clinical and office space for Franciscan St. Francis Medical Group as well as independent medical practices, including American Health Network’s Carmel practice.

“Franciscan St. Francis Health is extending our nationally recognized health care to Indianapolis’ north side with the opening of our new hospital in Carmel,” said Keith Jewell, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Franciscan St. Francis. “We are excited to bring together this innovative and unique Franciscan Alliance model of medical care to Carmel and surrounding communities.”

As part of the 13-hospital Franciscan Alliance health-care system, the Carmel location creates a convenient continuum of care for current and future patients and provides a closer access point to Franciscan Alliance hospitals and facilities in Indianapolis, Mooresville, Beech Grove, Plainfield, Lafayette and Crawfordsville, Jewell said.