Merger planned for two local hospitals

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS, (WISH)—A merger is coming for two prominent hospitals. But not the one that’s been in the news lately.

At midnight on June 30, The Emergency Department of University Hospital in Indianapolis will be merged into the Emergency Medicine center at Methodist Hospital, a few blocks away. Both are part of the IU Health network.

Whitney Ertel, Director of Public Relations told 24-Hour News 8 hospital managers have been planning this for awhile. She said the consolidation will make the delivery of care more efficient.

Ertel said, in preparation for the move, IU Health has alerted ambulance drivers and others in the Emergency Medical community. They’ve also alerted hotels, in case any of their guests need emergency care. They’ve taken a variety of steps to be sure no one is surprised by the move.

Current patients also have been told of the change. Ertel said the ER at University Hospital sees about 15,000 people a year. Most go there, she said, because they are already patients of doctors at University Hospital. A command center will be created to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

Ertel said the Emergency Department at University Hospital employs about 30 people. She said they will join the Methodist Hospital staff. So, she said no jobs lost.

IU Health said University Hospital will continue to admit patients who need more than emergency medical care.

The news of this consolidation comes as IU Health considers a merger of both hospitals.


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