A Billion-Dollar Boost

A Billion-Dollar Boost

Indiana’s Medical Industry is Accelerating
By Nick Dmitrovich

Indiana’s medical industry has been experiencing a considerable wave of new construction projects this year, with multi-million dollar plans being implemented all over the state. Normally, Building Indiana would select two of these projects to detail in our regular construction feature, but given that so much activity is taking place, we thought it would be interesting to present our readers with a compilation of highlights.

It’s been reported that roughly a billion dollars in health care construction projects are underway, or will soon begin, in Indiana in the very near future (Revista, 2015). Each of these projects share several common threads – they all include major economic development potential, new treatment options for patients, and new employment opportunities for hundreds of Hoosiers. The major takeaway from all of this news is that Indiana’s medical industry – already regarded as one of the strongest in the country – is moving forward at a rapid pace.


$233 Million – Michigan City
Project: New Franciscan St. Anthony Health Hospital
Owner: Franciscan Alliance
Architect: CannonDesign
General Contractor: Tonn and Blank Construction

Ground has been broken on the new Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City location at Interstate 94 and U.S. 421. The new building is scheduled to open in 2018 on the 86-acre site and cost approximately $233 million. It will have 108 inpatient beds, in addition to those that will remain at the current Homer Street location, which will retain some services and which has served the community since 1904. The new facility also will have the latest in technology and equipment in the cath lab and operating rooms.

Dean Mazzoni, hospital president and chief executive officer, said, “Since the hospital’s earliest days and up to now, thousands of patients and their families have been helped through some of the most difficult and joyous times of their lives and thousands more will continue to be assisted by our highly skilled and caring physicians, nurses and support staffs.”

Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City





$235 Million – Indianapolis
Projects: Community Hospital East & Community Hospital North
Owner: Community Health Network
Architect (East project): TEG and RTKL
General Contractor (East project): Pepper Construction Group
Architect (North project): RTKL
General Contractor (North project): Meyer Najem Construction

Mid-way through last year, Community Health Network announced two new large building projects in Indianapolis, totaling nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. Both of those projects have broken ground, and construction is currently underway. Company officials have stated that $175 million will be invested to develop a new hospital on the campus of Community Hospital East, and an additional $60 million will be used to establish a new cancer center at Community Hospital North.

“At Community Hospital East, we realized building a new hospital for the future was, in the end, a better avenue than renovating antiquated buildings meant for a different time in our history. At Community Hospital North, increases in patient volume dictated the need for a new cancer center. Our commitment to Indianapolis remains strong,” said Bryan Mills, President and CEO of Community Health Network.

The Community Hospital East project includes the demolition of four buildings on the campus, the establishment of a new hospital tower housing inpatient and procedural rooms, and the relocation of the company’s Family Medicine Center from 10th and Mithoeffer to the campus at 1500 N. Ritter. Also, a new emergency department will be constructed at the back of the hospital. The anticipated completion of the Community Hospital East project is 2019.

The Community Hospital North project involves the establishment of a three-story, 104,000 square foot facility that will be built south of Community Heart and Vascular Hospital along Shadeland Avenue. It will feature elements that create a home-like atmosphere. The cancer center will also feature wellness facilities, quiet workspaces, public Wi-Fi, a knowledge center, and a nature garden. Construction on the new Community Cancer Center North is expected to be complete in early 2017.

Community Cancer Center NORTH Community Hospital EAST project






$135 Million – Newburgh
Project: Gateway Hospital Expansion
Owner: Deaconess Health System
Architect & General Contractor not publicly announced.

Deaconess Health System has recently announced a major, $135 million expansion plan for Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. More than 200 new jobs are expected as a result of this expansion, and hospital officials have stated that construction is anticipated to be complete in spring of 2018.

The hospital has experienced a significant increase in demand in recent years, which has even led to patients being turned away due to the hospital being at capacity. To address this need, hospital officials have outlined an expansion plan that encompasses four projects on the Warrick County Campus: a new six-story orthopedic/neuroscience specialty hospital, and the establishment of a new medical office building, attached parking garage, and a modernized energy center to power the hospital’s new additions.

The orthopedic/neuroscience specialty hospital will be housed in a new 215,000 square foot, six-story tower built on the North side of Deaconess Gateway Hospital. Treatment options at the new building will include interventional, medical, and surgical services as well as diagnostic imaging, therapy, research, and education.

The medical office building will encompass 100,000-square-feet of space inside a new five-story tower adjacent to the Gateway Professional Building. Deaconess Clinic physician offices and related services such as laboratory and imaging will be located there. The new multi-story parking garage will connect to the medical office building and the hospital, allowing for ease of access for patients and visitors.

At the time of this publication, the construction partners for the Gateway Hospital project had not been publicly announced.






$30 Million – Columbus
Project: ER Expansion, New Cancer Center, and more
Owner: Columbus Regional Hospital
Architect: BSA LifeStructures
General Contractor: Pepper Construction Group

Numerous upgrades to Columbus Regional Hospital are currently underway, as part of $30 million worth of ongoing projects. Officials from Pepper Construction, general contractor for the project, detailed that upgrades to the hospital include adding 29,000 square feet of emergency department space, with vertical expansion capability, a 9,400-square-foot cancer center expansion and an 8,000-square-foot loading dock building with an underground tunnel to the existing hospital. The project also includes renovations to the existing hospital space.

Construction on the newly expanded Cancer Center, which began in late 2014, is now complete. The new space offers an extended waiting area, new, larger chemotherapy treatment bays, a bigger pharmacy and the addition of two more private patient rooms for exams or treatments. Also, two new radiation oncologists have been added to the staff, offering patients a broader range of cancer treatment options.

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$48 Million – Brownsburg
Project: New ER and Outpatient Center
Owner: Hendricks Regional Health
Architect: BSA LifeStructures
General Contractor: Wurster Construction

Hendricks Regional Health has secured a location in Brownsburg for its new $48 million emergency room and outpatient center. More than 110 jobs are predicted to be created at the facility. The new 100,000 square-foot building will be constructed near Interstate 74 and Ronald Reagan Parkway, and should be complete by the end of 2017.

Hendricks Regional Health President & CEO Kevin Speer said, “The timing is right to more fully enhance our services in this area and invest in a significant project that will benefit the community. We value the support that we have received from town officials and look forward to bringing this project to fruition.”

The facility will include an emergency room and immediate care center, laboratory and radiology services, a comprehensive women’s center, physical rehabilitation, physician offices, a retail pharmacy, specialty clinic and additional retail space. Hendricks Regional’s medical office building in Brownsburg will remain open to service the south side of the city and the northwest side of Avon.

Hendricks Regional Health Rendering