The micro-hospital will be a central location for health services in the Center Grove area
Writer / Andi Robinson
The new Franciscan Health Stones Crossing micro-hospital has been a long-time coming. The hospital system, which has 14 current facilities in Central Indiana, has been looking for a good location in White River Township to build a new medical facility since 2000. The original intent was to build a medical office building to service the rapidly growing Center Grove area.
In 2013, it was determined that the State Road 135 corridor was an ideal location due to the surging population in unincorporated White River Township. In 2016, the decision was made to build a micro-hospital with emergency services in addition to a medical complex. The 108,000 square-foot facility will include 10 emergency room beds, 8 in-patient rooms as well as specialty clinics offering orthopedics, orthopedic sports medicine, breast care specialists and dermatology. It will also include a diagnostic imaging center, rehabilitation services, sports medicine, clinical lab services, family medicine and internal medicine physician offices, pediatrics clinic, and OBGYN physician offices.
According to Dr. Tim Nussbaum, a physician with Center Grove Family Medicine, whose offices will be in the new facility, this location is the center of distribution of where their patients are located – from Perry Township down to Trafalgar.
“Ninety percent of any time you interact with healthcare, you will be able to do at this building,” he says. “You will be able to see your primary care physician, get labs and x-rays, and specialists will be here at different times of the week so many of your consults will be able to be done here as well.”
Franciscan Health Stones Crossing will incorporate the long-standing principals of the Franciscan Health system that include providing a broad, coordinated continuum of health care services with an emphasis on improving the health of persons and communities. While technology has changed, it has been a long-time commitment of Franciscan Health to providing compassionate care to anyone who seeks treatment.
In addition to providing a central location for health services in the Center Grove area, Franciscan Health is hoping to use the micro-hospital as a place where people in the community can come together. There will be a cafeteria that is open to the public as well as a conference room that will be made available for community outreach programs and other outside groups.
According to Media Relations Manager Joe Stuteville, an important part of the existence of Franciscan Health facilities is to be a good neighbor and community partner in the communities where they are located.
Local resident Tom Pennington is looking forward to the new facility.
“It will be nice to have a hospital so close by,” he says. “It kind of reminds me of the hospitals you would have found in a little town years ago that had everything in one place.”
Franciscan Health Stones Crossing is expected to open in Winter of 2018. You can keep up with the progress on Facebook by searching for Franciscan Health Stones Crossing.