In Good Hands
Riverview Health Westfield Hospital’s Impressive Facility Will Offer Full Suite of Health Care Services
Photographer: Amy Payne
Riverview Health is wrapping up the final stages of construction for a full-service healthcare facility in Westfield, and CEO Seth Warren says the project is a response to both the rapidly growing population of Westfield and Indy’s northside generally.
“As we’ve noticed the growth occurring north of 146th Street and in Westfield in particular, we identified that as a growth market that we didn’t think had as much health care service as was necessary,” Warren says. “We wanted to enter into Westfield and serve that growing population, especially as (Highway) 31 has become a major thoroughfare to the south into downtown Indianapolis.”
Hospital officials originally planned to build an outpatient care center only, but by January of 2017 realized the timing was right to construct a hospital for inpatient and outpatient needs that would include an emergency room, a 16-bed inpatient unit, a pharmacy, lab services and more.
Leaders have planned for mid-September as the official opening of the first two floors of the facility, located at the northeast corner of US-31 and IN-32, and floors one and two will include an imaging center, a pharmacy with a drive-through window, surgery suites and the area’s first combined emergency care and urgent care wing.
“With the ER and urgent care center, we want to essentially take out the guesswork for the family member that’s trying to take care of their child, parent, spouse or whoever it might be,” explains Tammi Nash, Riverview Health Westfield’s executive director. “So they won’t have to be the one to triage and make the decision at home as to where to go. They can just come here and depending on the severity of illness or injury, the patient will get treated as urgent or emergent.”
The six-floor hospital will span 108,000 square feet when completed and will include three operating rooms, an orthopedics and sports medicine office, physical and occupational therapy services and a parking lot with more than 300 spaces. Warren says floors three through six will likely be open by the end of the year.
The total cost for construction of the hospital is approximately $55 million according to Warren. Riverview Health retained Indy-based American Structurepoint for project design and Summit Construction to build the physical structure. Riverview leaders decided to expand the scope of the hospital’s services during the construction phase resulting in a few delays along the way, and Nash says the decision has been worth the extra time.
“There’s so much that we can offer – we’ll have an employer clinic that will help with the Westfield Washington Schools and the Hamilton County and City of Westfield employees, and then our sports medicine center will be a help for all the sports injuries with Grand Park close by,” Nash says, adding that the Westfield staff will include both new hires as well as back-and-forth transfers between Riverview’s Westfield and Noblesville campuses. “It’s just exciting to get into the community and provide what it needs for health care.”
Riverview Health’s main campus spans 15 acres in Noblesville and was founded more than 100 years ago. The Riverview system includes locations in Carmel, Cicero, Fishers and Sheridan.
Warren says the community response to the Westfield project has been overwhelmingly positive from local residents, business leaders and elected officials. On Aug. 31, Riverview Health Westfield Hospital hosted an open house that saw a large crowd on hand to check out the facility.
“I think there’s an appreciation for the fact that we value the Westfield and surrounding areas, and that we’re making this major investment in the community,” he says.
Riverview Health Westfield Hospital is located at 17600 Shamrock Boulevard. For additional information, visit riverview.org.