• Poseyville Regional Cities Project Set For Ribbon Cutting

    State and local officials will Thursday afternoon cut the ribbon on a project in Poseyville supported by Regional Cities Initiative funding. The Poseyville Medical Foundation Inc. has completed work on the $700,000 Regional Medical Center, for which the state contributed more than $135,000.

  • (Rendering courtesy Franciscan Health)

    Construction Set to Begin on Johnson County Micro-Hospital

    Franciscan Health officials will break ground Thursday on a planned $50 million micro-hospital and health complex in Greenwood. The facility will include an emergency room and outpatient services. The new Johnson County location will be near the fast-growing Bargersville and Center Grove areas. The three-story, 108,000 square-foot facility will feature eight inpatient rooms, emergency exam space, as well as imaging services and lab capabilities.

  • The program involves a three-year nursing program at Taylor University, followed by a 14-month program at IWU.

    Taylor, IWU Partner on Nursing Program

    Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University are partnering on a nursing program. The schools say the cooperative effort will allow students to earn two bachelor's degrees in four years at a similar cost to earning a single four-year degree. The program involves a three-year nursing program at Taylor University, followed by a 14-month concentrated nursing training program at IWU. The schools say students will gain experience in a variety of allied health professions and...

  • The 2015 cyberattack resulted in the theft of the personal information of 78.8 million people.

    Anthem Reaches $115M Data Breach Settlement

    Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) has reached a $115 million settlement agreement over the 2015 data breach involving nearly 80 million people. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit say the agreement, if approved by the court, would be the largest data breach settlement in history. The settlement fund would be used to provide those affected by the breach with at least two years of credit monitoring or reimburse those who are already enrolled.

  • Roche HIV Testing Technique Lands FDA Approval

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a Premarket Approval Application for a new HIV testing technique developed by Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. The company says the technique could increase the likelihood of early detection of HIV infection. 

  • CEO Maggie Galloway says the company's technology is born out of a need identified by an emergency physician.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Woman-Owned Device Company on a Roll

    Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Chief Executive Officer Maggie Galloway took top prize at the recent Winner's Circle competition at inX3 in Indianapolis. The startup develops controllable suction technology designed for breathing tube procedures. Galloway says the first device will be fully-launched in September with the goal of "getting this device in every hospital around the world."

  • Insurers Anthem, MDwise Leaving Indiana Exchange

    The Indiana health insurance marketplace will have two fewer providers next year. Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and MDwise Marketplace, also in Indianapolis, announced they will not be offering individual plans in Indiana through the federally-subsidized Affordable Care Act exchanges next year. In statements, both cited instability in the individual market.

  • Dozens Considered OurHealth Investment

    The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based OurHealth says 100 different private equity investors reached out before the on-site and near-site clinic provider selected a San Francisco firm for a $37 million round of funding. The investment will boost OurHealth's national footprint and is expected to create nearly 500 jobs, almost half of which will be in its home city. The new positions will be in the field, as well as in marketing, business development and technology.

  • (rendering courtesy Franciscan Health)

    Franciscan to Open Micro-Hospital in Greenwood

    Franciscan Health has announced plans for a $50 million micro-hospital in Johnson County. The Franciscan Health Stones Crossing facility will include an emergency center and outpatient medical complex that the health system says will provide many of the same services offered at its Indianapolis and Mooresville locations, but on a smaller scale.

  • Turnstone is receiving more than $100,000 for its recreation programs and $1 million to help with its "Big Dream" project.

    AWS Grants to Help Hoosiers With Disabilities

    The AWS Foundation in Fort Wayne has awarded more than $1.5 million to 19 nonprofits that serve people with disabilities. The largest grant went to Turnstone for youth sports, recreation and wellness programs. Fort Wayne, IN - The AWS Foundation recently awarded $1,514,122 in grants to 19 non-profit organizations that benefit individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities in Northeast Indiana.

  • Julie Burns (photo courtesy Jump IN for Healthy Kids)

    New Jump IN CEO Sets Focus on Health in Schools

    The new chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Jump IN for Healthy Kids says Indiana's poor health rankings present the greatest challenges for improving the health of children in the state. Julie Burns says while the organization has many areas of focus, she believes they can make the greatest impact in childcare and schools by helping to give kids an early understanding of the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity. Burns was appointed CEO earlier this week.

  • Maggie Galloway accepted the prize on behalf of Inscope Medical. (Picture Courtesy: inX3)

    inX3 Spotlights Pitch Competition, Mira Winners

    The inX3 tech and entrepreneurship week continues today in Indianapolis with the Winners Circle, where 2017 TechPoint Mira Award winners will meet with representatives from growth-stage venture capital firms. Yesterday, Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Solutions took the top prize in the Venture Club of Indiana's Innovation Showcase Pitch Competition. The medical device company will receive a $100,000 prize package.

  • Julie Burns (photo courtesy Jump IN for Healthy Kids)

    Jump IN Announces New Leadership

    Indianapolis-based Jump IN for Health Kids has named Julie Burns chief executive officer. Burns, who has served as head of program operations for the organization since 2014, succeeds Ron Gifford.

  • Bauer became CEO of Lutheran Hospital in 2011 and Lutheran Health Network in 2013.

    Legislators 'Disappointed' in Lutheran CEO's Dismissal

    Members of the Indiana General Assembly representing northeast Indiana have expressed their disappointment in the sudden dismissal of Brian Bauer as chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network. In a statement obtained by our partners at WPTA in Fort Wayne, the delegation says the decision "raises local concerns over the direction of the company." 

  • Reid Health left the former hospital campus in 2008.

    City Takes Steps Toward Old Reid Hospital Demolition

    The Richmond Redevelopment Commission has approved a measure involving funding for cleaning up the former Reid Hospital site. The Palladium-Item reports the resolution would allow for tax increment financing district funds to help offset future costs if the project gets moving. The publication reports the total price of remediation and demolition on the property has not yet been determined...

  • IU East to Offer Applied Health Science Degree

    Indiana University East has announced plans to offer a new Applied Health Science degree this fall. The bachelor's degree program will offer two tracks in community health education and health administration.

  • Lilly, Pfizer Drug Lands FDA Designation

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) and New York-based Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) have received a Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a drug currently undergoing a Phase 3 clinical trial. Tanezumab is being developed for the treatment of chronic pain in patients with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. 

  • Tony (pictured left) and Julie (pictured right) Bombacino launched Real Food Blends in 2013 following an online crowdfunding campaign.

    Real Food Blends Partners on National Distribution

    Chesterton-based Real Food Blends has announced a distribution agreement with a company with a national footprint. The feeding tube meal provider's pouches are now available through Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services, which is considered the largest home infusion and nutrition company in the U.S. Real Food Blends was established in 2013 by wife and husband team Julie and Tony Bombacino when they found a lack of real food nutritional options for their son who used a feeding tube.

  • Bauer became CEO of Lutheran Hospital in 2011 and Lutheran Health Network in 2013.

    Lutheran Announces Change in Leadership

    Brian Bauer is out as chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne. The health system says he is unable to continue in the role because "current circumstances put him in an untenable position." Mike Poore, an executive with parent company Community Health Systems, will serve as interim CEO while the network searches for a permanent replacement.

  • (Image courtesy of Eli Lilly and Co.)

    Lilly Moving Forward With Potential Migraine Treatment

    An investigational migraine treatment from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has returned positive results in three Phase 3 studies. The company says it will now submit a Biologics License Application for galcanezumab to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration later this year. Lilly says it will also turn in additional applications with global regulatory agencies. Lilly Bio-Medicines President Christi Shaw says...

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University.) Mark Kelley has three decades of experience as a cancer researcher.

    Biotech Company Licenses IU Discoveries

    An Indianapolis-based biotechnology company is looking to commercialize discoveries made at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Apexian Pharmaceuticals Inc. has licensed all technology discovered by the Mark Kelley, Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at the school.

  • 'New Mechanism' Could Join Lilly Diabetes Fight

    The global development leader of Lilly Diabetes says a new $55 million agreement could open the door for potentially innovative treatments and approaches for patients with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions. Brad Woodward says the collaboration with Switzerland-based KeyBioscience AG taps into "an entirely new mechanism" to potentially improve control of blood glucose and weight loss.

  • Frank Levinson graduated from Butler in 1975. (photo courtesy Phoenix Venture Partners)

    'Transformational' Gift to Support Sciences at Butler

    A Butler University alumnus has awarded a $5 million gift to support the sciences. The university says the gift from Frank Levinson will be used to help transform its science teaching and laboratory spaces, which will be designed to complement those of companies throughout the world. 

  • IU Simon Cancer Center Director Honored

    The director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis has received a major honor. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has presented Patrick Loehrer with the inaugural Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award. 

  • One of the clinics is located at St. Vincent Anderson. (photo courtesy St. Vincent Health)

    St. Vincent Opens Telehealth Clinics

    St. Vincent Health is launching two telemedicine outreach clinics for its kidney transplant program. The clinics, located at St. Vincent Anderson and near the campus of St. Vincent Evansville, seek to provide more convenient access to transplant surgeons and specialists in underserved areas of the state.

  • Parkview Huntington Hospital is one of the Indiana representatives on the list.

    'Great Community Hospitals' List Includes Hoosier Facilities

    Four Indiana hospitals are included among "100 Great Community Hospitals" by Becker's Hospital Review. The list features facilities with fewer than 550 beds that have been recognized for criteria including quality and patient satisfaction.

  • The parent of St. Vincent is St. Louis-based Ascension.

    St. Vincent Details Job Cuts

    St. Vincent Health Inc. has detailed job cuts at five locations throughout the state. In a notice to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the health care provider says an expanded partnership with a revenue cycle management company will result in the loss of 111 jobs in Anderson, Evansville, Indianapolis, Kokomo and Salem. In early May, St. Vincent parent Ascension Health announced an expansion of an existing agreement with Chicago-based R1 RCM Inc. that...

  • Jeff Schwegman founded AB BioTechnologies in 2008.

    Life Sciences Company Breaks Ground in Bloomington

    Bloomington-based AB BioTechnologies has broken ground on a $10.5 million pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Monroe County. The facility, plans for which were announced in January, will house clinical and small-scale commercial manufacturing services.

  • (Image Courtesy: Lilly Oncology)

    'Encouraging' Results For Potential Lilly Cancer Treatment

    One highly-touted piece of the Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) pipeline has returned positive results from a late-stage study. Cyramza, in combination with another drug, met its primary endpoint by showing an improvement in the progression-free survival rate among patients receiving the treatment. The Phase 3 RANGE study involved patients in various stages of urothelial carcinoma. Lilly says bladder cancer accounts for the majority of all urothelial carcinoma.

  • Image (left) of Ben Zarzaur provided by Eskenazi Health, image (right) of Malaz Boustani provided by Regenstrief Institute.

    Hoosier Researchers Receive $2.5M For Trauma Recovery

    Researchers at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute are testing a new collaborative care model designed to help patients over the age of 50 fully recover from injury. Work on the Trauma Medical Home model has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. The researchers say the majority of the estimated 1.4 million Americans over the age of 50 who are hospitalized each year for injury have the potential to...

  • (Image provided by the Indiana Department of Education) From L-to-R: Ujwala Pamidimukkala, Samantha Fassnacht, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Governor Eric Holcomb, Miranda Shook, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, Truman Bennet

    STEM Team Winners to Enter Work Force That Needs Them

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says as future work force needs continue to trend toward STEM-related fields, it's important to recognize student achievements. The state has introduced the winners of the 2017 Governor's STEM Team awards, the program replacing the former Mr. and Miss Indiana Science and Math awards. McCormick says "success in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math drives our students and our state forward."

  • Elkhart General Hospital is a part of Beacon Health System.

    Beacon Details Unauthorized Access of Patient Records

    South Bend-based Beacon Health System is notifying about 1,200 patients that a former employee accessed patient records without proper authorization. The health system says it is unaware of any "actual or attempted misuse of patient information," which included Social Security numbers and possibly financial and health insurance information.

  • (Image courtesy of the IHSAA) Pat Roy -- October 3, 1938 - May 23, 2017.

    'Pioneer For Girls' Athletics in Indiana' Dies

    An influential figure in advancing and growing the presence of girl's high school sports in the state has died. Pat Roy, who served the Indiana High School Athletic Association Inc. longer than any other executive staff member, retired as an assistant commissioner in 1999. In the mid-1950s, she played for the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Pat Roy was 78.

  • HIP Waiver Extension Gets Amendment

    Governor Eric Holcomb says the state has made an amendment to the Healthy Indiana Plan waiver application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Holcomb says the amendment eases administrative burdens, expands treatment options and enhances HIP's Gateway to Work program.

  • The competition involved nine teams from Indiana and Illinois.

    'Next Launch' Showcases Young Innovators

    Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says this week's first "Next Launch" business idea competition is the first step of what he hopes will ultimately become a national program. High school students from Culver, Fishers and Illinois competed for more than $17,000 in prizes. The top prizes went to teams developing technology for artificial intelligence, arthritis therapy and using sound to extinguish fires.

  • (photo courtesy Tony V. Martin, The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Franciscan to End Partnership With Rehab Provider

    Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance will end its partnership with the former Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in September. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the rehab facilities and outpatient centers in which RIC currently operates are expected to remain open.

  • The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network will have a satellite office in the new facility.

    Lutheran Breaks Ground on Wabash Facility

    Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Health Network has broken ground on a new outpatient center in Wabash. The health system plans to invest $10 million into the facility, which is expected to create 36 jobs. The 30,000 square-foot outpatient center is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

  • Sherard Clinkscales is ISU's director of athletics.

    ISU Looks to Elevate Athletics With New Campaign

    Indiana State University has launched its first-ever athletics-only fundraising campaign. Elevate - The Campaign For Sycamore Athletics, which is looking to raise $600,000, will focus on primary areas "targeted for implementation or improvement." They include...

  • Earlier this month, Lutheran Health Network announced a planned $500 million investment in its local facilities.

    Lutheran Parent Rejects $2.4B Acquisition Offer

    The parent company of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne has rejected a $2.4 billion offer from a group of 10 Fort Wayne physicians to acquire the system. Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. (NYSE: CYH) says the offer undervalues Lutheran by at least $1 billion. Community Health Systems has raised other issues as well, saying the physicians have not signed a non-disclosure agreement under which negotiations could occur.

  • EasyDial expects to begin Porter County operations in 2018.

    Porter County Lands Med Tech Expansion

    A California-based medical device manufacturer has announced a big investment in Porter County. EasyDial, which makes portable hemodialysis machines, has broken ground on a more than $21 million production facility in Chesterton, which it says will result in nearly 100 new jobs. The company says the new facility will be equipped to produce 1.3 million units by 2020 for patients throughout the United States.

  • (Rendering provided by Franklin College)

    Franklin College Science Center to Serve 'Future of Industry'

    Franklin College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on what President Tom Minar says will be a "cultural magnet" for students from STEM fields and beyond. The $17 million project involves gutting the current, 90-year-old Barnes Hall and nearly doubling the space with an addition that will create the Franklin College Science Center. Minar says graduates and interns from Franklin science programs will serve Hoosier businesses of all sizes.

  • The new deal spans 10 years.

    St. Vincent, Indy Zoo Ink Naming Partnership

    Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health has announced a naming partnership for the Indianapolis Zoo's dolphin exhibit. The 10-year deal involves what will now be known as the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion and St. Vincent Dolphin Gallery. The new deal builds on a relationship that already includes support of the zoo's playground and Christmas at the Zoo's LED lights, which are presented by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.

  • OurHealth's network of MyClinic locations could grow as a result of a $37 million round of funding.

    OurHealth Details Big Funding, Job Plans

    Indianapolis-based OurHealth says a $37 million round of funding will grow its national footprint and create 480 jobs over the next five years. The employer-based on-site and near-site clinic provider received financing from White Oak Healthcare Finance LLC and other private investors. OurHealth says it plans to expand its MyClinic network into eight additional markets and open 11 new MyClinics in existing markets of Indianapolis and Charlotte.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University.) Mark Kelley has three decades of experience as a cancer researcher.

    IU Research Targets Chemo Side Effects

    A $2.9 million National Cancer Institute grant will support Indiana University School of Medicine research into some of the negative side effects of chemotherapy. Pediatric Oncology Professor Mark Kelley was awarded the funding to investigate chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, which currently has no effective treatment or prevention. Previous efforts by Kelley and colleagues have shown some promise.

  • Town and Country currently operates a facility in Wilder, Kentucky.

    Sports ‘Bubble’ Could be in Lawrenceburg’s Future

    Northern Kentucky-based Town & Country Sports and Health Club has presented a proposal to the Lawrenceburg City Council for a $10 million indoor sports facility in the Dearborn County city. Eagle Country 99.3 reports the vision includes an 80-foot-tall pressurized bubble and attached office space. The facility would be 110,000 square-feet and sit on four acres near the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds.

  • Lilly Touts Results of Migraine Treatment

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) says three Phase 3 studies of a treatment for episodic and chronic migraine have met with success. The pharmaceutical giant says the studies of galcanezumab showed "statistically significant reductions" in migraines among the participating patients.

  • Lutheran hopes to begin some construction this year.

    Lutheran Announces $500M Investment

    Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne has announced a $500 million investment to upgrade health services and hospital facilities. Chief Executive Officer Brian Bauer says the multi-year project will result in more modernized health care that will improve the experience for thousands of patients in the region. The plan is expected to impact nearly every entity that is part of the Lutheran Health Network.

  • (photo courtesy Indiana State University)

    Mallory Named ISU Health And Human Services Dean

    Indiana State University has selected Caroline Mallory as dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Mallory, who currently serves as associate dean for research and graduate program coordinator for the Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing, will begin her new role in July.

  • (photo courtesy IU Health)

    IU Health Names East Central Region President

    Indiana University Health has named Jeff Bird president of its east central region, which includes IU Health Ball Memorial and Blackford hospitals. Bird, who currently serves as chief operating officer and chief medical officer at Ball Memorial, will begin his new role May 28. 

  • Ellen Ketterson will lead the Prepared for Environmental Change team.

    Grand Challenges Recipient Lands 'Extraordinary Investment'

    Indiana University has announced a $55 million investment into the second project funded through the Grand Challenges Program. The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative is led by IU Distinguished Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson and supported by a partners including Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), Citizens Energy Group in Indianapolis and several Hoosier government officials. It involves...

  • Pescovitz to Lead Oakland University

    The board of trustees for Oakland University in Michigan has tapped the senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Bio-Medicines at Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) to become the university's new president. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz will begin her new role in July.

  • (photo courtesy Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance)

    Ball State Details Tuition Increase, Building Projects

    Ball State University's board of trustees says it will adopt a 1.25 percent tuition increase, which the school says is its lowest increase in more than 40 years. The university also says it will move forward with the $87.5 million STEM and Health Professions Facility expansion project after state funding approval.

  • Anthem Calls Upon The Supreme Court

    Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is taking its fight to salvage a proposed $54 billion merger to the Supreme Court. The insurer is seeking a review of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that agreed with a lower court that the planned acquisition of Connecticut-based Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) would shrink competition in the market. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision agreed with a U.S. Department of Justice suit that also...

  • Life Sciences Company Lands Financing

    Carmel-based FAST BioMedical Inc. has secured $8 million in new financing. The medical technology company says the funding will be used primarily to advance clinical trials, hire additional talent and advance its global patent portfolio.

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    • We Can and Must Do Better - Together

      This year, Congress has worked hard to craft solutions to real challenges being experienced in the healthcare marketplace. The fact is that in many states the individual insurance market needs to offer more health plan options at lower cost for Hoosiers. We need Congress to act now. Throughout this debate, St. Vincent, part of Ascension, has sought to be a voice for our patients by calling on Congress to pass legislation that meets three simple principles...

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