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Lutheran Health Network Chief Executive Officer Brian Bauer says continuing to add affiliated services is leading to hundreds of new jobs at its Fort Wayne Shared Services Center. The network announced plans today to invest more than $6 million to move into a larger facility and add up to 320 jobs by 2017. The center provides services including processing insurance claims and billing for affiliates in a 23-county area in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Bauer says talented people and effective training programs make Fort Wayne an ideal spot for continued growth.
August 7, 2014
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Governor Mike Pence joined executives from Lutheran Health Network today to announce that its affiliate, Shared Services Center Fort Wayne, plans to expand its business operations in northeastern Indiana, creating up to 320 new jobs by 2017.
"By creating great jobs like this in Indiana, Lutheran Health Network is helping to nurse Indiana's economy to even stronger health," said Pence. "Indiana is already a life sciences leader. These jobs will continue to lift Indiana's status as a home base for related industries, such as hospital business services. Hoosiers win when companies, from local shops to Fortune 500 firms, decide that Indiana provides the best environment for their growth, placing success within reach here in a state that works."
Currently, there are more than 175 employees at Shared Services Center Fort Wayne who provide services including the processing of medical insurance claims, billing, appeals, insurance collection and customer service for Lutheran Health Network's hospitals and others in the region. To accommodate future growth, it will relocate its offices to 1700 Magnavox Way where it will occupy more than 62,000 square feet of leased space.
"Indiana is a great place to live, work and play, making it an ideal place to grow business and for employees to call home," said Brian Bauer, chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network. "We are proud of our work to serve Hoosiers with high quality, compassionate care and are delighted to expand our commitment to our community by creating new opportunities for employment."
The Shared Services Center in Fort Wayne has already begun filling open positions. Interested applicants may apply by visiting the careers page at LutheranHealth.net.
"I continue to be encouraged by the unprecedented momentum we’re experiencing in the city of Fort Wayne as we work together to invest in the future and be a leader in job growth and retention," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "We appreciate the commitment that Lutheran Health Network is demonstrating by significantly expanding its presence in Fort Wayne."
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Revenue Cycle Service Center, LLC up to $3,250,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Fort Wane will consider additional incentives at the request of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Also, Northeast Indiana Works is supporting the project with $78,380 toward in-kind employment services and on-the-job training.
With the help of growing companies like Shared Services Center Fort Wayne and Lutheran Health Network, Indiana has added 235,300 private sector jobs to its economy since July 2009 at a rate that’s the eighth fastest growing in the nation. Much of this growth is concentrated in the professional and business services sector, with a growth rate of 24.4 percent, the fourth largest in the nation.
About Lutheran Health Network
Lutheran Health Network is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region. LHN encompasses eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds, including 793 in Allen County alone. The foundation of LHN is an experienced team consisting of more than 7,000 associates working together to deliver life-changing care.
Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized services through its hospitals, patient care centers and physician practices. The strength of LHN allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians, innovate with the newest technology and participate in clinical research. These attributes enable LHN to sustain and grow its spectrum of services, and most importantly, deliver the highest levels of choice, support, care and patient experience that have long been its hallmark.
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.
The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.
Source: Indiana Economic Development Corp.