The chief executive officer of St. Vincent Indiana says the launch of a neighborhood hospital model throughout central Indiana is part of a strategy by the state’s second-largest health care system to adapt to an ever-changing health care landscape. "We feel that if we don’t drive transformation in health care, we will be disrupted and so we believe disrupting ourselves is the most important way to evolve health care as an industry," Jonathan Nalli told Barbara Lewis in The Business of Health. The changes, Nalli says, involve where Hoosiers receive their care through a "one hospital, multiple locations" approach via the smaller, full-service neighborhood hospitals, as well as how St. Vincent will deal with rising pharmaceutical costs, changes to care delivery and the level of consumer education.
Nalli says the strategy statewide continues to revolve around "re-imagining health care." Nalli says the focus has become "how do individuals, patients, consumers want their health care delivered, and what is the expectation they place on anybody that’s delivering health care?" St. Vincent’s new neighborhood hospital program, Nalli says, helps answer those questions by bringing the same level of care found at its major facilities into smaller facilities that are closer to customers. He believes that over time, the neighborhood hospital network will lower costs for patients, employers and insurance providers.
The first neighborhood hospital opened in Noblesville late last year, with other recent locations following in Plainfield, Indianapolis and Greenwood.