Town hall to discuss Methodist/Franciscan merger - May 25, 2017

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana • May 25, 2017

By Giles Bruce

A town hall meeting will be held next week to discuss the possible merger between Methodist Hospitals and Franciscan Health.

The event takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 E. 35th Ave. in Gary.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Gary NAACP and the Indiana branch of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare. That union represents about 600 people between Methodist’s campuses in Gary and Merrillville and is worried about the lack of information on the merger being given to employees.

In March, Franciscan, the Region’s second-largest hospital system, signed a 120-day letter of intent to explore a partnership with Methodist Hospitals, the third largest in the Region.

Not much has been publicly discussed about the negotiations. Last week, a Franciscan hospital CEO said the system had proposed doing away with a consent decree to provide equal services at both campuses in exchange for building a new hospital in Gary.

For more information on the meeting, contact Lorenzo Crowell at 219-380-1120 or at lorenzo.crowell@seiuhcil.org.