Methodist Hospitals Goals, Cary Hopes Coincide 

Mar 17

GARY | Boasting improved finances, approval ratings and technology, officials with Methodist Hospitals said this year will feature more growth among its facilities and programming.

The hospital on Friday presented its third annual state of the organization report to employees and community stakeholders.

"We see 2012 as a year of continued growth and expansion," said Ian McFadden, president and CEO.

The hospital is following an aggressive plan to upgrade and expand all Methodist facilities. It includes a new breast care center, orthopedic and spine center and urology suite, he said.

The hospital also is introducing new technology, such as left ventricular assist device pumps for improved cardiovascular care and the da Vinci robot for surgical technology.

The overarching goal carrying over into this year is for the hospital to achieve trauma designation, McFadden said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said she supports the goal.

"One of the key initiatives in our administration is to see a trauma center in Gary," she said.

Indiana is losing billions of dollars to Illinois each year, because local people are sent over the state line for trauma care, said state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary.

Brown said he supports having a teaching hospital with trauma center designation.

Hospital officials talked about 2012 goals, but they also reflected on 2011.

Methodist implemented Epic, a systemwide software program designed to digitize information.

"Many doctors want to practice at Methodist because that system is in place here," McFadden said.

The hospital also achieved the first stage of "meaningful use," which is a way to measure hospital quality.

It began offering 3-D mammography.

"We are now, because of that implementation, the region leader in mammography," McFadden said.

Also, every patient room at every Methodist campus is being redone, with new furnishings and fixtures.

Courtesy of The Times

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