Methodist to focus on teaching, technology, expansion  

Mar 15
2011

Courtesy of The Times

GARY | An emphasis on becoming the main teaching hospital in Northwest Indiana and building on technology were focuses of Methodist Hospitals' second annual State of the Organization address Friday morning.

Hospital CEO Ian McFadden gave the presentation to about 140 community leaders and hospital employees, telling them 2009 focused on financial stability as the hospital was turning itself around, but 2010 and 2011 are focused on growth.

McFadden said 2010 marked the health system's second consecutive year of profitability, and Methodist was the first hospital in Northwest Indiana to implement EPIC, an electronic medical records system that is part of the system's $30 million investment in technology.

As 2011 progress, McFadden said technology will continue to play a large role in the health system, highlighting a $1 million investment in newly Food and Drug Administration-approved 3-D mammography machines, which have been ordered by the hospital. He said there will be more investments in EPIC, including a way for the system to tie into physician offices.

"We definitely want to enhance our partnership with (Indiana University)," McFadden said.

He said a family practice residency is scheduled to begin, adding to an existing residency with Northwestern University for the emergency department. He said he'd like to expand and add residency programs every other year after.

McFadden said the health system also will focus on expansion, with an $8 million renovation of the emergency room at the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, which will take 12 to 16 months to complete, and expansions of the intensive care units.

He also said since the Northlake Campus in Gary sees more trauma patients than any other hospital in the region, he'd like to see a trauma designation this year.

"This is a different year for all hospitals as health care reform really begins to take effect," McFadden said.

He said the health system will work on expanding its Physician Network in 2011.

"We understand we have to work with others, physicians and providers, to have a much better product," he said.
 

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