BEDFORD, IN – On June 15, 2010, the Lawrence County Commissioners and County Council voted to approve the integration of Dunn Memorial Hospital with Indianapolis-based St.Vincent Health. The decision comes after three years of discussions between Dunn Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Lawrence County and St.Vincent Health officials.
Dunn Memorial Hospital will now be known as St.Vincent Dunn Hospital. The Bedford-based health provider is the 20th Indiana hospital to join St.Vincent Health.
“We look forward to extending our health ministry into Lawrence County and surrounding communities,” said Vincent Caponi, CEO of St.Vincent Health and Indiana Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. “Through the integration of St.Vincent Dunn Hospital, we are building our southern Indiana strategy and aligning closer with area health providers. Our goal for each partnering facility is to ensure each respective community has a viable and sustainable hospital.”
The integration unites Dunn Hospital’s rich tradition of commitment and service with the 129-year St.Vincent Health reputation as a faith-based hospital system focused on quality health care.
“We applaud the Dunn Board and Lawrence County government for their diligence, and active participation in the strategic discussions,” said Kevin Speer, chief strategy officer of St.Vincent Health. “This was an extensive process in which all parties had the best interest of the healthcare needs of Lawrence County residents in mind.”
The faith-based hospital system has served Central Indiana for more than 129 years. St.Vincent Health is one of the largest employers in Indiana, and delivers care in service areas such as cardiovascular, women’s, children’s, neurosciences, cancer, orthopedics, bariatrics, primary care and emergency medicine. In 2009, St.Vincent Health provided more than $144 million in charity care and community benefit to Indiana patients and families.
Since 1998, the faith-based health provider has operated several critical access hospitals, and enhanced local capabilities by building programs and services within each respective rural community. This year, two additional critical access facilities, St.Vincent Salem Hospital and St.Vincent Dunn Hospital, both joined St.Vincent Health.
St.Vincent Health will continue its strategic vision of collaborating with Indiana-based physicians and hospitals to ensure coordinated care, optimal outcomes, patient satisfaction and local healthcare delivery.
About St.Vincent HealthSt.Vincent Health is a nonprofit, spiritually-centered health system, sponsored by Ascension Health of St. Louis, MO., the nation’s largest Catholic health system. St.Vincent Health is one of Indiana’s largest employers with 19 health ministries serving 47 counties in Central Indiana. The health ministry includes St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital; Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent; St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana; St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast; St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo; Saint John’s Health System in Anderson; St.Vincent Carmel Hospital; St.Vincent Women’s Hospital; St.Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil; St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital; St.Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon; St.Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood; St.Vincent New Hope; St.Vincent Randolph Hospital in Winchester; St.Vincent Stress Center; St.Vincent Williamsport Hospital; St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital; St.Vincent Salem Hospital; and St.Vincent Dunn Hospital.
For more information please contact:Johnny SmithSt.Vincent Health(317) 583-3961(317) 338-3550 #8225JASmith1@stvincent.org