Thursday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines.


Apartment rents are suddenly on the rise.

Real Page, a real estate analytics firm, says apartments are about 96 percent full nationwide as a stronger economy boost.

That’s pushing rent increases up by about three percent.

Papa John’s 

Papa John’s shares jumped on a report that founder John Schnatter is working with investors to buy the company.

Schnatter was ousted as the company’s CEO and the face of the brand after a number of controversies, including reports that he used racial slur on a conference call.

Schnatter still owns 30 percent of the company.


McDonald’s is stripping artificial ingredients from more food to win over customers.

The fast food chain says the ingredients are gone from its buns, cheese and sauces.

The new recipes are McDonald’s latest attempt to project a more healthful image and reverse a sales slump in its main U.S. market.



Seven rural Hoosier hospitals named to Top 100 list

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Seven hospitals serving rural communities in Indiana have been named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S. by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The center is run by Chicago-based Chartis Group, a consulting, analytics and technology focused on the healthcare industry.

The index is based on a variety of factors, including market, value and finance-based categories. Chartis says the hospitals on the list received the highest overall scores among all rural and community hospitals across the country.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Here’s the list of seven Indiana hospitals to earn the achievement:

  • King’s Daughters’ Health, Madison
  • Major Hospital, Shelbyville
  • Marion General Hospital, Marion
  • Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington
  • Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville
  • Schneck Medical Center, Seymour

Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health has two hospitals to make the list. The health system says it’s the second straight for Parkview Noble and Parkview Huntington to be recognized as a Top 100 hospital by Chartis.

“It is such a pleasure to receive this important recognition again,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Our hospital team members take great pride in providing world-class care for every patient, and Top 100 recognition is a great reinforcement of all their hard work, patient advocacy and teamwork.”

Click here to view the entire list of top 100 rural hospitals.