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St. Vincent announces 4 new ER hospitals

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — More healthcare options are coming to those who live near downtown Indianapolis.

On Monday, St. Vincent Health announced four new emergency room hospitals in the metro area.

Hospital officials say the demand for emergency care is increasing in the metro area. But they also said the way people want to receive care is changing.

“For us it’s all about addressing the needs of a very educated healthcare population in 2016 that want sites of access that are extremely open to their needs as patients,” said Jonathan Nalli, the CEO of St. Vincent Health.

One of the hospitals will be built at the corner of 86th Street and Allisonville Road in the Castleton area. Three others will be built: one in Noblesville at 146th Street and SR37, In Plainfield at 2412 E. Main Street and in Avon at 9613 E. US Highway 36.

“Access to healthcare is our mission,” said Nalli.

The 24-hour hospitals will house emergency room beds as well as inpatient rooms for shorter stays. Each of the hospitals will be fully licensed and accredited.

“Today accessing healthcare is done in several different facets and vehicles,” said Nalli.

Monday’s announcement comes almost a year to the day Saint Vincent partnered with the Pacers to build a new medical and training facility in downtown Indianapolis.

Monday’s news means four of the area’s major hospital systems have recently announced expansions. Franciscan St. Francis health joined forces with the YMCA at CityWay to offer primary and specialty care. IU Health is about to start construction on a billion dollar medical center downtown. Community Health East is renovating its hospital and expanding emergency and outpatient services.

St. Vincent says construction will start soon, and that the first hospital should open by summer of next year.

They’re also planning four other locations, but they haven’t been finalized.