Doctor's Orders

Illness is never a pleasant part of life, but at least when life throws you this curveball, Carmel’s medical facilities are up to the challenge. Four full-fledged hospitals and a heart center operate in Carmel, assuring residents they’re in good hands.

St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, which offers all private rooms at its 124-bed facility, offers a range of specialties including bariatric weight loss, cardiopulmonary services, gastroenterology, joint replacement, a sleep lab, spine treatment and sports medicine. Physicians here pride themselves on offering patients cutting edge technologies, materials and treatments.

Although it just opened in 1985, officials recently opened a $30 million expansion to add new emergency services and obstetrics. St. Vincent Carmel is a teaching site as well, even providing space to Anderson University’s Falls School of Business to hold its MBA program classes. The hospital also offers a monthly health education series free to the public.

Clarian North — an alliance between Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Medical Center and Riley Hospital for Children — will open the doors to its 170-patient bed facility in December 2005. Riley — one of the largest hospitals devoted to children in the United States — will offer subspecialties at the Clarion North Facility, including a sleep disorder lab and an intensive care unit. Clarion’s unique “hospital within a hospital” setting will bring together physicians, patient beds and operating rooms by specialty.

The campus at Clarian North will also feature a Center of Excellence for Women and Children, an emergency department and attached medical office buildings.

Riverview Hospital opened in 1909, becoming the first hospital in Hamilton County. From its original three-story building, Riverview added a $12 million west wing housing an emergency room, intensive care unit and radiology in 1985; an east-wing surgery center in 1991; and a wing for ambulatory surgeries in 2000. In 2002, the Riverview Heart Care Center opened, and the Women’s Pavilion came on line in 2003, offering maternity services, mammography and breast health services. The hospital plans to complete yet another expansion to the emergency department in 2006.

Riverview’s network encompasses 19 satellite locations — both primary and urgent care facilities — and a community health clinic. The Community Health Network’s presence is strong in the community, with the Community Health Pavillion, Community North Hospital and the Indiana Heart Hospital all nearby. Community North Hospital’s $170 million campus expansion, soon to cut the ribbon, will nearly double the hospital’s size to 300 private suites. Next-generation surgical suites will accommodate robotics, new imaging, microscopy, light control and infection control technologies. The aesthetics also have a holistic approach thanks to natural light throughout, multi-story interior atriums, solariums in maternity suites and fireplaces in lobbies.

The Indiana Heart Hospital, located on the campus of Community North, includes the only 24-hour emergency room for heart care in Indiana, a cardiologist always on site for emergencies and advanced digital technology.

The Heart Center of Indiana, which opened in 2002, is located in Carmel on the North Meridian corridor. The Heart Center was the first free-standing heart hospital to open in the metropolitan area and provides state-of-the-art acute cardiovascular services in a setting dedicated to cardiac care. Ownership is divided evenly between St. Vincent Health, a community-based healthcare ministry serving Indiana and a group of heart care physicians. “Guests” (not patients) enjoy a fine hotel atmosphere, complete with a concierge desk and room service that delivers meals like grilled salmon and salad with raspberry vinaigrette.


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