VIDEO: Ground Broken On Northern Johnson Co. Health Pavilion
Partnership of Johnson Memorial and Community Health Network expected to create up to 100 jobs
Officials break ground on Stones Crossing Health Pavilion in Bargersville (WIBC.com video: Ray Steele)
|(WIBC.com photo: Ray Steele)
It's one of the fastest growing areas of one of the fastest growing counties in Indiana. Now, another sign of expansion in northern Johnson County is underway as ground was broken for a large health center in Bargersville.
"We've got two great assets in our community coming together and collaborating on a health care center, and it's in one of our smaller towns in Bargersville," says Cheryl Morphew, President and CEO of Johnson County Development Corporation.
The Stones Crossing Health Pavilion will be built on state Highway 135 South and is scheduled to open in mid-2013. It is a collaboration between Community Health Network and Johnson Memorial Hospital. "Both organizations are here to take care of the people in this neighborhood," said Tony Lennen, president of Community Hospital South. "I love it because we are working together in partnership to do this, not working against each other."
The project was first announced in March. When completed, the 70,000 square foot, three-story facility will house primary and specialty care physicians, rehab and sports medicine facilities, and imaging and lab services. "One of the main objectives was to increase access to care for the citizens of Johnson County. This building is a giant stride in that direction," said Larry Heydon, president and CEO of Johnson Memorial.
The $14 million pavilion is expected to create up to 100 jobs over the next three to four years, but community officials say more importantly, it brings high quality health services closer to home for a growing population. "(Bargersville) annexed recently, and they've pretty much doubled the size of their town," said Morphew. "We know that growth is going to continue to come south, and the 135 corridor is a great asset for commercial and retail development."
It also probably won't be the last major development announcement for northern Johnson County. "We've got some great things in the pipeline right now, but we can't talk about them just yet," Morphew said.
Though it is not a merger, the partnership between Johnson Memorial and Community Health is the second major hospital collaboration announced recently. On Tuesday, St. Vincent Health announced a merger with St. Mary's Health, creating the largest health system in Indiana.
Tony Lennen of Community Hospital South and Larry Heydon of Johnson Memorial Hospital (WIBC.com video: Ray Steele)