Hancock Health Responds to Area Growth Geist • Current Publishing

Hancock Health Responds to Area Growth Geist • Current Publishing

With projected population growth in the Geist area, Hancock County’s leading health provider has expanded its presence in McCordsville, including its Hancock Health Gateway center near I-70 and Mount Comfort Road near the Marion County border.

Steve Long
Steve Long

CEO Steve Long said the Gateway campus includes a medical center with various specialty services, including lower-cost diagnostic services and a laboratory. It also has a wellness center, which he described as a “Gold’s Gym, a YMCA and a medical gym all in one.”

Long said the wellness center has more than 5,000 members.

“When you walk in the door, you think you’re walking into a training ground,” he said. “But in addition to all the equipment and the free weights and the pools and the basketball courts and the track and all that, we also have exercise specialists who have degrees in that specialty. We have rehabilitation therapists, we have nutritionists. As a member, you have the opportunity to meet with our team and they create a specialized plan just for you that achieves your health goals, and they are able to care for you while you do it.”

Development of the Gateway campus began about five years ago, he said. It sits on a 200-acre parcel that Hancock Health purchased with the intention of developing it partly into a center and partly to encourage other developments that complement the center.

“We just completed a partnership with a new aging-in-place campus called Randall Residence, which is independent living, assisted living and memory care,” he said. “There is a Starbucks that we have sold land to that has been operating for several years. And then there’s a pediatric oral surgery office that’s built right along the interstate.”

A 60-acre parcel under development will offer apartments, restaurants, retail and hotels, he added.

Studies show that more and more people will be moving to the greater Indianapolis area in the next 25 years, and Hancock Health is making plans with that in mind.

“We’re actually planning a medical office building and a freestanding emergency room because the population is booming on that side of the county,” he said of the McCordsville area. “And then longer term, we have plans and a site selected on our land for a second hospital in the county.”

The second hospital depends on population growth and likely won’t be for another 15 years or so, he said, but it would go in the same area as the McCordsville Gateway campus.

In addition to physical growth, Hancock Health has expanded its virtual access to medical expertise through its partnership with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Long said Hancock Health started that partnership about 18 months ago and just renewed it for another term.

“There are only 38 partners in North America, and basically you have to have some of the best quality outcomes for hospitals in the country,” he said. “You have to hand them about 1,000 pages of documentation about how your organization works.”

Officials from Mayo also do a site visit before allowing a partner to join or renew, he said. As a partner, Hancock Health physicians can consult with experts from Mayo to optimize care or provide a second opinion.

“And then we have access to all the stuff within Mayo, including their database of knowledge that they’ve built up over 150 years,” he said. “Each of us has access to this. So all together, it’s the ability of our experts to have experts at the Mayo Clinic.”

Hancock Health also has a partnership with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, he added, allowing the health network to provide neonatal nurse practitioners in its delivery unit.

For more, visit hancockhealth.org.

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