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In a major President’s Day surprise, two of the Indianapolis areas’ leading health care institutions are joining forces. Community Health Network and Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County have established an innovative partnership between Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network to place both systems and Indianapolis in the best possible position for health care reform and to improve access to quality care for all patients, particularly the indigent and underserved.

Both health care systems have entered, and their respective boards have approved, the agreement that establishes the partnership. Community Health Network and Wishard-Eskenazi Health will move forward and work together to ensure a smooth progression for employees and physicians providing care and services to patients across the two systems.  This private-public partnership agreement is different from a merger or acquisition.

It entails no transfer, lease or sale of facilities.   Bryan Mills, President/CEO of Community Health Network and Matthew Gutwein, President/CEO of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County appeared live on Afternoons with Amos to explain this partnership and what it means for residents of Indianapolis and Central Indiana.  The partnership aligns management of all Central Indiana Community Health Network and Wishard-Eskenazi Health facilities, including the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital which opens this December 2013.

The partnership also includes the current Wishard Memorial Hospital and the Eskenazi Health network of primary care centers throughout Indianapolis, as well as Community’s network of suburban hospitals, health pavilions and physician practices, including Community Hospital East, Community Hospital North, Community Hospital South, Community Hospital Anderson, Community Westview Hospital and Community Howard Regional Health.  All locations will continue to remain open as a result of this partnership, with some facilities receiving significant investment in renovation or expansion.  Click Here To Read More About This Unique Partnership. Details on Community/Wishard/Eskanazi Partnership. Click below to hear Amos’ interview with Mills and Gutwein about this innovative partnership and how will benefit the community. Runs 23 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.