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Community Health Network announces $12 million project on Indianapolis’ east side; New health pavilion will improve health care access and promote economic development

For release on January 17, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network officials have announced details of a $12 million construction project at I-465 and Washington Street that will improve access to health care and support economic development on Indianapolis’ east side.

Located on six acres at 7910 East Washington Street, construction will soon begin on Community Health Pavilion, a three-story medical building that will house a variety of health care services in 55,000 square feet of space.

When completed in early 2012, the new Community Health Pavilion will offer convenient access to the primary care physicians from Community Physicians of Indiana; specialty physicians; advanced imaging services; Mid America Clinical Labs; rehab and sports medicine; and other health-related services. It will also house a community room dedicated to patient education and health screenings. Existing MedCheck and Community Occupational Health Services offices, located at 17th and Post Road, will also relocate to the new pavilion.

Jon Fohrer, CEO of Community Health Network’s ambulatory division, said the pavilion is an important investment in the development of the city’s east side, occupying property left undeveloped since the closing and subsequent demolition of Laughner’s Cafeteria. Alderson Commercial Group, Inc. has been named the pavilion’s developer. This will be the second project Alderson has developed for Community.

“This health care facility will showcase Community’s commitment to caring for east side residents and will positively contribute to the neighborhood’s economy,” Fohrer said. “More than 100 employees will work at the new site, with nearly half of those positions being new jobs.”

Fohrer also said the Laughner family name will continue to be attached to the property. The pavilion’s “Laughner Community Room” will celebrate a generous donation, which Charles Laughner made to Community during the sale of the property.

Robin Ledyard, M.D. and president of Community Hospital East, said the pavilion will be the newest addition to a growing east side network of health care services anchored by Community Hospital East.

“Community Health Network is committed to providing the best care possible to the residents of the east side,” Ledyard said. “This pavilion will be a state-of-the-art medical home for our patients, allowing us to deliver quality care closer to where residents live, work and play.”

This announcement follows the October 2010 opening of another Community Health Pavilion, located at 2040 North Shadeland Avenue. Community manages a total of nine health pavilions conveniently located throughout central Indiana.

Several east side organizations, including the Warren Township Trustee’s Office, the Eastgate Neighborhood Association, and the Warren Township Development Association supported this project by writing letters to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission. “Community Health Network has deep roots in our east side community,” said Warren Township Trustee Jeff Bennett. “This project represents a substantial economic investment. It will be a positive redevelopment to a long vacant site and an important gateway to I-465.”

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated health care networks, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care and more than 450 integrated physicians throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, part of Community Heart and Vascular; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MedCheck Express convenience clinics; Infinity employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.

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Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations