Community Hospital North celebrates 30th anniversary
Indianapolis, IN—Thirty years ago on June 12, 1985, Community Health Network embarked on a journey to provide greater access to healthcare for northeast side residents by opening Community Hospital North. It took significant vision and the spirit of innovation on the part of network leaders, who acquired the farmland on which the hospital was built, while Castleton was in its early stages of development and Fishers was just a small rural town. It was this vision that established Community Health Network as the most prominent healthcare provider in what has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing suburban areas.
“Community’s leaders in the early eighties gambled on an area of Indianapolis that seemed destined for growth,” said Jason Fahrlander, president of acute care services at Community Health Network. “It was a smart move. Community Hospital North has grown into the largest campus in the network, and as the northeast corridor continues to expand and flourish, we are making plans to serve the needs of the growing area by providing increased access points and exceptional patient experiences.”
Community Hospital North grew into a full-service hospital, and the North campus expanded to include multiple medical office buildings, Community’s Behavioral Health Pavilion, a cancer center and one of the world’s first all-digital hospitals, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, formerly The Indiana Heart Hospital.
In 2007, a $170 million expansion at Community North took place with the construction of ultra-modern surgical suites, 60 private maternity guest suites (the largest of its kind in the nation), specialty women’s and children’s services, developmentally-friendly neonatal intensive care suites and a dedicated pediatric unit with a treasure hunt theme. Growth will continue this fall on the campus, when ground is broken on a 104,000 square foot cancer center.
In celebration of the hospital’s 30th anniversary on June 12, employees and hospital visitors can enjoy an ice cream social in the main lobby from noon to 4:00 p.m. Health screenings will also be offered, including body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings. Informational booths will offer emergency medical services (EMS), heart health and women’s health education.
Four hospital volunteers who worked at Community North when the original hospital opened, are still volunteering today, and have put in nearly 19,000 hours of service time.
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.