Riverview Health is expanding its services yet again in central Indiana in the form of four new facilities that will focus solely on emergency and urgent care.
The hospital, headquartered in Noblesville, announced plans to build four new freestanding emergency departments with urgent care services – one in north Carmel, west Carmel, Fishers and the Nora area of Indianapolis. All are expected to be open in 2019.
“As the area continues to grow, the demand for urgent and emergency services has too,” Riverview Health President and CEO Seth Warren stated. “Often, when unplanned medical needs arise, there’s the question of whether or not to go to the emergency room. With the emergency and urgent care combination, patients will have a single convenient access point close to home and be treated accordingly with the same high-quality healthcare of our full-service hospital in Noblesville.”
According the Riverview, the retail model will focus on customer service and treating patients quickly, with limited paperwork. ER services will be available 24/7, while the urgent care hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. An ER physician, regardless of the level of service needed, will see all patients, who will be billed only for the level of care provided.
“Many visits to the emergency department could be treated in an urgent care setting at a lower cost,” Warren said. “This model eliminates that discrepancy by billing only for the level of care needed, which has the potential to save money for patients, employers and communities.”
Each facility, to be completed in conjunction with North Texas-based Inuitive Health, will each be approximately 10,000 square feet and developed by commercial real estate firm Equity and construction firm Meyer Najem.
In addition to its mainstay campus on Ind. 32 in Noblesville, Riverview Health’s newest hospital will open in Westfield this spring. The health organization also has 25 physician practices throughout Hamilton County.