Zionsville resident Erica Wehrmeister has been promoted from chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s to president of the central region, which includes St. Vincent Indianapolis, St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, St. Vincent Stress Center, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
The region also includes eight neighborhood hospitals: Avon, Castleton, Indianapolis South, Noblesville South, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Greenwood and Noblesville West.
“There’s a lot of exciting things going on,” said Wehrmeister, who assumed her new position in May. “I’m excited to lead this effort.”
In her new role, Wehrmeister, who became COO in 2014, will lead an executive team with day-to-day operations, strategic initiatives and other tasks, including expanding neighborhood hospital options.
“There’s soon to be eight neighborhood hospitals (five are already open) located around central Indiana, and they are opening up access points for both emergency room services as well as urgent care services,” Wehrmeister said. “We are trying to bring care closer to the patient. If they don’t have to make a trip down to 86th Street and come to a complex hospital, they can stay in their community and get excellent health care.
“We are really looking forward to how we serve, and the neighborhood hospital is one component of that to serve our community.”
In the past five years, Wehrmeister has overseen the creation of the St. Vincent House, which is a place for patients’ families to stay if they can’t afford a hotel or don’t live nearby. She also oversaw construction of a 45,000-square-foot career simulation and education center.
“This was very, very important to me as I started here back in 2014,” Wehrmeister said. “We do have about 500 learners on our campus on an ongoing basis, from medical students to nursing students to residents and fellows, and we are also wanting to have that community benefit. So many kids today in high school or even middle school don’t really know what careers exist outside of nursing or physician – those are the top two people think of. We are wanting to get high schools and different community projects to come to our simulation center and learn more about education, what health care careers are out there and what health care careers are entry level and don’t require education as far as college.”
The education center also offers a school to train paramedics and EMTs, and it is introducing an ultrasound technician program in August.
“I want to open up the education program to train and produce, hopefully, our future health care workers,” she said. “It’s a great benefit. We work very closely with Boone County fire and sheriff department and try and do things to partner with our community to offer things for paramedics and EMTs.”
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