Ascension St. Vincent lays the foundation for the Brain & Spine Hospital – Inside Indiana Business

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Officials at Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis on Tuesday broke ground on a new brain and spine hospital. The facility is part of a $325 million expansion of the 86th Street campus in the city’s northwest, announced in May 2021. Ascension says the four-story hospital will help meet a “significant growth” in demand for dedicated neuroscience clinical spaces, including eight operating rooms, 36 intensive care unit beds and an intensive care unit.

During Tuesday’s groundbreaking, Ascension St. Vincent Indiana CEO Jonathan Nalli said the hospital will create a regional destination for complex neurosurgical care.

“This facility will accommodate patients with the most complex neurosurgical cases and serve as a training center…for clinical leaders of the future,” said Nalli. “Our strategic partnership with Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine prioritizes clinical excellence, patient experience and innovation.”

Carmel-based Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine is a longtime associate of Ascension St. Vincent and will be one of the medical groups staffing the hospital.

As part of this partnership, the hospital will include the establishment of a home exercise program. dr Jean-Pierre Mobasser, President of Goodman Campbell, says one of the company’s goals is to increase its academic and research footprint.

“Goodman Campbell has already begun this process by establishing a research relationship with Purdue University and an academic and teaching relationship with Marian University, and we plan to continue that here at this facility,” Mobasser said.

Ascension says the complex neurosurgical care at the new hospital will complement the existing Level I Trauma Center at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital as well as the pediatric neurosurgery program.

The Brain and Spine Hospital is scheduled to open in 2024.

The $325 million expansion also includes a new nearly 1,200-space parking garage, which opened in September, and the new Ascension St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, which broke ground in July.

You can watch the full groundbreaking in the video below, starting at the 16 minute mark.