Marion Health Network’s Gas City medical campus, which is under construction just off of I-69 near Payne’s restaurant, is still undergoing development.
When fully finished, the four-story building will occupy 100,000 square feet, sit on approximately 100 acres of land and will provide a number of services to the people of Gas City and the surrounding area.
According to a 2021 article from The Echo, the facility will offer the following services: orthopedic/spine surgery, a rehabilitation and outpatient clinic, a family practice medicine outpatient clinic, multi-specialty outpatient clinic, emergency service with helipad, radiology, laboratory and inpatient acute care.
“This expansion will bring convenient, state-of-the-art care to our community in the southeastern region of Grant County,” President and CEO of Marion Health Stephanie Hilton-Seibert told Inside INdiana Business in November 2021.
Construction on the new hospital began roughly one year ago, with the hope that the facility would be fully operational by the end of this year. Judging by the current level of construction on site, a 2022 opening may not be feasible.
Special Assistant to the President Ron Sutherland believes the facility will be operational in 2023.
According to The Echo, “Project planning, design and management are being conducted by BSA LifeStructures, a national and Indianapolis-based design firm, which has experience in fashioning hospital and orthopedic facilities.”
Located in Gas City, the hospital will be in close proximity to Taylor University in Upland and Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. With both universities supporting a host of athletic teams, Marion Health envisions the hospital as also being able to satisfy the need for sports medicine care in Grant County.
“There’s Taylor, there’s Indiana Wesleyan,” Kate Lyons — Marion Health’s administrative director of marketing and community outreach — told The Echo in 2021. “There’s a great need to have an orthopedic and spine service area, specifically in sports medicine.”
Already the largest local employer in the area according to their website, Inside INdiana Business reported in 2021 that Marion Health’s Gas City medical campus will generate approximately 100 new jobs.
These new employment opportunities will have a significant impact on the local community.
“It is encouraging to see the kind of investment that Marion General Hospital is making in facilities services so close to our community,” Sutherland stated in an email. “This type of investment will bring jobs, visitors, home owners and opportunities for Taylor that will be a blessing for years to come.”
For more information on Marion Health and their mission in Grant County, visit marionhealth.com.