Indiana’s largest healthcare employer is St. Vincent Hospital, with 18 locations across the state. This Indianapolis health care facility is a part of Ascension Health, which is the nation’s largest not-for-profit Catholic health care system. Their faith based approach to medicine allows the hospital to really embrace their slogan, “the spirit of caring.”
St. Vincent Hospital‘s long history began in 1878, when Bishop Francis Silas Chatard promoted the opening of a Catholic hospital in Indianapolis. This hospital was to be managed by Daughters of Charity, a Roman Catholic organization. In 1881, four very poor Sisters founded the hospital, with less than $100. Their mission was derived from the lessons of St. Vincent de Paul: “to minister to the bodies, minds and spirits of those in need.” After changing locations several times, St. Vincent Hospital found a home on the north side of downtown Indianapolis, where it remained for more than 60 years. Hospital overpopulation began to cause disruptions and in 1971 St. Vincent Hospital was relocated to its current location on West 86th Street.
A view of St. Vincent Hospital from a distance
In 2007, St. Vincent Children’s Hospital was renamed Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has a close relationship with the hospital, making frequent visits to patients and creating publicity for the organization. Manning made a connection between Indianapolis sports and caring for Indianapolis kids. Several fundraisers for the hospital have been conducted at the new Lucas Oil Stadium. Unlike Riley Hospital for Children, the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent incorporates religion into the healing process.
Children’s Choice Learning Center at St. Vincent Hospital
Today, St. Vincent Hospital is nationally ranked for excellence in cardiac, stroke, orthopedic and gastrointenstinal care. The hospital has also been ranked number one in the state for joint replacement surgery. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the hospital a Medal of Honor for its efforts to generate a large increase in organ donation.
With locations in Carmel, Anderson, Kokomo, Frankfort, Elwood and Indianapolis, St. Vincent Health facilities cover nearly 50 Indiana counties. The hospitals offer several community outreach courses, including parenting classes and basic First Aid training. Each year, several Indianapolis events are sponsored by the hospital, in an effort to create community awareness regarding health issues. St. Vincent Hospital empowers patients to endure illness by providing faith-based care.
Archway entrance to St. Vincent Hospital
The Ruth Lilly Conference Center at St. Vincent Hospital
Outside seating by the Ruth Lilly Conference Center
Stress Center at St. Vincent Hospital
The St. Vincent Bariatric Center
Women’s Breast Services at St. Vincent Hospital
A Final view of St. Vincent Hospital
St. Vincent Hospital
2001 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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