By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications
Scecina Memorial High School and Community East Hospital share a common history, as both were built in the same era and grew up together on Indianapolis’ Eastside. Scecina welcomed its first class in 1953; Community Hospital served its first patient three years later. Both remain anchor institutions on the Eastside.
Today Scecina and Community are partners in Eastside business and neighborhood development efforts and also in the school’s Health Occupations class, where students work at the hospital nearly each day to learn more about medical professions.
Scott Teffeteller, president of the East Region for Community Health Network, emphasized that shared history and the current partnership when he spoke at a recent breakfast meeting of the Scecina Business Connection. “Community” is a fitting name for the hospital because a community fundraising effort was behind its inception. More than 80 percent of local families donated to the effort, in which $9.2 million was raised. That original hospital grew into a seven-hospital health network.
“Community really is a hospital built by the Eastside for the Eastside,” said Teffeteller.
He spent most of his time talking about the transformation of the hospital. The new $175 million Community Hospital is scheduled to open this fall. “We’re looking to improve the patient experience,” he said.
Community is building a brand new hospital before tearing down the old. Final completion is scheduled for 2020. Plans include a new 175-bed hospital tower. The new hospital, said Teffeteller, will allow Community Health Network to handle the expansion of the state’s Medicaid Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0.)
“We could have made a choice to leave the area,” Teffeteller said. “But we have a plan to allow us to be here for the next 60 years. We are committed to this community.”
He said Community East employs 1,900 people, and indirectly supports 1,800 more jobs.
Teffeteller said the hospital understands the changing demographics of the Eastside and is committed to helping serve the area. Community East has expanded its legal and social services for patients, along with health services, and partners with community groups to address mental health, food security, single motherhood and other issues.
The Scecina Business Connection is a networking group made up of alumni, parents, friends, and businesses. For more information about it, please contact Bob Golobish at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (317) 352-3228.