Franciscan Health wants to build an orthopedic hospital and medical office building in Carmel, a project costing at least $ 130 million, to help meet the growing demand for hip and knee replacements .
The Mishawaka-based health system has filed documents with Carmel describing the project and requesting a zoning change for part of the site.
The project would cover 255,000 square feet over 18 acres along the east side of North Illinois Street between W. 106th Street and W. 111th Street.
The hospital would employ 432 people, with an average salary and benefits of $ 88,742, the health system said in a 59-page filing.
That’s about seven times more people than working at another Franciscan hospital about a mile north, Franciscan Health Carmel, at 12188 N. Meridian St.
The health system is asking Carmel to rezone approximately six acres in the northern portion of the site, from the low-density single-family residence to the Meridian Corridor District, which allows for mixed-use development.
The southern part of the site is already zoned in the Meridian Corridor District.
Franciscan wants to develop the project in two phases. The first phase would be a 135,000 square foot four story orthopedic hospital and parking garage. An air bridge would connect the two structures.
The second phase would consist of a two-story, 120,000 square foot medical office building with retail on the first level.
The health system calls the project the Franciscan Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence.
The proposed site is no longer developed but is bordered on several sides by quarters of single-family houses.
To the east is a subdivision of 31 lots. To the west, across North Illinois Street, is a subdivision of 41 lots. To the north is a multi-story commercial building under construction in a Meridian Corridor zoned area. And to the south is an undeveloped property zoned Meridian Corridor.
Meridian Street is one block east.
Franciscan said they perform more than 2,500 joint replacements each year at his Mooresville hospital, which opened in 1986, and his other Carmel hospital, which opened in 2012.
Still, predictions for joint replacements continue to grow, Franciscan said, driven by an aging population. By 2028, the number of ambulatory hip replacements in this region is expected to increase by 74% and the number of ambulatory knee replacements is expected to increase by 89%.
The new hospital would provide inpatient and outpatient services.
“Franciscan’s goal is to build an orthopedic center in Carmel, Indiana that will be recognized as a model of comprehensive care and known to treat patients across the spectrum of orthopedic conditions, from the most common to the most complex. “, The health system says in its file.
In addition to joint replacement surgeries, the center will offer pain management, physiotherapy, sports medicine and preventive therapies.
The Carmel Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 6 p.m. on September 18 in the city council chamber.