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IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians Expanding Services, Locations

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— Bloomington, Ind. – For more than 15 years, Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians (formerly Southern Indiana Medical Group) has provided south central Indiana with increased access to primary healthcare. To better meet the needs of the community, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians will expand by adding specialty care to its group of physician practices as well as new facilities.

On May 1, Southern Indiana Pediatrics and Orthopedics of Southern Indiana will officially become a part of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians. The addition of these two well-known Bloomington physician groups will expand the services offered by IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians to include comprehensive pediatric care as well as orthopedic services such as joint replacement and sports medicine.

"The physicians of Southern Indiana Pediatrics see both Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital as our natural partners. Our goal has been to develop a network of care for children throughout our area that provides excellent care both in our office settings but also for those children who need to be hospitalized and /or receive pediatric subspecialty care. The goal is to look to the future and identify how we can sustain strong medical services in our community and provide specialty care as seamlessly as possible," says Jim Laughlin, MD, medical director of Southern Indiana Pediatrics. "We do not yet know what healthcare reform will bring but we know that healthcare is in transition. We firmly believe that physicians need to be leaders and shape healthcare transition as advocates for their patients. They need to work cooperatively in an integrated manner with healthcare systems and payers to develop better and more efficient ways to care for our patients. By actually being part of IU Health Bloomington Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health we have a greater opportunity to provide significant leadership in transforming the delivery of healthcare in our community and region for the benefit of our patients, and we are very excited about this opportunity."

Tim Steiner, MD, medical director of Orthopedics of Southern Indiana, agrees. "Because a large part of general medical care involves musculoskeletal problems, we believe that Orthopedics of Southern Indiana is a natural fit with adult and pediatric primary care as the foundation for the region’s IU Health network. The alliance will allow us to provide the same great care on which we built our practice"

Sandy DeWeese, long time administrator at Southern Indiana Pediatrics, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer of the IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians organization.

"Sandy, along with Dr. Laughlin, has provided key leadership to the Southern Indiana Pediatrics practice to make it what it is today - a busy practice with a great reputation in the community," says Ken Marshall, MD, chief medical officer at IU Health Bloomington Hospital and chair of the IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians Board of Directors. "When we saw the opportunity for Sandy to take a senior leadership role at IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, we jumped at it. Southern Indiana Pediatrics is a role model for how a physician practice should operate and care for its patients. We’re looking forward to Sandy joining our team and helping us improve all of our practices."

In addition to bringing specialty care into the IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians family, the group will also add two new facilities in the coming months. First, is a new primary care practice on Bloomington’s east side that will be similar to the practice opened last year on South Rogers Street. Second, is a pediatric outpatient center at the corner of Arlington Road and State Road 46 that will house Southern Indiana Pediatrics’ Ellettsville office, the IU Health Children’s Therapy Center and a Riley visiting specialist clinic.

Through all of these changes, the names of each practice and the staff at each office will remain the same. Patients will continue to see the same providers they always have and will continue to contact the physician offices at the same phone numbers as they currently do.

"We are thrilled to be integrating specialty care into IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians. We believe it will create more efficiencies in the system for our physicians and help provide for more coordinated care for our patients," says Dr. Marshall.

To find an IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians practice near you, visit iuhealth.org/bloomington or call 812.353.5252.

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About Southern Indiana Pediatrics

  • 20 healthcare providers at locations in Bloomington, Ellettsville and Bedford
  • Offers comprehensive pediatric primary care and urgent care

About Orthopedics of Southern Indiana

  • 8 surgeons and advanced practice providers in Bloomington
  • Offers orthopedic and sports medicine surgery services
  • Provides surgical services to patients served by Volunteers in Medicine

About IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians

  • 16 health care providers at locations in Bloomington, Ellettsville, Spencer, Gosport, Nashville and French Lick
  • Offers primary care, including family practice and internal medicine

New East Side Primary Care Facility

  • Will be home to six primary care providers
  • Targeted to open in late fall
  • 4,500 – 5,000 patient visits annually
  • 2,000 square feet
  • Developer: First Capital
  • Architect: Bynum Fanyo
  • Construction: Tony Fox

Ellettsville Pediatric Outpatient Center

  • Will allow Southern Indiana Pediatrics to expand its Ellettsville office, and be home to the IU Health Children’s Therapy Center, lab and X-ray services from IU Health Bloomington Hospital, and Riley visiting specialist clinic
  • 25,000 square feet
  • Developer: SIP Ellettsville, LLC
  • Architect: Bill Cooler Designs
  • Construction: Building Associates 

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