Three years ago, Westview Hospital, located on the west side of Indianapolis, had almost 70 beds. But amid falling demand, the osteopathic hospital stopped offering inpatient care a year ago. This week, Community Health Network, which became affiliated with the hospital five years ago, announced it will close Westview at the end of this year. It was the last remaining osteopathic hospital in Indiana.
In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Charles Henley, DO, MPH, noted that in a sense, the closure is a testament to DOs’ acceptance within the American house of medicine. Dr. Henley, who serves as associate dean for clinical affairs at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, told the newspaper: “It is a shame. We like to maintain some individuality. We like to see our facilities utilized and maintained, but osteopathic physicians no longer need to be in an osteopathic hospital. They are accepted everywhere.”
Westview Hospital’s closure also reflects the struggle smaller hospitals can face to stay afloat, Dr. Henley noted. “[Westview Hospital] has a history. I think a lot of the osteopathic physicians who have been here a long time are sad to see it go,” he told the Star. “Community Health has been a good steward of the program. They came into this in good faith, but I just think the economics of health care are such that sometimes there are a lot of headwinds and you sometimes have to make hard decisions.”
To learn more, read the Indianapolis Star’s coverage of the hospital closure.