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IU Health announces site for new adult academic health center

IU Health announces site for new adult academic health center

  • IU Health announces site for new adult academic health center

| IndianapolisCampus supports collaboration with IU School of Medicine to advance excellence in clinical care, research and education

Indiana University Health recently announced the site selection of a new adult academic health center in downtown Indianapolis. The decision, driven by patient need and research, was one of several recommendations approved by the health system’s Board of Directors on Thursday, April 23.

The announcement brings into focus the nationally ranked health system’s vision for the future and its ongoing transformation into a new model of healthcare delivery for the 21st century. 

A vision for the future

The new center, which will consolidate the adult services of IU Health Methodist and University hospitals, will be located on a medical campus near the intersection of Capitol Avenue and 16th Street in downtown Indianapolis, with women’s services consolidated at or near Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, which will provide a focused, specialty care setting for mothers and their newborns. 

The entire project, which is also expected to upgrade and potentially repurpose some of IU Health's older facilities, will likely take several years to complete and require an investment of nearly $1 billion.

“We are developing a streamlined, more efficient adult academic health center to serve as our system’s primary referral center for patients with severe illnesses and complicated cases,” said Daniel F. Evans Jr., president and CEO, IU Health. “The medical campus will provide patients with access to specialists and subspecialists for complex care and will be a major part of IU Health’s statewide organized system of care.”

Because of its commitment to improving the health of its patients and communities, IU Health’s plan also includes the development of an array of ambulatory care services for residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown Indianapolis campus.

A vital connection to one of the nation’s largest medical schools

Along with an adult hospital, the envisioned medical campus will also maintain a vital connection with the Indiana University School of Medicine—the nation’s largest enrolled medical school.

Plans include having a medical education building and faculty offices on-site to enhance the school’s ongoing collaboration with IU Health and to support the statewide health system’s three-pronged mission of clinical care, research and education, which includes training future clinicians and delivering leading-edge medical research and innovation to the bedside.

“This is a tangible example of the strength of our partnership,” said Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and IU vice president for university clinical affairs. “This model of care maximizes our ability to benefit the patients of today and – through research and education – the patients of tomorrow.”  

The planning process and next steps

All of the above recommendations came after a year of intense research, analysis and stakeholder input. The 27-member planning team includes 16 physicians, including three IU School of Medicine chairs, along with other medical and nursing staff from IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. In addition, nine internal work groups assisted the planning team in making fact-based recommendations to the IU Health Board of Directors.

Now, with the board’s approval, the planning team has authority to proceed with space design and phasing logistics. The team will establish forums where patients and their families, as well as hundreds of physicians, nurses and other clinical team members, can provide vital input and express their ideas to improve the patient experience and create the best settings for better patient outcomes, as well as generate innovative ways to enhance research and education efforts. The design planning process is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

Other details—including the name of the new center, the specific number of beds the new campus will have and how IU Health University Hospital will be used in the years to come—are yet to be determined.

“Although it will be years before the new campus becomes a reality, I’m pleased that we now have a clear vision of our new model—where we will continue to fulfill our mission of serving the people of Indiana and beyond and deliver excellent care far into the future,” said Evans.

About Indiana University Health

Named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 18 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation's leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.

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