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Construction of our new medical campus is a collaborative project between Indiana University Health and Indiana University and is scheduled to open sometime in 2021 on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. The campus will be a destination for fitness, healing, learning and wellness. The care we provide will thrive in an environment of compassion, communication and collaboration. IU Health is working to ensure that the new facility will provide a variety of healthcare services for patients, including the following:

  • A facility to accommodate outpatient services such as office visits with specialty care physicians and diagnostic testing
  • A new complex to replace the existing Indiana University Bloomington Hospital providing inpatient services that will range from intensive care services, complex surgeries and labor and delivery
  • A Women’s Center for obstetrics, a neonatal intensive care nursery, and other perinatal services
  • Outpatient or same day surgeries not requiring an overnight stay
  • An emergency department that provides specialized care for conditions such as strokes, heart attacks or injuries to hands, limbs, etc.
  • A trauma center to treat severe injuries resulting from incidents such as automobile accidents, entailing multiple fractures, acute spine injuries, and brain injuries
  • The campus will also have a facility that will be dedicated to the education of university students studying various health science disciplines.

We invite you to check back for updates on our progress.

IU Health Bloomington at the Regional Academic Health Center

Construction of our new medical campus is a collaborative project between Indiana University Health and Indiana University and is scheduled to open sometime in 2021 on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. The campus will be a destination for fitness, healing, learning and wellness. The care we provide will thrive in an environment of compassion, communication and collaboration. IU Health is working to ensure that the new facility will provide a variety of healthcare services for patients, including the following:

  • A facility to accommodate outpatient services such as office visits with specialty care physicians and diagnostic testing
  • A new complex to replace the existing Indiana University Bloomington Hospital providing inpatient services that will range from intensive care services, complex surgeries and labor and delivery
  • A Women’s Center for obstetrics, a neonatal intensive care nursery, and other perinatal services
  • Outpatient or same day surgeries not requiring an overnight stay
  • An emergency department that provides specialized care for conditions such as strokes, heart attacks or injuries to hands, limbs, etc.
  • A trauma center to treat severe injuries resulting from incidents such as automobile accidents, entailing multiple fractures, acute spine injuries, and brain injuries
  • The campus will also have a facility that will be dedicated to the education of university students studying various health science disciplines.

We invite you to check back for updates on our progress.

RAHC Interior Renderings

While these images are not final, they do give you a glimpse of what our new campus will look like on the inside. Take a look at our lobby, dining area and a few patient rooms.

Interior Concepts December 2018
RAHC Interior Design Reveal Event

Getting Together with Indiana University

IU Health Bloomington hosted our colleagues from IU for an event that will lay the foundation so that the two organizations will be ready to have a closer working relationship when the RAHC is up and running.

Exploring Opportunities with IU

Interior Concept Renderings

Here are some early conceptual renderings of interiors for the Regional Academic Health Center. Please click on the media gallery to browse.

RAHC Interior Concepts

Indiana University and IU Health jointly hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for IU Health Bloomington and IU’s Regional Academic Health Center. The event was held at Henke Hall of Champions on the campus of IU in Bloomington. Over 250 people attended the ceremony led by IU President Michael McRobbie, IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy and President of IU Health South Central Region, Matt Bailey.

Mr. Bailey reflected on the meaning of such an important milestone, “This is truly a transformational day in the history of Indiana University Health -- a day that sees us fulfilling a commitment to the community of Bloomington and the entire southern region of Indiana, while at the same time marking the launch of a new and different model of care that will shape how future care is delivered across the IU Health system.”

Work on the site of what was once the IU Golf Course driving range is set to begin in the next few weeks with construction scheduled to be completed on the facility near the end of 2020.

IU Health Bloomington and IU’s Regional Academic Health Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Indiana University and IU Health jointly hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for IU Health Bloomington and IU’s Regional Academic Health Center. The event was held at Henke Hall of Champions on the campus of IU in Bloomington. Over 250 people attended the ceremony led by IU President Michael McRobbie, IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy and President of IU Health South Central Region, Matt Bailey.

Mr. Bailey reflected on the meaning of such an important milestone, “This is truly a transformational day in the history of Indiana University Health -- a day that sees us fulfilling a commitment to the community of Bloomington and the entire southern region of Indiana, while at the same time marking the launch of a new and different model of care that will shape how future care is delivered across the IU Health system.”

Work on the site of what was once the IU Golf Course driving range is set to begin in the next few weeks with construction scheduled to be completed on the facility near the end of 2020.

As we celebrate groundbreaking for our new facility, we also look ahead to how we'll "breaking new ground" in patient care, research and education. Watch.

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Watch the entire Groundbreaking Ceremony for IU Health Bloomington & IU's Regional Academic Health Center

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January Groundbreaking Event

Groundbreaking

Construction for IU Health Bloomington at the Regional Academic Health Center will break ground very soon. IU Health hosted two Open House events in the main lobby of IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The events were free and open to the public. Experts from IU Health, as well as vendors working on the project, were on hand to answer questions and discuss planning for IU Health Bloomington and the Regional Academic Health Center. Participants had the opportunity to learn about site and building design, the IU and IU Health Partnership, as well as parking and traffic. There was even an area for participants to leave a public comment or question for the project team.

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IU Health Bloomington Open House Events

Construction for IU Health Bloomington at the Regional Academic Health Center will break ground very soon. IU Health hosted two Open House events in the main lobby of IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The events were free and open to the public. Experts from IU Health, as well as vendors working on the project, were on hand to answer questions and discuss planning for IU Health Bloomington and the Regional Academic Health Center. Participants had the opportunity to learn about site and building design, the IU and IU Health Partnership, as well as parking and traffic. There was even an area for participants to leave a public comment or question for the project team.

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Highlights from Our Open House

IU Health hosted an Open House at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in December of 2017. The event was open to the public and showcased our plans for the RAHC. Here are some highlights

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Official Public Notice:

Notice of Public Meetings
Indiana University Health
December 6, 2017

Indiana University Health will hold two public meetings from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in the main lobby of IU Health Bloomington Hospital at 601 West 2nd Street in Bloomington, Ind., regarding the construction of IU Health Bloomington at the Regional Academic Health Center.

The campus aims to replace an outdated facility. Medicine has changed dramatically since the construction of the original Bloomington Hospital, and these changes are having a major impact on planning to ensure the replacement healthcare facility will serve the community well into the future.

The proposed location is on the former site of the IU golf driving range on 75 acres just off the SR 45/46 bypass adjacent to IU Technology Park. IU Health is working to ensure that the new campus will provide a variety of healthcare services for patients, including:

  • A new complex to replace the existing Indiana University Bloomington Hospital providing inpatient services
  • A facility to accommodate outpatient services such as office visits with specialty care physicians and diagnostic testing
  • A women’s center for obstetrics, a neonatal intensive care nursery and other perinatal services
  • Outpatient or same-day surgeries not requiring an overnight stay
  • An emergency department that provides specialized care
  • A trauma center to treat severe injuries resulting from incidents
  • A facility dedicated to the education of university students studying various health science disciplines

The project cost is estimated at $344 million. Representatives will be available to answer questions on the following topics: site plan, parking and safety, EMS, traffic and roads, employment, contractors, IU/IU Health academic partnership, model of care, site and building design, sustainability and environmental plan as well as the Bloomington Hospital Foundation. The meetings will be open to the public.

Said hearings will be held in accordance with IC 16-21-2-11.5.

Though officially work won’t begin on the future site of IU Health Bloomington until after the first of the year, contractor F.A. Wilhelm has begun preparing the property for the beginning of the construction phase.

“Between now and the end of the year we will be securing the complete site, installing fencing and gates,” describes Doug May F.A. Wilhelm Superintendent for the project, “ We will also install temporary construction entrances and parking, layout controls, as well as set-up our temporary offices.”

It is anticipated that the construction phase will begin sometime in early January. IU and IU Health will celebrate the official start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 16.

IU Health Bloomington Site Work Begins

Though officially work won’t begin on the future site of IU Health Bloomington until after the first of the year, contractor F.A. Wilhelm has begun preparing the property for the beginning of the construction phase.

“Between now and the end of the year we will be securing the complete site, installing fencing and gates,” describes Doug May F.A. Wilhelm Superintendent for the project, “ We will also install temporary construction entrances and parking, layout controls, as well as set-up our temporary offices.”

It is anticipated that the construction phase will begin sometime in early January. IU and IU Health will celebrate the official start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 16.

IU Health Bloomington at Regional Academic Health Center Exterior Design

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved exterior design and a revised site plan for IU Health Bloomington at the Regional Academic Health Center. The site of our new home is located at what is now the current IU Golf Course Driving Range on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. We are pleased to be able to show you the renderings of what our new campus will look like. Construction is set to begin early in 2018 and we anticipate it will be completed by sometime in late 2020.


Fact

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Site

  • Will include trails that provide wellness opportunities to campus visitors and the community at large.

Architecture

  • Indiana limestone, historically present throughout Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, is blended with brick highlights which are indicative of Indiana University Health facilities throughout the state.

Design

  • Overall facility includes approximately 620,000 square feet for in-patient and out-patient clinical services and approximately 115,000 square feet for academic instruction.

Patient/Family Experience

  • Private pre- and post-operative patient and family space.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Designed to be a sustainable development which includes native plantings, prairie grasses and bioswells that capture water runoff and purify it.

Has anyone reading this ever built a new hospital with an ambulatory care center and clinic building for specialty physician practices all on one campus? If you said no, you’re not alone. Though much work has been done on the project over the past 2 years, IU Health and its physicians, staff and project team needed to slow down and develop a game plan. We needed a playbook to use to help us make critical decisions as the project moves forward.

During the last week in June, staff, providers, leadership and our partners gathered to start working on our playbook or functional programming for each department and service. Everyone was divided up into their respective vertical or horizontal triads to begin this important process. A Triad is a group comprised of 3 leaders that will work together on planning for a specific area of our new campus. Think of these playbooks as an owner’s manual. They will tell us what we need in the space and how we’re going to use the space which in turn will help influence design and development of each area in our new facility like our ED, Cath Lab and our new Cancer Center.

“We want to make sure that as we expand on this vision and expand on what our new world will look like, we’re capturing it,” said Christy Hackerd RN, Quality Improvement Consultant with the project team, “This is all going to feed in to training, education, and how we work. It’s going to inform how we operate when we show up on day one and open our doors.”

After the week long kick-off event, the teams will have most of the rest of the summer to finish writing their playbooks. On Sept. 1st, the project will resume the design and development phase for each internal area and department. The functional playbooks will play a large roll in informing this phase as we get closer and closer to groundbreaking.

Building On Our Promise: Writing Our Playbook

Has anyone reading this ever built a new hospital with an ambulatory care center and clinic building for specialty physician practices all on one campus? If you said no, you’re not alone. Though much work has been done on the project over the past 2 years, IU Health and its physicians, staff and project team needed to slow down and develop a game plan. We needed a playbook to use to help us make critical decisions as the project moves forward.

During the last week in June, staff, providers, leadership and our partners gathered to start working on our playbook or functional programming for each department and service. Everyone was divided up into their respective vertical or horizontal triads to begin this important process. A Triad is a group comprised of 3 leaders that will work together on planning for a specific area of our new campus. Think of these playbooks as an owner’s manual. They will tell us what we need in the space and how we’re going to use the space which in turn will help influence design and development of each area in our new facility like our ED, Cath Lab and our new Cancer Center.

“We want to make sure that as we expand on this vision and expand on what our new world will look like, we’re capturing it,” said Christy Hackerd RN, Quality Improvement Consultant with the project team, “This is all going to feed in to training, education, and how we work. It’s going to inform how we operate when we show up on day one and open our doors.”

After the week long kick-off event, the teams will have most of the rest of the summer to finish writing their playbooks. On Sept. 1st, the project will resume the design and development phase for each internal area and department. The functional playbooks will play a large roll in informing this phase as we get closer and closer to groundbreaking.

Sharing the Vision

IU Health Bloomington Hospital was the host for Visioning Day. The day brought together the teams tasked with leading the transformation of the care model, processes and practices for the new campus. Clinical leaders, IU Health providers, Indiana University and Ivy Tech leaders, design consultants, and more gathered in Wegmiller Auditorium on the campus of IU Health Bloomington Hospital to learn and work together. The half-day event was planned to help with alignment around the vision for the new campus project amongst key stakeholders. Alignment with the core vision for the campus is crucial as the clinical and non-clinical Triads begin their work. A Triad is a work group tasked with leading the planning processes for different key areas, services and departments. Michael Melby, Director of Clinical Integration and Activation for the project told the group: “When we asked the Triad Leaders to complete a gap analysis between the current state and future state care models we received feedback from nearly every group that they could not complete the work because they had inadequate information to define future state.” The purpose of Visioning Day became making sure the Triad leaders all shared the vision of that desired state before they left the meeting to begin work in their respective areas.

In addition to informative presentations from the Advisory Board, IU Health system Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Gottlieb, MD, as well as Tom Morrison Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities at Indiana University, participants stepped through a detailed presentation about the new campus and the vision and mission for the project. That presentation was given by IU Health Bloomington Hospital Chief Medical Officer Ken Marshall, MD, Chief Nursing Officer, Linda Lewis, RN and South Central Region Chief Operating Officer, Brian Shockney. It provided a look at where we’re headed and what will be used to guide us as we move the project forward.

“The information was very timely and the engagement from the regional partners was excellent and encouraging,” said Riley Physicians Bloomington Pediatric Medical Director Jim Laughlin, MD. “Now we collectively need to make things happen.”

Planning for the new campus is moving out of the schematic design phase and into the design and development phase.

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Every project, no matter how large or small, needs a road map, a path to follow from inception to completion. And the building of our new campus is certainly no exception. But before that road map could be created we needed to come up with a vision followed by core guiding principles that would define the beginning of this exciting journey.

Visioning Summary: We asked what we wanted patients to experience and came up with key words such as compassion, collaboration, welcoming, calming, healing and diversity. We also wanted to define the sense of place via a compelling campus using natural light and nature. A place that’s both peaceful and life affirming. Next we turned to our operations and felt that would be defined by our best-in-class technology that would contribute to better outcomes and outstanding patient care. We also wanted to demonstrate that these plans would lead to a facility that would set a benchmark for patient safety, security and dignity while at the same time would be flexible, efficient and live up to a superior clinical standard. Lastly, we wanted to create a vision for a campus within a campus that would foster education. Where students could learn and thrive alongside medical professionals while integrating education, practice and research.

Guiding Principles: After visioning was complete, we worked on the guiding principles that continue to leads us as we planned for our new facility. Simply put, these are set of principles we used as we moved in the planning phase of this project.

  • Manage Patients leveraging the entire care continuum on our campus
  • Focus on Prevention and Wellness
  • Patient Centered Care – Minimize Movements and Hand-offs of Patients
  • Direct patients to the most appropriate care setting
  • Maximize Efficiency/Minimize Cost with Planned Events
  • Build in Short-term and Long-term Flexibility

Vision and Guiding Principles

Every project, no matter how large or small, needs a road map, a path to follow from inception to completion. And the building of our new campus is certainly no exception. But before that road map could be created we needed to come up with a vision followed by core guiding principles that would define the beginning of this exciting journey.

Visioning Summary: We asked what we wanted patients to experience and came up with key words such as compassion, collaboration, welcoming, calming, healing and diversity. We also wanted to define the sense of place via a compelling campus using natural light and nature. A place that’s both peaceful and life affirming. Next we turned to our operations and felt that would be defined by our best-in-class technology that would contribute to better outcomes and outstanding patient care. We also wanted to demonstrate that these plans would lead to a facility that would set a benchmark for patient safety, security and dignity while at the same time would be flexible, efficient and live up to a superior clinical standard. Lastly, we wanted to create a vision for a campus within a campus that would foster education. Where students could learn and thrive alongside medical professionals while integrating education, practice and research.

Guiding Principles: After visioning was complete, we worked on the guiding principles that continue to leads us as we planned for our new facility. Simply put, these are set of principles we used as we moved in the planning phase of this project.

  • Manage Patients leveraging the entire care continuum on our campus
  • Focus on Prevention and Wellness
  • Patient Centered Care – Minimize Movements and Hand-offs of Patients
  • Direct patients to the most appropriate care setting
  • Maximize Efficiency/Minimize Cost with Planned Events
  • Build in Short-term and Long-term Flexibility

IU Health Bloomington Hospital and the City of Bloomington announced an agreement that includes plans for the reuse of the IU Health Bloomington Hospital campus. Below is the joint media release of that agreement as well as a letter of intent fact sheet and map of the campus. Also, below are photos from the joint news conference held at City Hall.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Site Reuse Media Release

LOI Fact Sheet for Site Reuse

Hospital

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Site Reuse

IU Health Bloomington Hospital and the City of Bloomington announced an agreement that includes plans for the reuse of the IU Health Bloomington Hospital campus. Below is the joint media release of that agreement as well as a letter of intent fact sheet and map of the campus. Also, below are photos from the joint news conference held at City Hall.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Site Reuse Media Release

LOI Fact Sheet for Site Reuse

Hospital

Site Reuse

Site Reuse

IU Health Bloomington is excited to locate our new facility on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. In addition to being on the campus of a major university, this move allows us to work side by side with professionals training the next generation of professionals in a variety of health sciences including:

  1. Medical sciences
  2. Nursing/IPE/Simulation Labs
  3. Social Work
  4. Dentistry
  5. Imaging and Medical Physics
  6. Speech and Hearing

​ Synergy with IU

IU Health Bloomington is excited to locate our new facility on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. In addition to being on the campus of a major university, this move allows us to work side by side with professionals training the next generation of professionals in a variety of health sciences including:

  1. Medical sciences
  2. Nursing/IPE/Simulation Labs
  3. Social Work
  4. Dentistry
  5. Imaging and Medical Physics
  6. Speech and Hearing