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Why put the hospital on IU’s campus?

IU Health, IU Health Bloomington and IU have strong partnerships in place to train the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals. We have worked together for many years and continuing to build this partnership makes sense. By locating the center on the IU campus and in such close proximity to many of IU’s health sciences programs, we will be able to further enhance care for our patients.

The location of the site within the city limits also provides access for patients via public transportation. There is potential for future growth at the location. Additionally, this location allows IU Health and IU to create a true regional academic health center and will facilitate expansion of health-related academic programming at IU.

When will construction begin?

Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2018.

When will the hospital be completed?

We expect it to be completed in 2020.

What is the budget for the program?

The budget for the IU Health Bloomington project is $344 million. And while we have big dreams for this new facility, we will be working through a rigorous process of planning, designing and approvals to make sure we can accomplish as many things on our wish list within the budget approved for the project.

How will the new regional academic health center benefit IU’s educational programming?

The regional academic health center will considerably expand the opportunities for health sciences education and research for innovative programs in inter-professional education as well as keep up with the increasing demand for practical experience for students in health-related disciplines, especially medicine, social work, nursing, hearing and speech sciences, public health, medical sciences, and dentistry.

How will the new patient care facility be different from the existing hospital?

The experience will be very different in this new, modern facility. All patient rooms will be private. In the existing hospital 56 percent of the patient beds are in semi-private rooms. The design will also improve the patient experience, including greater patient privacy through the use of patient transport areas, not visible to the general public. The existing hospital also has dedicated outpatient services designed to optimize efficiency. In the new complex, outpatient services will be in clearly defined areas which will be convenient for patients to access. A comprehensive cancer center, specialty physician offices, outpatient surgical suites, minor procedure area and a diagnostic center are also planned.

How have community and other stakeholders been involved in the planning process?

More than 500 patients, staff, nurses, physicians and community stakeholders participated in more than 100 working sessions to help plan for the new facility including visioning, information sessions, programmatic planning meetings, triad groups and briefings.

How big is the facility?

In total, it is 735,000 square feet. IU Health Bloomington is 620,000 square feet and IU’s academic space is 115,000 square feet.

How many beds will the facility have?

The amount of spaces for an outpatient and inpatient care is increasing from what we have today by 16.

The current IU Health Bloomington facility, largely designed for how healthcare was delivered in the 60’s and 70’s, has served the community well. Major and minor additions and renovations over the years have enabled us to continue to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

In recognition of the new realities of the healthcare industry IU Health is creating a vastly different care model that meets higher consumer expectations for efficiency, quality and patient and family experience. The new facility responds to the shift of surgeries and procedures to the outpatient environment with a significant increase in outpatient capacity. Likewise, it recognizes the regional and national trends of declining inpatient volume and will have fewer dedicated inpatient beds.

The facility nearly doubles the capacity care for critical inpatients as longer life expectancy creates inpatient demand from more complex patients. Overall, the facility provides the functional capacity to care for a greater number of patients across multiple care settings.

How will technology be improved in the new building?

Technology will be state-of-the-art and designed to facilitate the most advanced patient care. Innovations will include helping patients and families make better decisions about where to receive their care, how to make the care experience on campus as patient friendly and efficient as possible, and how to improve care giver communication with patients and families.

Will IU run the hospital?

No. Hospital leadership will remain the same and the hospital will remain an IU Health entity.

How is IU related to IU Health?

IU Health has a unique partnership with the IU School of Medicine with medical school students receiving training and helping conduct research at IU Health hospitals across the state. In addition, senior IU administrators serve on the IU Health Board of Directors in Indianapolis.

How does this project fit into the bigger IU Health vision?

IU Health strives to be a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service. By collaborating with IU, we will be developing a unique regional academic health campus, which will be unlike anything else in Indiana; a great innovation for the future of healthcare in our region. In addition, this partnership will allow us to focus even more on clinical research and education.

How is this better for patients?

By further enhancing our collaboration and partnership with IU, we’ll be developing an environment of constant learning and research. For our patients, this means that we will continually look for ways to improve care, we’ll be on the cutting edge of the future of medicine, and we’ll be finding new treatments and creating better standards of care with the future generation of doctors, nurses and healthcare providers.

What happens to the driving range and golf course?

The driving range will be relocated to the land currently being used as the par-3 golf course. The championship IU course will not be affected by this decision and will continue to serve the golfing community.

Will IU be building new buildings on this site too?

Yes, the current plans call for a new health education building to be constructed near the hospital in IU’s technology park site. Further academic building also is possible in the future in accordance to IU’s master plan.

How will people from outside of Monroe County access the hospital at this new location?

The IU site is still located on a major state road, which now has great access to State Road 37 and the new I-69. It’s actually just a mile further from the interstate than the previously considered North Park site. We believe this will be a site with easy access for people both locally and from outside of Monroe County.

Why would IU want to do this?

The creation of a regional academic health campus strengthens our already good relationship with IU Health, and will provide significant new academic opportunities for our students in important disciplines – both as result of increased opportunities to work with physicians at the hospital and through expanded educational facilities. This agreement also is consistent with the university’s plan to create a thriving technology park in this part of campus, which is already home to IU’s considerable information technology operations.

Finally, IU takes its responsibility as a community partner very seriously. IU is delighted to be able to play a role in keeping IU Health Bloomington Hospital in the city limits, which will benefit hospital employees and patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why put the hospital on IU’s campus?

IU Health, IU Health Bloomington and IU have strong partnerships in place to train the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals. We have worked together for many years and continuing to build this partnership makes sense. By locating the center on the IU campus and in such close proximity to many of IU’s health sciences programs, we will be able to further enhance care for our patients.

The location of the site within the city limits also provides access for patients via public transportation. There is potential for future growth at the location. Additionally, this location allows IU Health and IU to create a true regional academic health center and will facilitate expansion of health-related academic programming at IU.

When will construction begin?

Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2018.

When will the hospital be completed?

We expect it to be completed in 2020.

What is the budget for the program?

The budget for the IU Health Bloomington project is $344 million. And while we have big dreams for this new facility, we will be working through a rigorous process of planning, designing and approvals to make sure we can accomplish as many things on our wish list within the budget approved for the project.

How will the new regional academic health center benefit IU’s educational programming?

The regional academic health center will considerably expand the opportunities for health sciences education and research for innovative programs in inter-professional education as well as keep up with the increasing demand for practical experience for students in health-related disciplines, especially medicine, social work, nursing, hearing and speech sciences, public health, medical sciences, and dentistry.

How will the new patient care facility be different from the existing hospital?

The experience will be very different in this new, modern facility. All patient rooms will be private. In the existing hospital 56 percent of the patient beds are in semi-private rooms. The design will also improve the patient experience, including greater patient privacy through the use of patient transport areas, not visible to the general public. The existing hospital also has dedicated outpatient services designed to optimize efficiency. In the new complex, outpatient services will be in clearly defined areas which will be convenient for patients to access. A comprehensive cancer center, specialty physician offices, outpatient surgical suites, minor procedure area and a diagnostic center are also planned.

How have community and other stakeholders been involved in the planning process?

More than 500 patients, staff, nurses, physicians and community stakeholders participated in more than 100 working sessions to help plan for the new facility including visioning, information sessions, programmatic planning meetings, triad groups and briefings.

How big is the facility?

In total, it is 735,000 square feet. IU Health Bloomington is 620,000 square feet and IU’s academic space is 115,000 square feet.

How many beds will the facility have?

The amount of spaces for an outpatient and inpatient care is increasing from what we have today by 16.

The current IU Health Bloomington facility, largely designed for how healthcare was delivered in the 60’s and 70’s, has served the community well. Major and minor additions and renovations over the years have enabled us to continue to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

In recognition of the new realities of the healthcare industry IU Health is creating a vastly different care model that meets higher consumer expectations for efficiency, quality and patient and family experience. The new facility responds to the shift of surgeries and procedures to the outpatient environment with a significant increase in outpatient capacity. Likewise, it recognizes the regional and national trends of declining inpatient volume and will have fewer dedicated inpatient beds.

The facility nearly doubles the capacity care for critical inpatients as longer life expectancy creates inpatient demand from more complex patients. Overall, the facility provides the functional capacity to care for a greater number of patients across multiple care settings.

How will technology be improved in the new building?

Technology will be state-of-the-art and designed to facilitate the most advanced patient care. Innovations will include helping patients and families make better decisions about where to receive their care, how to make the care experience on campus as patient friendly and efficient as possible, and how to improve care giver communication with patients and families.

Will IU run the hospital?

No. Hospital leadership will remain the same and the hospital will remain an IU Health entity.

How is IU related to IU Health?

IU Health has a unique partnership with the IU School of Medicine with medical school students receiving training and helping conduct research at IU Health hospitals across the state. In addition, senior IU administrators serve on the IU Health Board of Directors in Indianapolis.

How does this project fit into the bigger IU Health vision?

IU Health strives to be a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service. By collaborating with IU, we will be developing a unique regional academic health campus, which will be unlike anything else in Indiana; a great innovation for the future of healthcare in our region. In addition, this partnership will allow us to focus even more on clinical research and education.

How is this better for patients?

By further enhancing our collaboration and partnership with IU, we’ll be developing an environment of constant learning and research. For our patients, this means that we will continually look for ways to improve care, we’ll be on the cutting edge of the future of medicine, and we’ll be finding new treatments and creating better standards of care with the future generation of doctors, nurses and healthcare providers.

What happens to the driving range and golf course?

The driving range will be relocated to the land currently being used as the par-3 golf course. The championship IU course will not be affected by this decision and will continue to serve the golfing community.

Will IU be building new buildings on this site too?

Yes, the current plans call for a new health education building to be constructed near the hospital in IU’s technology park site. Further academic building also is possible in the future in accordance to IU’s master plan.

How will people from outside of Monroe County access the hospital at this new location?

The IU site is still located on a major state road, which now has great access to State Road 37 and the new I-69. It’s actually just a mile further from the interstate than the previously considered North Park site. We believe this will be a site with easy access for people both locally and from outside of Monroe County.

Why would IU want to do this?

The creation of a regional academic health campus strengthens our already good relationship with IU Health, and will provide significant new academic opportunities for our students in important disciplines – both as result of increased opportunities to work with physicians at the hospital and through expanded educational facilities. This agreement also is consistent with the university’s plan to create a thriving technology park in this part of campus, which is already home to IU’s considerable information technology operations.

Finally, IU takes its responsibility as a community partner very seriously. IU is delighted to be able to play a role in keeping IU Health Bloomington Hospital in the city limits, which will benefit hospital employees and patients.