Like in Bloomington, but on a larger scale, a medical education building, funded by IU Health, will also be constructed and co-located with the hospital as part of this initiative. This facility will house faculty and students from the IU School of Medicine, and will represent a tremendous improvement on most of the medical education and research spaces currently used by the School of Medicine. IU will also construct a large research facility as part of the overall academic health center.
When complete, the academic health center comprising the new hospital and the new medical education facilities—and which also will include the recently constructed IU Neuroscience Research Building and the adjacent IU Health neuroscience clinical facility—will provide a major leap forward in medical care and research in Indiana’s largest city and in the whole state.
The School of Medicine faculty has warmly received this decision, and Dr. Jay Hess, vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the IU School of Medicine, spoke of its importance at the time of the announcement when he said:
“This is a tangible example of the strength of our partnership. This model of care maximizes our ability to benefit the patients of today and—through research and education—the patients of tomorrow.”
It is important to note that while a good deal of medical education and research activity is expected to move to the new IU Health academic health center, the core IUPUI campus will continue to remain home to a large array of other health sciences programs and hospital facilities. As I have written in the past year, the university is in the process of planning for the future use of the former Wishard Hospital site and that work continues.
Both of these exciting developments are in their early stages, and a great deal of work remains to be done before the first ground is broken, much yet hospitals and medical education buildings are constructed. It is expected that the IU Health Bloomington Hospital will take at least five years to build, while the Indianapolis project likely will take seven to 10 years.
Still, the vision we have with our tremendous partners at IU Health of creating comprehensive academic health centers on or near our two largest campuses is immensely exciting for its potential to move IU forward as a leader in medical and health sciences education and research, and even more importantly, for what it means to improving long-term health outcomes across the state of Indiana.
Thank you very much again for your continued support of Indiana University.
With best wishes,
Michael A. McRobbie
President, Indiana University