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IU Health Arnett gift to Purdue University supports medical education


Lyles-Porter Hall is named in honor of a $10 million 2009 gift from Marybeth Lyles Higuera of Visalia, Calif. This new building, which will house the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; the Indiana University School of Medicine – Lafayette on the campus of Purdue; and other health programs, will be located at the […]

Lyles-Porter Hall will house the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette, along with the Purdue Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and other health programs.

In recognition of the investment, a collaborative learning studio in Lyles-Porter Hall will be named for IU Health Arnett.

“We are making this investment to support the medical education that is taking place in our community and the training of our future physicians,” said Al Gatmaitan, IU Health Arnett chief executive officer. “IU Health Arnett values team-based health care, and this commitment will enhance our local medical education experience.”

“The cooperation and partnership between Indiana University, the IU School of Medicine, Purdue and Greater Lafayette hospitals has laid the foundation for the medical school’s new facility on the Purdue campus,” IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater, M.D., said. “The commitment by IU Health Arnett will help make this vision become a reality. Together we will continue to educate the health care professionals that we need to care for families and loved ones.”

Each year 32 first- and second-year IU medical students are placed at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette medical education center on the Purdue campus. Lyles-Porter Hall is expected to open in 2014. IU School of Medicine-Lafayette currently is housed in Lynn Hall.

“With our move to Lyles-Porter Hall, we will be able to house the planned increase to 48 students with a maximum capacity of 64 students in the first two years of their studies, ” said Gordon Coppoc, associate dean of the IU School of Medicine and director of the IU School of Medicine-Lafayette. “Thanks to generous supporters like IU Health Arnett, the IU School of Medicine Purdue campus facilities in which these future physicians train will better facilitate the modern, robust curriculum. Exam rooms, space for a simulated mannequin and other areas will provide an environment more appropriate for medical training. These students may well end up practicing medicine in the Greater Lafayette area.”

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences also has a partnership with the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in its Doctor of Audiology Program.

“Lyles-Porter Hall will benefit a large number of students studying in a variety of areas related to health,” said Christine Ladisch, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. “We are very appreciative of the partnership with IU Health Arnett and grateful for their help in providing these students with a world-class facility.”

Lyles-Porter Hall, with 61,000 assignable square feet, will be located at the northwest corner of Harrison and University streets in an area of campus known as the Life and Health Sciences Park.

The collaborative learning studio will be a high-tech classroom designed for small-group and team learning experiences. It will seat up to 63 students at seven round tables.

Lyles-Porter Hall is named in honor of Purdue alumna Marybeth Lyles-Porter Higuera of Visalia, Calif. Higuera is a former speech pathologist who earned her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1959.