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IU Health reveals plans for new adult academic health center campus


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University Health, a key clinical partner with the Indiana University School of Medicine, announced Friday it will build a new academic health center, including a consolidated adult services hospital, on a medical campus centered at Capitol Avenue and 16th Street in downtown Indianapolis.

Women’s services, with a focused, specialty care setting for mothers and newborns, will be consolidated at or near Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health on the IU School of Medicine campus.

“We are developing a streamlined, more efficient adult academic health center to serve as our system’s principal referral center for patients with severe illnesses and complex cases,” said Dan Evans, 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.”

The new medical campus will include a strong IU School of Medicine presence with a new medical education building, faculty offices and expanded research facilities.

“This is an extremely positive advance and a tangible example of the strength of our partnership,” said Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., IU vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the IU School of Medicine.

“This model of care maximizes our ability to benefit the patients of today and – through research and education – the patients of tomorrow,” Dr. Hess said.

The timeline for the project is not yet defined; however, other projects of this size have taken seven or more years. The design planning will take 18 to 24 months and will involve input from hundreds of patients, their families, nurses, physicians and other clinical staff, IU Health said. The full medical campus is anticipated to be complete within 10 years.