News Conference to Announce New Location of IU Health Bloomington Hospital and Establishment of Academic Health Center

Tent north of and adjacent to 45/46 Bypass
Bloomington, Indiana
April 17, 2015

Good morning.

I’m Michael McRobbie, president of Indiana University.

I want to thank all of you for joining us today for what, I am sure, will be a memorable day for the city of Bloomington.

We are joined this morning by a distinguished group of representatives from Indiana University Health, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, state and local government officials, and representatives of the faculty and administration of Indiana University Bloomington.

I am especially pleased to welcome two members of the Indiana University Board of Trustees who are with us today: Randy Tobias of Carmel, chair of the trustees, and incidentally, vice-chair of the IU Health Board; and Phil Eskew, Jr. of North Webster, Indiana.

Today, we are very delighted to make a number of announcements that will constitute a true milestone in the history of health care for our city, for southern Indiana, and for the entire state.

To begin these announcements, I am very pleased to welcome the President and CEO of IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Mark Moore.

Mark?

[Mark Moore spoke, announcing the hospital’s new location. He introduced Dan Evans, who announced the future establishment of an IU/IU Health Academic Health Center, after which he invited President McRobbie back to the podium.]

Thank you, Dan (Evans).

I am very pleased to announce that—in addition to the decision to locate the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital here on IU property—that Indiana University will bring together most of the IU Bloomington academic health science programs, and, we expect, additional programs, into one place, to be co-located with the new IU Bloomington Hospital, thus creating what will be the most comprehensive academic health campus in the state outside of Indianapolis.

This, in turn, will greatly expand the opportunities for health sciences education and research at IU Bloomington, for innovative new programs in inter-professional education and for new clinical services at the new hospital.

IU Bloomington currently has an extensive portfolio of academic, research, and clinical health science programs—the largest collection of health sciences programs in the state outside of Indianapolis.

These include the Medical Sciences Program, which is part of the IU School of Medicine, as well as programs in Nursing, Social Work, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Optometry, and Public Health.

But these outstanding programs have been constrained by space.

The Medical Sciences and Nursing programs, in particular, have long suffered from aging and cramped facilities.

Their current facilities constrain their capacity to expand enrollment, hamper their ability to offer modern training techniques, and limit faculty research space, and therefore, research opportunities and funding.

To meet the substantial demand for increased numbers of physicians in our state, the IU School of Medicine has expanded the capacity of its eight Centers for Medical Education around the state—including in Bloomington’s Medical Sciences Program, the school’s largest program outside of Indianapolis. The Bloomington program could increase its enrollment from an entering class of 36 to approximately 50 students per year, but is challenged by aging and limited facilities.

The IU Bloomington School of Nursing turns away between 200 and 250 qualified applicants each year, many of whom have excellent academic records. Given adequate teaching and research space, the program could eventually double in enrollment. In the shorter term, the program will increase enrollment by about 20 students each year and work to develop new degree programs to meet evolving market demands for nursing specialties.

Expanding these and our other health sciences education programs will allow us to serve additional students, thus helping to address the acute shortage of healthcare workers in the state.

It has been said that no factor has been more important to the extraordinary achievements of medical practice in the United States in the last century—a major increase in life expectancy, declining infant mortality, control of infectious diseases, and important advances against cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke—than the country’s academic health centers.1

I am delighted that IU and IU Health—who together comprise the state’s largest employer—will be able to expand what is already a truly productive partnership to bring to Bloomington and south-central Indiana some of the benefits and services associated with our large-scale, comprehensive academic health center in Indianapolis.

With the proximity of the new site to IU’s technology park, we will be able to leverage one of the most advanced information technology environments in the world to offer state-of the-art training technologies to our students and to support health sciences faculty research.

I am also enormously pleased that Indiana University will be able play a role in keeping IU Health Bloomington Hospital in the city, on a site that offers access via public transportation and major highways and offers room for future growth.

The announcements we have made today reaffirm that Indiana University and Indiana University Health share a commitment to excellence and a commitment to the people of Indiana.

IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital have been—and will continue to be—great partners in supporting Indiana University’s mission of educational and research excellence.

My thanks to Mark Moore of IU Health Bloomington Hospital, to Dan Evans of IU Health, to their respective boards, and to all members of the community who have worked together to reach this milestone.

I also want to thank a number of Indiana University colleagues whose dedicated efforts have helped make today’s announcements possible: IU Executive Vice President and Bloomington Provost, Lauren Robel; Vice President for University Clinical Affairs and Dean of the IU School of Medicine, Jay Hess; Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities, Tom Morrison; Vice President and General Counsel, Jackie Simmons; Vice President for Engagement, Bill Stephan; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MaryFrances McCourt; and Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Health Sciences, David Daleke.

We greatly look forward to our continued partnership with IU Health and Bloomington Hospital as we work together to support the highest quality research, clinical care, education, and workforce development in the health sciences, and to more effectively serve the health needs of all Hoosiers.

And now, it is my pleasure to introduce the mayor of the City of Bloomington, Mark Kruzan.

Mayor Kruzan?

Source Notes

  1. Kenneth M. Ludmerer, Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care, (Oxford University Press, 1999), xix.