State's first regional academic health campus announced

April 16, 2015

IUSM Dean Jay Hess, M.D., Ph.D., addresses those gathered for the announcement by IU and IU Health of a new regional academic health campus to open on the Bloomington campus. IU Health Bloomington Hospital will be the centerpiece of the project. | Photo By Eric Rudd, IU Communications

Indiana University, IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital on Wednesday reached agreement to create the state’s first regional academic health campus outside Indianapolis on the IU Bloomington campus.

The centerpiece of the plan is an agreement to relocate IU Health Bloomington Hospital from its current location in downtown Bloomington to a site adjacent to the IU Technology Park on the Bloomington campus. In addition, IU has plans to build a health sciences education building on the site to expand and co-locate many of its health sciences programs near the hospital. The site also offers room for future expansion to accommodate the type of ancillary medical facilities typically associated with a large hospital.

"The unique partnership between IU and IU Health allows both institutions to leverage their scale and expertise to serve patients across Indiana in ways that would otherwise not be possible," said Jay Hess, M.D., Ph.D., vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the IU School of Medicine. "This latest collaboration will significantly improve the quality of health care-related education offered at IU Bloomington as well as patient outcomes for all those served by IU Health Bloomington Hospital."