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Groundbreaking For IU Health Regional Academic Health Center
Updated January 17, 2018 8:53 AM
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From left, IU Health and IU leaders Matt Bailey, Lauren Robel, Michael A. McRobbie and Dennis Murphy ceremonially break ground on the new Regional Academic Health Center. Photo from News at IU Bloomington.
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Community leaders, Indiana University faculty, staff and students, and health care providers gathered Tuesday to celebrate the official ceremonial groundbreaking of the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington.

Expected to be completed in 2020, work is underway to secure and prep the site, and moving earth will begin in the next few weeks.

The more than 700,000-square-foot complex will serve Bloomington and the surrounding region and will include a cancer center, surgical services, a women's center, neonatal intensive care, physician offices and a trauma center. A state-of-the-art healthcare simulation center used to train students and clinicians on new patient care techniques will be shared by IU Health and IU.

It will also include the new 115,000-square-foot IU Academic Health Sciences Building, which will consolidate most of the academic health science programs on the IU Bloomington campus, including those in medicine, nursing, social work, and speech and hearing. It will also include a new program in dentistry.

The new state-of-the-art facility will bring together multiple medical specialties and outpatient services into one convenient setting. It will also provide a unique and innovation-driven environment in which IU and IU Health can partner to teach future generations of health care professionals.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie says the Academic Health Sciences Building will provide much-needed opportunities for growth for the IU Bloomington health sciences programs. This will enable IU to increase the number of students in these programs, thus helping to address the acute shortage of healthcare workers in the state. When complete, it will house about 100 faculty and staff, and train about 1,000 students.

Funding for this building will come from Big Ten Network revenue, representing a major contribution by athletics in support of the academic mission of the university.

For more information on this story visit News at IU Bloomington.

For additional details on the project, please the Bloomington Build webpage.

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