'Cutting-Edge' Center Progressing in Fort Wayne

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Parkview Health officials have marked a major milestone in the construction of a $20 million facility in Fort Wayne. A topping off ceremony was held Tuesday for the Mirro Center for Research and Education. The 90-room center is set to be complete early next year and will feature translational research, clinical trials and medical simulations. July 29, 2014

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Parkview leaders and employees today joined community members and supporters to celebrate the topping off of the Mirro Center for Research and Education. The state-of-the-art facility is possible following millions in donations from donors throughout northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. The new facility, located on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus, will be among just a few research and education centers within the United States that are affiliated with a not-for-profit community hospital. Other facilities performing similar work include Mayo and Cleveland clinics.

The Mirro Center for Research and Education will be nearly 82,000 sq. ft. with more than 90 rooms. The Mirro Center's work will focus on translational research, device and pharmaceutical clinical trials, and education for medical professionals and their patients. The Mirro Center will offer cutting-edge medical simulation, classrooms and more.

"The Mirro Center will allow Parkview to improve patient care through access to new trials and research, education and medical simulation," said Michael Mirro, chief academic research officer, Parkview Health. "This cutting-edge facility and its capabilities could potentially provide Parkview the opportunity to find ways that could save improve upon the quality of or even save lives and change the landscape of health care delivery for the better."

To date, numerous community members and foundations from around the region have donated more than $4M towards the facility. These donations represent the largest cumulative philanthropic campaign since the opening of Parkview Hospital Randallia in 1953.

"Parkview's service to this community reaches back to 1878 and its history of providing excellent care to our community has been, in large part, due to the generosity of donors who have supported excellent patient care over the years," said Larry Rowland, executive director, Parkview Foundation. "The generosity that we have witnessed throughout this successful fundraising campaign proves that people in our region are very excited about what this project will mean for the future of patient care and research in our region."

Construction on The Mirro Center is anticipated to be complete in early 2015. The community can continue to support research at the Mirro Center for Research and Education through remaining naming opportunities, personal contributions or by purchasing customized bricks that will be customized and displayed on the grounds of the facility. Bricks can be purchased at Parkview.com/SupportResearch.

To date, more than 400 donors have supported the Mirro Family Research and Education Center. Those donors include but are not limited to:

-Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation

-Olive B. Cole Foundation

-English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation

-Homer and Marj Hiner

-E.H. Kilbourne Trust

-Mirro Family Foundation

-Parkview Ortho Hospital/Ortho NorthEast

-Frederick J. Pfeiffer Foundation

-Physicians of Parkview Physicians Group

-Dr. Louis & Anne B. Schneider Foundation

-Valiant Foundation

-Weigand Construction Charitable Fund

-Weigand Pepper Joint Venture

-Fred Zollner Foundation

Source: Parkview Health