IU Health Center in Bloomington Will 'Up Our Game'

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An Indiana University Health Bloomington executive says the nearly $400 million IU Health Regional Academic Health Center will serve Monroe County and the region for the next 25-50 years. Michael Melby says the "most exciting development that happened in our journey" is Indiana University's Academic Health Sciences facility that will be integrated into the 735,000 square-foot facility. He says the combination of medical care, research and academic innovation will "up our game" when it comes to caring for Hoosiers in and around Bloomington. During an interview in The Business of Health, Melby discussed the timeline for the center, which broke ground last week.

"We anticipate the first patient in December of 2020," Melby said. "You'll see some steel coming out of the ground by the last quarter of 2018. And the second major initiative is working with physicians and nurses and other care-givers to successfully occupy the building in 2020, so to think about what that care model's going to look like and develop the processes and procedures to make sure we're successful for our patients and our families on day one."

The center will provide a different experience than previously offered in Bloomington. Melby says the ambulatory clinics, diagnostic space and procedure facilities will be all in one location and all rooms will be private. "We going to bring many disciplines onto the campus that are not on campus (currently), so I think it's going to be a more convenient, more enjoyable patient and family experience," he told Barb Lewis.

The campus is expected to employ around 100 faculty and staff members and will eventually house training for approximately 1,000 students.

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