'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Med Center Now Open

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(Image courtesy of the Office of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.) (Image courtesy of the Office of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.)
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More than seven years after the concept was first imagined, a process involving multiple institutions of higher learning, city and state leaders and the southwest Indiana medical community is complete. The $70 million Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now open. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said the campus evokes descriptions such as "enduring, generational (and) once-in-a-lifetime."

During a recent interview with Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick, Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville Dean Steve Becker said the business community has encouraged the project from the start. Becker estimates "several hundred" medical industry professionals will be drawn to the region by the center over the next two years alone.

The center brings together students and faculty from IU, the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana and will feed into residency programs at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, St. Vincent Evansville, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

In May, the institutions and the city announced Connecticut-based SS&C Technologies Inc. founder Bill Stone's $15 million donation to the project, prompting the change to its current name.

In addition to downtown revitalization, the goals for the center include boosting the number of health care providers trained in southwest Indiana, in an effort to keep them in the region after completing training, and to train them in a multi-disciplinary fashion.

The IU School of Medicine-Evansville, which was previously housed on the USI campus, is one of nine IU medical school campuses. Sixty-six medical student have been assigned to the campus. You can read more about this morning's ceremony by clicking here.

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