A historic construction project is underway in the heart of downtown Evansville. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the IU Medical School campus. The city says the annual estimated economic impact of the school is projected to exceed $350 million by 2025.
“This new medical campus would not be possible without our partners coming together to create a shared vision and then working diligently in unison toward a common goal to provide the highest level of training for future generations of health professionals in a collaborative educational environment with the latest technologies in medicine while simultaneously addressing the growing shortage of physicians,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “This new model of medical education will transform the delivery of health care in the Tri-State region. More importantly, it will result in more physicians being trained and retained in Indiana.”
Mayor Winnecke joined special guests Friday including Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, University of Southern Indiana President Linda Bennett, University of Evansville Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences Mary Kessler, IU School of Medicine-Evansville Director Steven Becker and IU Trustee Patrick Shoulders.
“This tremendous expansion of our medical education facilities in Evansville is consistent with Indiana University’s leadership in medical and health sciences in Indiana for over a century, and stands as a testament to the university’s commitment to southwest Indiana. The new medical education center will contribute greatly to our efforts, and those of our institutional partners to meet the growing demand for health care providers in this region and to the ongoing economic development of downtown Evansville, of which we are pleased to be a part,” President McRobbie said.
The project partners include Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville, Indiana University, University of Evansville, and University of Southern Indiana.
City officials say the medical education research center will open for the 2017-2018 academic school year.