IU Health files plans for new $1 billion hospital in downtown Indianapolis

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Indiana University Health has outlined plans for a world-class hospital that will consolidate its two Indianapolis adult hospitals on an expanded downtown medical campus.

The plans, filed with the City of Indianapolis, request a central business district special development classification that would provide zoning flexibility to develop the diverse uses proposed for the 44-acre medical campus expansion.

IU Health will work with city and state officials, neighborhood groups and other stakeholders on the design, specifications, uses and development standards for the site.

Located just south of the existing IU Health Methodist Hospital campus, the expanded campus will extend from 16th St. to 12th St. and from Capitol Ave. west to I-65. The core of the campus is a new hospital that will be constructed over the next six years and designed to offer pre-eminent care for Indiana over the next half century or beyond.

Operations of IU Health Methodist and at IU Health University Hospital, located 1.5 miles away, will be consolidated upon opening in 2026. At that time much of the Methodist Hospital complex will undergo a significant renovation to be integrated into the larger campus.

Design

The preliminary blueprint for the new hospital calls for a distinctive building of three glass-fronted towers of about 10 stories with a rooftop helipad and enclosed walkways to nearby buildings and a parking garage. An energy-efficient, LEED-certified design will ensure a healthy and comfortable indoor environment, while the site will be sculpted as a green campus to manage pollution and limit runoff into the White River.

The multi-tower design can flex to hold up to 576 private patient beds and expansive outpatient care areas. Once renovated, parts of the Methodist complex will be connected to the new hospital via walkway and provide additional beds and exam rooms and other clinical space.

Also planned on the campus are research and education facilities for IU School of Medicine to house its physicians, faculty, students and scientists.

The new hospital is estimated to cost $1.6 billion.

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