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From yesterday’s News-Sentinel (…/iu-health-planning-3-fort-w…/): “‘IU is committed (to Fort Wayne) for the long-term,’ said the source, who said construction of a full-service hospital, probably downtown, is possible later.”

A more-detailed news release is expected today from IU Health.

What does this mean?
– First, it is about access to quality medicine for Hoosiers and managed by Hoosiers. Money made here is more likely to support local health care and education.
– Physician and nurse recruitment will improve. We believe recruitment to be a serious problem for Lutheran Health Network (LHN), and physicians have been leaving.
– IU Health is expected to cooperate with all local health providers. One thing is certain: IU and Fort Wayne cannot afford to lose valuable practicing physicians who both practice and teach here.
– It is not that IU Health is coming to Fort Wayne, Indiana University has been here for many years. Indiana University Fort Wayne enrolls nearly 85 medical students and will soon be joined by a school of nursing. We expect Dean Jay Hess, Associate Dean Fen-Lei Chang and Indiana University Trustee Dr. Mike Mirro to announce new residency training programs in Fort Wayne. New clinical facilities will support training programs in concert with Fort Wayne’s existing hospitals and address the region’s growing physician and nursing shortage.
– This is another step toward building a significant academic medical center in Fort Wayne to link with existing hospital networks and an established medical and surgical supply industry.