Construction of a new Wishard Memorial Hospital was hailed as a great legacy for Indianapolis as a formal groundbreaking
was held for the $754 million project.
Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie were among numerous officials taking part in Wednesday's
ceremony. Marion County voters last year approved a referendum to provide funding for replacing the hospital.
Marion County Health Department director Virginia Caine called the new downtown hospital "the biggest legacy the city
of Indianapolis will ever see for years to come."
The 315-bed inpatient hospital and 200-bed outpatient clinic is expected to open by late 2013. Wishard serves almost two-thirds
of the uninsured hospital patients in Marion County and has the state's largest burn center.