IU Health to merge 2 downtown hospitals

Indiana University Health wants to merge two of its big downtown hospitals—University and Methodist—into one location, meaning either one or both would close or be converted to another use, IBJ is reporting in its June 23 edition.

How soon the two hospitals, which employ more than 5,000 people, would merge is uncertain. But already, IU Health is consolidating the emergency rooms of the two hospitals. On July 1, the University Hospital ER will close and send its patients to the Methodist ER.

A working team of more than 20 IU Health personnel held its first meeting Thursday to discuss consolidating the hospitals. That team aims to make recommendations in the fall.

For details on why IU Health is making such a drastic change and potential obstacles, IBJ subscribers can read the full story here.

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