IU Health pondering new hospital in Bloomington

Indiana University Health officials are working on plans for building a new hospital in Bloomington to replace the system's aging facility.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital president Mark Moore says a decision is expected within about a month from the statewide system on moving ahead with the project.

Moore tells The Herald-Times the new hospital would have about 200 inpatient beds with all private rooms, along with an outpatient surgery center. The current hospital has 279 inpatient beds.

Moore says a decision hasn't been made on whether the new hospital would be built at its current campus or on an 85-acre site it owns on the city's west side. He says it could take a year for design and development work on the new hospital, followed by two years of construction.

The Bloomington market is tight for hospitals. Bloomington’s Monroe Hospital LLC, which has had a close relationship with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, filed for bankruptcy reorganization in August and planned to sell its business to a Canadian hospital operator.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, said the 32-bed hospital had more than twice as many liabilities as assets. It had been losing money due to low patient traffic in the face of cross-town competition from IU Health’s Bloomington Hospital.

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