Chamber puts support behind Wishard hospital proposal

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced its support for construction of a new Wishard Hospital and promised
to “take a leadership position” to help hospital leaders win voter approval for the project.

The business
trade group issued a statement today endorsing the $754 million project, saying the hospital’s plan to finance the project
is sound.

Marion County voters will have to approve the plan in a Nov. 3 referendum because Wishard’s parent
organization, the Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County, will fund the project with bonds that will be backed by taxpayers
in case of default.

“After thorough research and study, we find the plan for this project to be financially
sound and are confident it should place no additional burden on the taxpayers of Marion County,” Chamber President Roland
Dorson said in a statement.

Wishard officials announced plans to build a new hospital on July 12 after years of
study. The current downtown facility is an amalgam of buildings, the average age of which is 60 years old.

Chamber noted that Wishard spends $25 million each year on repairs and renovations.

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