IU considers life sciences hub at former hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University officials are working on plans for taking over the old Wishard Hospital complex in downtown Indianapolis and converting it into a hub for health science students and researchers.

The former hospital on the edge of the IUPUI campus closed in December with the opening of the new Eskenazi (es-kah-NAH'-zee) Hospital nearby.

IU medical school Dean Jay Hess tells the Indianapolis Business Journal (http://bit.ly/1ojjOct ) the Wishard site could provide classroom paces for thousands of students from all health sciences programs, with IU's public health and dentistry schools considering moving there.

A center that helps IU researchers work with businesses is already looking to move to the Wishard site.

Officials say the possible $200 million project could involve demolishing about half the Wishard complex and remodeling remaining parts.

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Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com

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