#childsafety | New IU Health Bloomington Hospital will open in December

The official opening date for the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital is Dec. 5. On that Sunday, ambulances and emergency workers will transport patients to the just-built $560 million facility on the Ind. 45/46 Bypass.

“I can’t say enough about the teams who have made this happen,” IU Health South Central Region President Brian Shockney said in a news release. “Even with the challenges brought forward by the pandemic, we’ve persevered because we know this building will have a positive impact on our community.”  The targeted opening was this fall.

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Planning for the new hospital on the northeast side of the city began about a decade ago when leaders decided the current facility on West Second Street, just south of downtown Bloomington, would not meet the area’s future health care needs.

Brian Shockney

Shockney said the hospital, which anchors the Indiana University Regional Academic Health Center, will serve the region well through the next century.

“Our teams put a lot of research into what makes a hospital have both a healing environment while providing top-of-the-line clinical care,” he said.

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“With 622,000 square-feet and 364 patient beds, IU Health Bloomington is actually a bit larger than our current facility. But even with the new walls, the same team is here to give expert care to our friends, family, and neighbors.”

The new hospital features:

• Private rooms, which are larger than those at the current hospital, for each patient, which will help people recover and lessen the spread of infection. There are 364 patient rooms in the new hospital; the current one has 371, but some are not in use.

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