Some exciting developments are headed in our direction! Earlier this year, experts in medical and health science education reported the possibility of a multi-institutional and inter-professional campus in Southwestern Indiana. Our area’s renowned hospitals, highly ranked educational institutions and community support organizations already in place set the stage needed for this progressive idea.
Ivy Tech Southwest, University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville and Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville all since signed a letter of intent to go forward with an academic health science and research campus in Evansville.
This project will be a great benefit to our community. Projected shortages of physicians and other health professionals expected throughout the region over the next several decades could negatively impact health care quality, ability for residents to receive their health care locally and economic growth.
When completed, this Academic Health Science & Research campus will be among the nation’s most dynamic and collaborative campuses – serving as a hot spot of private and public funding, talent and innovation. It will launch new industries and add value to existing industries, creating new high-paying jobs in health care, higher education and related industries.
Projects like this cannot occur without the required funding and active involvement from community leaders who are dedicated to making the investments needed to achieve the project’s full vision. My fellow legislators and I worked to secure $2 million in education funding from the budget to conduct detailed planning for the future campus. Along with that, a local group of business leaders also provided planning funds for the project through the Evansville Regional Business Committee.
The Academic Health Science & Research campus will transform our economy over the next 50 years by creating thousands of high paying jobs, spin-off businesses in health sciences and research innovations. I look forward to seeing all the great effects this project will have on our community, our economy and our state.