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Indiana University Health prepares for $1B consolidation

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana University Heath officials are considering whether to save any of the century-old sections of the state's largest hospital as they prepare for a planned $1 billion consolidation project.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that a major overhaul is expected of the 589-bed Methodist Hospital near downtown Indianapolis.

IU Health's plan calls for closing the nearby University Hospital and consolidating clinical operations into expanded facilities at Methodist and Riley Hospital for Children.

Officials are evaluating which buildings on the Methodist campus should be renovated. Many of the buildings have mismatched floor plates, uneven ceilings and a conglomeration of electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems.

Monte Hoover of engineering firm BSA LifeStructures estimates that a third of the current Methodist campus can be saved and updated.

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

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