Methodist Hospitals, Gary, Ind., said it would explore a proposal to build a $250 million replacement hospital for its Northlake campus on a new "University Park" that would include Indiana University Northwest and Ivy State Tech College. Gary Mayor Scott King proposed the park as a way to boost the city's chances of attracting a $50 million grant for a Salvation Army community center. The park also could be a magnet for new jobs and would consolidate health education services in the area, King said. Methodist Hospitals has been discussing a replacement for the 81-year-old Gary hospital for some months, said the system's president and chief executive officer, James Berg. "We want to attract patients from all around northwest Indiana, thousands of whom go to Chicago now for care and drive right past us," Berg said. "We see this (new site) as an opportunity to serve that need." Methodist, which has a total of 714-beds, also operates a hospital in Merrillville, Ind. Berg said the system would study building a replacement hospital, regardless of whether the city gets the grant. -- by Mark Taylor
Ind. hospital exploring move to 'University Park'
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