Groundbreaking for new Health Pavilion at UIndy

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City officials broke ground Thursday on a $28 million health facility at the University of Indianapolis they say will benefit the campus and the community.

"Half of all UIndy students are enrolled in health programs and the demand for these professionals continues to grow," said Thomas Martin.

The four-story Health Pavilion will take healthcare education at the university to the next level.

"One of the big pushes in healthcare that is known to improve health outcomes is for individuals from different disciplines to be able to work effectively together. So, for our students to have that opportunity to train together right with individuals from the community will best prepare them to put that into practice when they graduate," said Stephanie Kelly, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at UIndy.

But the project goes way beyond the UIndy campus borders. The city also provided a $1 million community development block grant to outfit the facility with medical and fitness equipment and build a nearby park.

"As UIndy invests to make its campus more attractive to students, it's making this area more inviting to new residents and making the city a better place to live," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

The Health Pavilion, being built in the University Heights neighborhood, will be operational by Fall 2015.

Thursday's groundbreaking kicked off a five-year, $50 million plan to grow campus facilities, staffing and programs.