The Indiana University Board of Trustees spent yesterday afternoon discussing plans to further integrate Clarion Health Systems and Indiana University. The discussion primarily centered around structuring the IU School of Medicine and the hospitals associated with Clarion and the university. Medical Program Dean Craig Brater says the size of the institutions involved is a major barrier to integration.
“We are a complicated organization just as a medical school, but it gets even more complicated when you put the health system with it,” Brater said. “So my approach to it is to try to be as data driven as possible in those types of discussions and just to kind of lay things out on the table.”
The plan calls for about $61-million in improvements and additional faculty. Brater says the funding would improve the school’s standing as compared to other universities. IU Board of Trustee member Tom Reilly says raising capital has been one of the biggest hurdles in dealing with this process.
“To find the capital to support the research and to build the facilities and to acquire the people takes money and that’s one of the real issues here,” Reilly said.
Rielly says the next step of the project involves building a comprehensive business model. Several members of the board echoed this sentiment calling on Clarion and the School of Medicine to begin work on unified a budget.