Regenstrief relocation to IU School of Medicine campus will enhance institute's research

Aug. 14, 2014

The Regenstrief Institute Inc., a global leader in biomedical informatics, health services and aging research, will relocate in mid-2015 to a new facility on the IU School of Medicine campus in Indianapolis. With a location, architecture and interior design that will promote increased opportunities for collaboration, the new 80,000-square-foot building will enhance and empower the institute's highly respected locally, nationally and internationally focused research.

New Regenstrief Institute facility

The new Regenstrief Institute facility will be within easy walking distance of IU School of Medicine research and teaching facilities.

The new Regenstrief Institute headquarters, designed by Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis, will be built on land leased from IU and will bring together more than 50 investigators, 165 staff members and a growing number of affiliated scientists. Regenstrief investigators, who currently are based at multiple sites, are faculty members of the IU School of Medicine, other schools at IUPUI, or Purdue University.

The eighth-largest life sciences company in Indianapolis, Regenstrief is a nonprofit medical research organization dedicated to improving the quality, cost-effectiveness and outcomes of health care in Indiana, across the United States and around the world. Founded in 1969 as the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care by immigrant Indiana businessman and philanthropist Sam Regenstrief with an initial faculty and staff of less than a dozen, institute research and clinical tools and its efficient models of health care have been widely implemented throughout Central Indiana and around the world.

Since its founding, the institute has been generously supported by the Regenstrief Foundation, which has committed $5 million to the new building. The IU School of Medicine has contributed another $1 million. The institute is closely affiliated with the IU School of Medicine, Eskenazi Health, IU Health and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

The new facility, to be located at 10th and Wilson streets in Indianapolis, is within easy walking distance of IU School of Medicine research and teaching facilities in addition to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, the Roudebush VA Medical Center, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and University Hospital at IU Health. Regenstrief investigators work closely with the patients, clinicians, students, trainees and administration of all these organizations. The majority of Regenstrief’s investigators are also IU School of Medicine faculty physicians who practice and teach in all of these hospitals.

"The IU health sciences schools aspire to be leaders in population health management -- improving the quality of health, improving care and controlling costs," said Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., MHSA, dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU. "Health informatics, health services and aging research will be among our most powerful tools for effectively accomplishing this. Having the world-renowned Regenstrief Institute on the health sciences campus will greatly facilitate interactions between institute researchers and health care professionals, ultimately speeding advances in health care delivery." 

Regenstrief investigators developed and operate the Regenstrief Medical Record System, which has served as the electronic medical record system for Wishard and now Eskenazi Health -- one of the country's largest safety net hospital systems -- since 1973. It is the oldest continually operational medical record system in the United States. 

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