Internal memo describes IU Health difficulties

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Challenges in medical care are putting more pressure on IU Health.

Last September, the hospital system cut 800 jobs. Now, an internal memo describes the difficulty of operating two downtown hospitals “with excess capacity within close proximity to each other,” referring to University Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

The memo goes on to say that will lead to “some consolidation and re-purposing” of existing facilities.

24-Hour News 8’s I-Team 8 asked IU Health what this memo means. A hospital spokesperson released the following statement Thursday:

“IU Health is working to design a way to provide healthcare in the most efficient and effective manner to the Indianapolis community. We have no plans to close any of our downtown hospitals.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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