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Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Clarian Health to become Indiana University Health in spring 2011

May 5, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today (May 5) welcomed the announcement that Clarian Health will change its name to Indiana University Health in spring 2011.

A statement released by Clarian said the name Indiana University Health "will better identify Clarian's unique brand of nationally recognized health care, reinforce its partnership with Indiana University and the IU School of Medicine, which provides patients with access to innovative research and treatments, and better reflect the breadth of its mission."

Michael McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie

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Clarian Health, a private, non-profit organization, has been in existence since 1997 when Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children -- all preeminent, state-of-the-art hospitals with long and distinguished histories -- united to operate as a single organization.

Clarian now owns or is affiliated with more than 20 hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana and is closely tied to the Indiana University School of Medicine. More than half of the school's 970 physicians practice, supervise and teach residents and fellows at Clarian's hospitals.

"Indiana University is very proud of its longstanding partnership with the Methodist Church that has for 15 years provided high-quality and excellent health care to tens of thousands of Hoosiers across the state of Indiana," McRobbie said. "As this partnership has evolved and grown into one of the nation's leading health-care networks that delivers the very latest advances in medical care and treatment to its patients, it is appropriate that the name reflect IU's strong commitment to the partnership through the IU School of Medicine and IU's other health science schools, and to the vital mission of this partnership throughout the state."

Clarian officials said the name change will not impact the existing structure of the organization. IU Health will remain an independent, non-profit health system with the Methodist Church and Indiana University Board of Trustees serving as corporate board members, and will retain the same board of directors.

Dan Evans will continue to serve as the system's president and chief executive officer.

The name change to Indiana University Health is only one element of Clarian's unifying vision for its statewide system. All elements, including identity and naming architecture, will be announced and fully unveiled first to staff, and then to the general public in spring 2011.

The complete Clarian statement can be viewed here.