Margaret Mary Community Hospital (MMCH) of Batesville, Indiana, is the latest healthcare organization to partner with Marian University to build its new College of Osteopathic Medicine. The hospital has invested $150,000 to sponsor a simulation lab and seminar room located in the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences. The simulation lab will be named the Margaret Mary Community Hospital Simulation Lab and the seminar room will be named the Margaret Mary Community Hospital Seminar Room.
Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) will be the second medical school in Indiana and the first Catholic osteopathic medical school in the United States. Beginning in 2013, the school will educate 150 new medical students each year, many of whom will become primary care physicians.
“There is currently a physician shortage in Indiana, especially in rural areas, and it is expected to only get worse without institutions like Marian University stepping up and increasing the number of well-trained physicians,” said Dr. Tim Putnam, president and CEO of Margaret Mary Community Hospital. “We are excited that our partnership with Marian University’s new medical school will help us address this challenge by providing students unique rural health exposure that will complement their academic instruction. Although it will be nearly a decade before we see the direct fruits of this initiative, the partnership should enable us to train and recruit quality physicians who are well prepared for the challenges of healthcare.”
“Directly addressing this need for more doctors will improve healthcare in Indiana. We appreciate Margaret Mary Community Hospital’s commitment to patient quality of life and its investment in the simulation lab and our new medical school. The simulations lab will also be used by future nurses who are being trained alongside the doctors,” said Dr. Paul Evans, vice president and founding dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Margaret Mary and Marian University have a common legacy,” Putnam added. “The university’s Oldenburg roots and MMCH’s shared Catholic heritage makes this collaboration a natural fit.” Marian University was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. MMCH was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis.
The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, which will house the new medical school and the School of Nursing, is a $47 million construction project scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. Both medical and nursing students will train together in the building and share the simulation lab space. The building is part of a larger health and life sciences initiative on campus with financial needs totaling $160 million. For more information, visit www.marian.edu/medicalschool.
About Margaret Mary Community Hospital
Margaret Mary Community Hospital is a not-for-profit critical access hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services. MMCH is in Batesville, Indiana, conveniently located off I-74 between Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis. MMCH serves a population of more than 65,000 residents in Ripley, Franklin, and surrounding counties. The hospital provides a broad scope of services including 24-hour emergency, family-centered maternity, outpatient rehabilitation, home health, hospice, and oncology. For more information, visit www.mmch.org/.