IU Northwest Medical Education-Trauma Center Bill Still Alive
The 2013 General Assembly session is winding down, and one major issue of interest in northwest Indiana is still alive: a study on whether an academic medical center and a trauma center should be built at IU Northwest.
The head of the northwest Indiana delegation, State Representative Charlie Brown of Gary, told the Lakeshore’s Steve Walsh Tuesday on “Lakeshore This Morning” that medical students can now study for their full four years at the Gary campus and perhaps stay in the region to practice. That can lead to more future doctors as well as nurses and other medical technicians in Lake County.
Brown says everyone in the Legislature realizes that northwest Indiana needs its own trauma center. He says the closest Indiana trauma center is in South Bend, and northwest Indiana trauma cases currently go to Illinois hospitals.
Representative Brown says no conference committee meeting’s yet been set to review the bill sponsored by Senator Ed Charbonneau of Valparaiso. Charbonneau disagreed with changes made to the measure by the Indiana House, prompting the need for negotiations before the session ends at midnight on April 29th. One of those amendments is the addition of the “unfreezing” of Lake County’s property tax levy freeze.