Parkview Breaks Ground On New Research & Education Center (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Parkview leaders joined members of the community to break ground on the Mirro Family Research and Education Center Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art facility is the direct result of millions in donations from donors throughout northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. The new facility, to be located on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus, will be among just a few research and education centers within the United States that are affiliated with a not-for-profit community hospital. Other facilities performing similar work include Mayo and Cleveland clinics.

The Mirro Family Research and Education Center will be nearly 82,000 sq. ft. with more than 90 rooms. The Center’s work will focus on translational research, device and pharmaceutical clinical trials, and education for medical professionals and their patients. The Center will offer cutting-edge medical simulation, classrooms and more.

“The Mirro Center provides an opportunity that will open up new doors giving patients access to new trials and research that could potentially revolutionize health care and save lives,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “The philanthropic actions of those in this community have made this a possibility and patients from around the region will forever benefit from their altruistic actions.”

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