July 27, 1975
On this day, administrators of the Indiana University hospitals of the IU Medical Center at IUPUI signed a two year trial agreement to take over all medical management at Marion County General Hospital. Dr. John L. Glover, chairman of surgery at General and professor of surgery in the School of Medicine, was appointed acting director for Marion County General, the first step toward integration of the two systems. The IU School of Medicine had for several years maintained cooperative relationships with the county hospital, as well as with the state's LaRue D. Carter Memorial Hospital and the federal government's Veterans Administration hospital in Indianapolis, affording residency training opportunities for advanced medical students as well as clinical and research venues for IUSM faculty. In the years before the agreement, Marion County General Hospital had serious financial problems which impaired the school's teaching programs. The 1975 agreement allowed continued clinical opportunities for IUSM faculty and students and improved the quality of care in the county hospital. Today, Marion County General is called the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and the IU School of Medicine continues to provide clinical care to the city's citizens.
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