Warrick County has thrown its hat in the ring for the IU Medical School.
"We think we have a good option for consideration," said Larry Taylor Executive Director of Success Warrick County.
Warrick County says it's location just off Epworth Road is viable because of the infrastructure. Major roadways are nearby, utilities are already in place, and the county is united in their plan. "The cooperation with the town of Newburgh and the city of Chandler in both the water and sewer, which will service this area, and there's no arguing about that because they are very clearly defined," Warrick County Commissioner Don Williams said with a laugh.
Another selling point is the nearby hospitals. "There's four hospitals involved in it. There's Owensboro hospital, Jasper, as well as Deaconess and Saint Mary's," said Taylor. Deaconess Gateway Hospital is right across the Lloyd Expressway and Saint Mary's is building a clinic across the street form the proposed site.
"From our perspective it's really about training the best and the brightest and keeping them here as physicians in our own community," said Laura Forbes a spokesperson for St. Mary's Health. Whether the medical school is located in Evansville or Warrick County, hospitals will benefit either way. "Regardless of where it's located it's going to be a great thing for our whole community," said Forbes. And elected officials agree. "Mayor Winnecke and I are good friends and we kind of jab each other about this project. But we both fully realize that wherever this project settles it will be extremely beneficial to the entire area," said Commissioner Williams.
Evansville is in the running for the IU Medical School as well, however officials have not designated a specific site.