The Parkview Foundation will break ground this fall on the Mirro Family Research and Education Center, officials announced Monday evening.
The center – estimated at $14 million one year ago – will be on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus, west of the Manchester University College of Pharmacy. Its training and education resources will be open to doctors, nurses and other professionals throughout northeast Indiana, officials said.
The Mirro Center’s goal will be to make research done in controlled laboratory settings usable by doctors treating local patients.
Larry Rowland, Parkview Foundation’s executive director, called the project transformational.
The center, he said in a statement, will allow Parkview the opportunity to train medical professionals using advanced simulation, conduct translational research bringing potential breakthrough therapies to our area sooner, and serve as the home for outcomes research.
Translational research translates data from laboratory findings to applications in clinical trials and everyday use.
Among the areas the Mirro Center will focus on are heart disease, oncology, radiation oncology, neurological conditions and orthopedics.
The center will also look at how medical information is communicated, understood and managed – referred to as medical informatics.
Lutheran Health Network, Parkview’s local rival, also performs research in numerous areas, including heart and kidney transplant studies, spokesman Geoff Thomas said. Lutheran is now involved in more than 70 clinical trials, said Gordon Bokhart, research department director.
The Mirro Family Foundation last year donated $1 million to Parkview’s planned research center, the largest single donation the Parkview Foundation has ever received. To acknowledge that gift, Parkview officials decided to name the research center after the Mirro family.
Dr. Michael Mirro is a cardiologist at the Parkview Physicians Group-Cardiology. He earned undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University.
He has been involved in research for more than 25 years.
The Parkview Foundation has raised $4 million toward construction of the new center, triggering plans to break ground.
Officials said fundraising for the projects continues.