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Parkview breaks ground on Mirro Center for Research and Innovation

Parkview leaders today joined members of the community to break ground on the Mirro Center for Research and Education. 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 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.”

To date, numerous community members and foundations from around the region have donated more than $4M towards the facility. These donations represent the largest cumulative philanthropic campaign since the opening of Parkview Hospital Randallia in 1953. 

“Parkview’s service to this community reaches back to 1878 and its history of providing excellent care to our community has been, in large part, due to the generosity of donors who have supported excellent patient care over the years,” said Larry Rowland, executive director, Parkview Foundation. “The generosity that we have witnessed throughout this successful fundraising campaign proves that people in our region are very excited about what this project will mean for the future of patient care and research in our region.”

Construction on the Center is anticipated to be complete in late 2014. The community can continue to support research at the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation through remaining naming opportunities, personal contributions or by purchasing customized bricks that will be customized and displayed on the grounds of the facility. Bricks can be purchased at

To date, more than 100 donors have supported the Mirro Family Research and Education Center. Those donors include but are not limited to:

  • Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation

  • Olive B. Cole Foundation

  • English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation

  • Homer and Marj Hiner

  • E.H. Kilbourne Trust

  • Mirro Family Foundation

  • Parkview Ortho Hospital/Ortho NorthEast

  • Frederick J. Pfeiffer Foundation

  • Physicians of Parkview Physicians Group

  • Dr. Louis & Anne B. Schneider Foundation

  • Valiant Foundation 

  • Weigand Construction Charitable Fund

  • Weigand Pepper Joint Venture

  • Fred Zollner Foundation​


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