Visionary Philanthropists Endow IU’s Glick Eye Institute

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Indiana History Center, the Indianapolis Children’s Bureau and the Indianapolis Museum of Art: just a few of the cultural contributions made to Indianapolis by beloved philanthropists Eugene and Marilyn Glick. Recently, the Glick’s have turned their attention to Indianapolis health, endowing the Indiana University School of Medicine’s new Glick Eye Institute. This cutting-edge facility will lead to the discovery of treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases, placing Indianapolis on the map for breakthrough health care. The Glick Eye Institute will be formally dedicated on Friday, August 19 with a community day to follow on Saturday, August 20. Celebrate the latest innovation in Indianapolis education and health with Eugene and Marilyn Glick.

About the Glick Eye Institute

The Glick Eye Institute is the newest building at the IU School of Medicine, on the IUPUI campus. A capstone of their philanthropy, Eugene and Marilyn Glick donated $30 million to Indiana University’s campaign toward better vision research, eye care and medical education. $20 million of their gift helped with the construction of this innovative facility, while $10 million created an endowment to help fund scientific research in new laboratories.

“In our early discussions with Eugene and Marilyn Glick about their creating the Glick Eye Institute,” says D. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president of university clinical affairs at the Indiana school, “our frame of reference was to become one of the top 10 eye programs in the world. They have paved the way for that to occur.” With seven talented researchers already on board at facility, the Glick Eye Institute is on the path to an advanced understanding and treatment of eye disease. More ophthalmology scientists will be hired with the intention of one day preventing the disease completely. “With the opportunities provided,” continues Brater, “we know discoveries will be realized, placing the Glick Eye Institute as a cornerstone in the advancement of ophthalmologic care.”
The stunning space melds light, air, color and perspective throughout the building to create a seamless design in each area for patient care, teaching and research. As an ode to Marilyn Glick’s appreciation for glass art, the building features a sweeping glass wall, which expresses the study of the eye through transparency and opacity. Created from iron-free and ultra-clear glass, the wall also represents the clarity of vision doctors will provide to their patients.

The 77,000 square foot building, with its 14,000 square feet of clinic space, doubles the size of the current Ophthalmology Clinic at the Indiana University Health University Hospital out-patient center, which moves into the building later this Summer. In addition, the building contains a full service retail optical shop. The unique proximity of researchers to clinicians and patients, who will benefit from discoveries made, sets the institute apart. Researchers will enjoy research space that is connected to high-tech labs on the third floor providing opportunities for heightened discussion and deepened collaboration.
The Glick Eye Institute’s crowning jewel is perhaps the Hrisomalos Library. The space offers current books and journals and preserves the University’s historic books and surgical items. A truly groundbreaking addition to Indianapolis health, the Glick Eye Institute also seeks Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The buidling features state-of-the-art strategies in sustainable construction, water savings, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials and resources.

“The Glick Eye Institute is the foundation of the second century of vision-related research and medical care at the IU School of Medicine,” says Dr. Louis B. Cantor, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. “Mrs. Glick has made her expectations very clear – she wants to see sight-saving discoveries come from researchers who will come to IU to work at this institute.”

Mrs. Glick’s motivation for cheering this project on is clear to see. As a long time supporter of Prevent Blindness Indiana, Marilyn Glick founded People of Vision in 1981. This auxiliary volunteer group contributes time to the Indianapolis not for profit organization. Volunteers perform vision screenings for Indiana’s children and adults. In addition, volunteers donate time in office assistance and fundraising support.

Community Day Open House

Celebrate the opening of the Glick Eye Institute Saturday, August 20 from 10 am to 2 pm. Attendees can take advantage of FREE health screenings including vision screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and body mass index assessments by IU Health volunteers and dermatology screenings for skin care by residents and physicians from the IU School of Medicine Dermatology Department. In addition, the optical shop will be open for business with a wide selection of glasses and sun glasses.

Take a tour of the building for a special glimpse at clinic space, the library, laboratories and clinical research areas. Plus, marvel at art from more than 40 Indianapolis artists, who have loaned their work to a public art project. Works include paintings, photographs, sculptures and blown glass.

“Our art project was one of the ways we could showcase the importance of vision in a building dedicated to vision care and research,” says Dr. Cantor. “Art also expresses the humanistic side of medicine and supports the healing process. We believed it was important to create that healing environment through art and wanted to include as many Hoosier artists as possible.”

In addition, Indianapolis kids can take part in an art project of their own, supervised by artist Mireille Wannemuehler. Kids are invited to draw their favorite sights. An art teacher at St. Louis de Montfort School in Fisher, IN, Wannemuehler will also reveal a mosaic piece created by her students on exhibit in the library at the institute.

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Glick Eye Institute Community Day
Saturday, August 20
10 am to 2 pm

Glick Eye Institute
1160 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN