Lutheran Hospital Expansion Set For Spring

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Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Health Network says the first phase of the expansion and renovation of the emergency department at Lutheran Hospital will begin in April. The $6.1 million project includes the construction of a new transition unit adjacent to the existing ER.

Lutheran Health says the eight-bed, 3,900 square-foot unit will allow for short-term patient monitoring. The project will also include a fifth trauma bay, a new CT scanner, and four rooms that will be used as a results waiting area in an effort to treat and release patients more quickly.

"Adding the transition unit gives certain patients a dedicated area to stay as we work to determine their best course of treatment," said Scott Weiskittel, chief operating officer of Lutheran Hospital. "Some patients also need a little more time before they can confidently return home, which is equally reassuring to medical staff."

Lutheran Health Network says the project will be completed in five phases with all of the work expected to be finished by October 2018.

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