Multi-million-dollar renovations at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne will be unveiled Thursday. Fourteen months of construction have added facilities and space for specialized services offered by Lutheran Children’s Hospital.
The additions include a six-bed pediatric inpatient unit and a three-bed pediatric intensive care unit. The second floor pediatric inpatient unit had previously been designated for medical surgical patients, but now features the color of Lutheran Children’s Hospital and will be opened on Friday. New features include a pediatric treatment room and a pediatric playroom.The new pediatric intensive care unit will feature advanced monitoring equipment and ventilators, along with sleeper sofas and private bathrooms for parents. The new unit is set open on Monday.
“Lutheran Children’s Hospital has always delivered care with the knowledge that children are special people, not just small adults,” said Mike Poore, regional president and chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network. “The expansion of inpatient pediatric care at Dupont is already benefitting from that solid foundation.”
A concurrent renovation added 10 private neonatal intensive care beds, which brings the total to 25 on the hospital’s third floor. The new section of the hospital’s Level III NICU will also open on Monday. Existing NICU rooms will undergo renovations and will reopen in spring 2019. Two public open houses are scheduled for Thursday with a ribbon cutting taking place at 12:15 p.m. The early open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The late public open house runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.