Mishawaka-based Franciscan Health has repurposed a location known for providing healthcare in LaPorte County since 1904. The health system has dedicated the Homer Street campus of Franciscan Health Michigan City, which includes a 14-bed behavioral health facility set to open later this summer.
The campus will also include a Prenatal Assistance and Senior Health & Wellness facility which will open in the fall.
Franciscan Health Michigan City President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Mazzoni says the relocation of the inpatient behavioral unit will open up space in the hospital for a medical surgical unit and he anticipates the project bringing 40 to 60 new jobs. The $20 million project includes demolishing older sections of the building, which is expected to be complete by December.
“Through a board-approved $20 million investment, we will now have a revitalized campus that will offer much needed community programs and services. I would characterize our collective efforts simply as this: Promises made, promises kept – to the city, to our community and, most importantly, to our patients,” Mazzoni said.
Mazzoni says the project was the result of planning, discussions and work that started in 2016.