The chief operating officer of Parkview Hospital and Affiliates says increased demand and the need for more capacity led to the decision to invest $55 million into the health provider's Randallia campus in Fort Wayne. Ben Miles says the project will result in nearly 150 high-paying jobs. The effort includes additional surgery suites and expanded services as well as significant structural improvements to the more than 60-year-old building. Miles says local residents helped shape the investment through feedback from neighborhood associations and other organizations.
October 21, 2014
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Parkview leaders today announced the health system will invest $55 million into the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus – the largest healthcare investment in this region since the Parkview Regional Medical Center. The project will lead to the creation of nearly 150 new jobs and many new services that will compliment Parkview Regional Medical Center and Parkview's community hospitals in Huntington, Whitley, Noble and LaGrange counties. It will be completed in phases over the next four to five years.
“We've made many significant investments into new services and improvements over the last two years as we also carefully evaluated the long term plans for Parkview Hospital Randallia,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “The demand for care and services at this hospital has exceeded our expectations and many residents continue to choose this location as their preferred source of health care. We're excited to continue to invest in this campus as we address the needs of our community.”
At the heart of the multi-million dollar investment will be many improvements to the interior and exterior of the facility. On the inside, nearly $30 million will be invested into structural improvements and enhancements. This will allow for many new inpatient and outpatient services to be added and/or expanded upon. There will also be enhancements made to the exterior of the hospital fa?ade and improvements will be made in the way-finding around the campus.
Key investment items include but are not limited to:
-State-of-the-art surgery suites
-Cardiac catheterization lab
-Updated and enhanced Family Birthing Center
-Updated and enhanced inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services
-Expanded critical care services
-Expanded services at Center for Wound Healing
-Expanded services at Center on Aging and Health
“Since the opening of Parkview Regional Medical Center two years ago, we have invested nearly $20 million into this campus. That combined with today's announcement is $75 million dedicated to meeting the needs of our community through the addition of many expanded or new services,” said Ben Miles, COO, Parkview Hospital and Affiliates. “Randallia is important to us because it's important to this community. The residents in and around this area continue to choose this facility for their care. We also have new individuals coming to Parkview Hospital Randallia, starting their families at our Family Birthing Center, or establishing their medical care with a new primary care doctor. We look forward to being here, supporting their needs for many years to come.”
Work will begin on the facility almost immediately. There will be a core Parkview Hospital Randallia team focused on the construction project and they will work to share with residents and community leaders key updates, information or milestones. Those interested in following the project can do so by visiting www.parkview.com/parkviewhospitalrandallia.
Source: Parkview Health