Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne has announced $10 million plans for what it says will be the city’s only free-standing emergency room. Statewood Plaza is expected to open next spring and will employ around three dozen workers.
Lutheran Health Chief Executive Officer Brian Bauer says "most emergency visits involve patients making a personal choice where they want to go, and thousands from the neighborhoods nearest to where Lutheran ER Statewood will be located have already demonstrated a desire to travel great lengths to receive care delivered in our network’s emergency departments. Decreasing the amount of time it takes to receive emergency care, whether that involves less time en route or less time in a waiting room, is part of our commitment to bolstering healthcare experiences for area patients."
The project will involve renovating an existing facility at the corner of Coliseum and State and adding more than 3,500 square-feet of space for a total of nearly 9,000 square-feet.
Projected wait times for the facility will be posted on digital billboards and online.
Lutheran is working with MKM architecture + design and Weigand Construction. The health care provider recently completed other projects throughout the region, including Lutheran Health Plaza in New Haven and moving 10 St. Joseph Medical Group physicians from various locations to a campus on Lake Avenue in Fort Wayne.