Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Health Network has detailed the final plans for the facility that will ultimately replace St. Joseph Hospital. The health system says the $120 million Lutheran Downtown Hospital will be built across the street from the existing facility in downtown Fort Wayne with construction slated to begin next summer.
When complete, the five-story, 181,000-square-foot hospital will include 60 beds, a 19-bed emergency department, a six-suite operating room, three cardiac catheterization labs, imaging services, laboratory services and the regional burn center, among other amenities. Lutheran Health says the facility will be built with space to accommodate future growth to more than 100 beds.
“Long before the notion of ‘downtown revitalization’ began to materialize nearly a decade ago, Lutheran Health Network was already turning vision into reality through the ongoing modernization of St. Joseph Hospital and its campus,” said Mike Poore, regional president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network. “As we look to the future of healthcare and how it will be delivered in and around the heart of the city, this new facility will serve as a springboard to bigger and better things.”
The attached medical office building and parking garage on the current campus will see continued use after the new hospital is complete. Once Lutheran Downtown Hospital opens, the old hospital will be demolished to make way for additional parking.
The health system says the hospital is consistent with its goal of staying in downtown Fort Wayne. Work on Lutheran Downtown Hospital is expected to be complete in late 2021.