LAPORTE - Beacon Health System and Franciscan Health have broken ground on the $21.6 million Franciscan Beacon Hospital in LaPorte. The hospital will feature a full-service emergency department, inpatient care, lab services, diagnostic equipment and telehealth capabilities.

Construction is set to be complete in early 2020. The project involves about 28,000 square feet of new construction and nearly 20,000 square feet of renovation at the current Beacon Medial Group building.

Franciscan and Beacon first announced plans for the acute care hospital in September. At the time, Franciscan Health Michigan City Chief Executive Officer Dean Mazzoni said the facility would bring high-quality and high-tech healthcare closer to home for residents of LaPorte County.