Lutheran Health Network plans to build a downtown replacement for St. Joseph Hospital, officials announced today.
Details, including where the hospital will be built, how big it will be and how much it will cost, weren't included in the announcement. It's likely they haven't been decided.
But Lutheran network officials have decided a new multi-story hospital, supporting medical facilities, and convenient parking are needed. Construction could begin as soon as next year.
"The current facility, which has gone through many physical changes over the years, has limitations that make it more difficult to add today's medical advancements and create an optimal environment for staff to deliver the experience patients need and expect," officials said in a news release.
It's unclear what will happen to the current St. Joseph campus and what medical services the new hospital will offer.
Jerry Henry, chairman of St. Joseph Hospital's board of trustees, said the hospital's almost 150-year legacy of treating patients downtown will be honored in the plans.
"A brand new, state-of-the-art medical campus in the heart of Fort Wayne will be a tremendous boon for our community, both in terms of enhancements for patients and caregivers, and for economic development," he said in a statement. "The investment we're talking about is a concrete demonstration of commitment to Lutheran Health Network and to Fort Wayne."
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