The Journal Gazette
Saturday, December 07, 2019 1:00 am

IU Health to build surgery center

Facility on southwest side to provide several specialties

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Indiana University Health Fort Wayne plans to build a new ambulatory surgery center at Aboite Center and Dicke roads and will break ground in the next few weeks. 

Brian Bauer, president of IU Health Fort Wayne, told The Journal Gazette that the center, which will encompass 30,000 to 40,000 square feet and be located on the southwest side of the city, will provide 10 or more surgical specialties to patients, but Bauer hesitated to say what those specialties would be in a phone interview Friday. 

Bauer referred to the physicians who signed on to the deal as “partners.” 

“We've been working on this for maybe six months to a year and finalized the deal today,” Bauer said Friday night. 

The surgical center is projected to open at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, Bauer added. 

The announcement of a new surgical center on the southwest side of Fort Wayne is the latest in IU Health's entry into the region's health care market. 

Since August 2018, IU Health Fort Wayne has opened two primary care offices and one urgent care center, with a $10 million primary care center under construction at Stellhorn and Lahmeyer roads. 

An office at Jefferson Boulevard and Engle Road offers psychiatric care along with primary care and the IU Health transplant team, Bauer said. In June, Bauer told The Journal Gazette that the office was seeing “well over 1,000 patients a month.”

The Auburn Park Drive office behind Starbucks at Dupont and Auburn roads is fully staffed with physicians and a lab, he said.

The urgent care center at 9821 Lima Road offers lab and X-ray services.

The 25,000-square-foot office under construction at Stellhorn and Lahmeyer roads will have primary care, plus advanced imaging, urgent care, full laboratory services and a community space, Bauer said. 

Bauer said he wouldn't be able to comment on any other expansion plans, but did say the health care nonprofit is “continually evaluating where to provide care,” and that includes southeast Fort Wayne, which he said “is very important to us.” 

Bauer added he expects IU Health Fort Wayne to make a formal announcement in the coming week.

“We have hired some of the best physicians in the world and some of the best employees in the world and we're going to keep building on that,” Bauer said.

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