Fort Wayne’s first freestanding, 24-hour ER unveiled

The ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled Fort Wayne’s first freestanding 24-hour ER.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Officials from Lutheran Health Network unveiled Thursday the construction of Fort Wayne’s first freestanding ER which will offer 24-hour care, 365 days a year.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Lutheran ER Statewood, located at 3929 E Stave Blvd.  at 3:15 p.m. The construction project involved the renovation of 5,380 square feet of vacant space at the address, as well at 3,531 square feet of new construction built out toward Coliseum. The site was chosen based on the easy access it provides for area residents and businesses.

The emergency department includes a large triage room, five general treatment rooms, a major exam room, an airborne isolation room and a decontamination area with secure, direct access to and from the outside of the facility, according to a press release from Lutheran Health Network.

The facility will include experienced, board-certified ER physicians and ER-trained nurses; 24/7 imaging services including digital X-ray, CT and ultrasound; 24/7 lab services and access to Lutheran Health Network’s full spectrum of care. A Lutheran EMS unit will also be positioned around the clock for the rapid transport of patients deemed to be in need of hospitalization, according to the press release.

CEO of Lutheran Health Network Brian Bauer offered his appreciation to organizations who have helped bring the new emergency services to the area.

“The development of this facility is our acknowledgment that patients prefer to receive quality healthcare delivered on their terms efficiently and conveniently,” Bauer said in a press release.

The total investment for the project was approximately $10 million including equipment, furnishings and a long-term lease.

Members of the public will be invited to a neighborhood open house at the facility on Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The facility will officially open on Tuesday, October 11.

For more information, visit Lutheran Health Network.