Lutheran Health plans $500M investment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -– Lutheran Health Network announced Thursday that it will invest $500 million into its healthcare facilities. The multi-year capital investment plan will take place over the next several years and will impact nearly every entity of the Lutheran Health Network.

Officials said the project is expected to enhance patient care, increase access to health services and upgrade its hospital facilities. They hope the investment will positively impact thousands of patients in the region obtain highest level of healthcare.

The hospital opened at its current location on West Jefferson Boulevard in 1992. It previously had been located on Fairfield Avenue south of downtown Fort Wayne.

NewsChannel 15 tried to contact Lutheran officials for comment on the announcement and of of Friday morning, no one has yet been made available.

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The capital investment plan will include the following projects:

FACILITY REFRESH: Top to bottom renovation of Lutheran Hospital to upgrade and update numerous patient and guest services areas with a focus on convenient access, modern design and efficient patient care.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION: Major renovation of the hospital’s emergency department, including a new eight-bed transition unit for short-term patient monitoring, which will free up exam and treatment space during busy periods to improve patient wait times. Phase one of this project will begin the week of May 15.

HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER: Development of a comprehensive outpatient cardiovascular center attached to the existing heart pavilion to bring all specialized services and cardiovascular physician practices to one facility for ease of patient access.

ADVANCED DIGESTIVE TREATMENT CENTER: Consolidation of two separate endoscopy suites, diagnostic testing and therapeutics into one advanced care setting to increase availability of procedures for the growing number of patients with digestive concerns.

OUTPATIENT CENTERS: Multiple new outpatient centers providing close-to-home urgent and walk-in care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, family medicine, therapies and other healthcare services in counties beyond Allen County.

“This is a transformative investment that will modernize Lutheran Hospital and take patient care to the next level,” said Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Health Network, said in a press release. “We are really excited to begin the design work immediately and expect to start and complete some of the construction this year. We will announce additional capital projects across the network as details are finalized with a goal of completing the entire half-billion dollar investment over five to six years. In addition to improving our network facilities, this investment will create construction jobs and have a positive economic impact on our communities.”

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The $500 million capital investment is planned to take place over the next several years. Officials at Lutheran Health Network said approximately $400 million has already been invested over the past decade.

The following facilities will be included in the overall capital investment: Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Dukes Memorial Hospital, Dupont Hospital, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, St. Joseph Hospital and The Orthopedic Hospital.