New St. Joseph Hospital to be built

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – St. Joseph Hospital has been in the same location since 1869 but that will soon change. Lutheran Health Network announced plans to build a replacement facility in the central city, Wednesday.

Regional President and CEO of Lutheran Health Network Mike Poore said they have made an offer on a building downtown about half a mile from the hospital’s current location. Poore is being tight lipped about the possible location but said it will be revealed in the coming weeks.

It is not cost efficient to renovate the facility, so LHN decided to build a new one from the ground up, according to Poore. It is unclear how much it will cost to rebuild but Poore said the funding will come from  a $500 million investment that was promised to Lutheran Health Network facilities earlier this year.

According to a news release, the current facility has gone through many physical changes over the years creating 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.

Hospital officials are still working on plans for the new development but said it will include a multi-story hospital, ancillary medical facilities and convenient parking.

Lutheran Health Network announced Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, plans to build a replacement facility for the current St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Fort Wayne. (Lutheran Health Network)

Several potential properties are under consideration. LHN plans to work with the St. Joseph Hospital Board of Trustees, the City of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission to determine the best location.

LHN will take all the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure the new hospital is built in the right place and is the right size for the community, according to the news release.

Poore released this statement early Wednesday:

“As Fort Wayne continues to renew and revitalize itself, LHN is also focusing on the future through the modernization of downtown healthcare. This is part of a series of major capital investments we are making to transform LHN to meet the needs of patients today and for years to come.”

Construction is expected to begin 2018 and will likely take 18 to 24 months to complete, according to the news release.