FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Dupont Hospital has unveiled a 6-bed inpatient unit for general pediatric care and a 3-bed pediatric intensive care unit.
"It's another additional access point for patients that are vulnerable in our community," said Dupont Hospital CEO Lorenzo Suter.
Suter say's it's a much needed expansion in the northern Fort Wayne community.
"We feel we're going to be able to provide the care that they need to not allow them to have to leave the community."
The expansion also brings jobs to the area.
"Several PICU nurses we have sought after. Pediatric hospitalists coming to this city. We feel this will be a huge success and economic boost for our community, " said Suter.
Dupont's new pediatric intensive care unit will offer advanced monitoring equipment and ventilators and has private rooms for parents. The new pediatric inpatient unit features a treatment room, playroom and hospitalist coverage.
"We basically looked out in the community and asked the first question, "Is there a need?". We looked at our primary service area and there is a need based on the population growth on the northeast side of fort Wayne, " said Suter.
Dupont also added 10 more private neonatal intensive care beds, so now the hospital has 25 private NICU beds.
The pediatric ICU will open December 17 and the pediatric inpatient unit will open December 14.