Ground broken on Lutheran Downtown Hospital nearly two years after initial announcement

The Lutheran Health Network announced in September 2017 a new hospital would be built in downtown Fort Wayne to replace St. Joseph Hospital.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 9:10 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2019 8:26 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Lutheran Health Network broke ground on a new hospital downtown after it was delayed.

The network announced in September 2017 a new hospital would be built in downtown Fort Wayne to replace St. Joseph Hospital.

It was shortly after a group of doctors failed to buy the network from its corporate owners, Community Health Systems, bringing staff morale down.

"They were going through quite a transformation for a period of time. They had some change over in administrators, said Fort Wayne mayor Tom Henry.

Since then, CHS had replaced every top administrator in the Lutheran Health Network.

St. Joseph/Lutheran Downtown CEO Jake Golich started just eight days ago.

"It's pretty impressive, exciting, but a lot of work to go," Golich said.

He added Wednesday's groundbreaking shows the health network's commitment to downtown.

"To continue to grow here in the downtown area and bring that high tech and state of the art care, that's going to be key," Golich said.

The new five story hospital will be built in the parking lot behind St. Joe Hospital.

When Lutheran Downtown Hospital opens in 2022, St. Joe, which is celebrating 150 years, will be town down.

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