HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WFFT) — The wind isn’t the only thing moving dirt Tuesday morning.
Local officials are breaking ground on a lot off Lima Road.
And once the dust settles, Huntertown will have a 22,000 square foot health center to provide urgent care, primary care and an imaging lab.
"I think it’s definitely going to be a need, and it’s definitely wanted in this area," said Huntertown Town Councilmember Brandon Seifert. "I think they’re going to be surprised about how many people actually use this, and it’s going to be helpful for everybody."
Seifert says he’ll be one of many using this facility to avoid the 15-20 minute trip he currently has to make for healthcare.
Lutheran Health Network CEO Scott Teffeteller says reaching as many people as possible is precisely their goal.
"We are all about right now creating additional access points to the people that we serve, and when we look at Huntertown specifically, this location is right at the right location that allows us to reach out to the community as opposed to making the community come to us all the time," Teffeteller said.
"It’s going to mean a lot for the community. We are heavy on the residential side, so it is great to have a commercial aspect, health clinic aspect, come into our community," Seifert said.
Seifert says Huntertown is an active and growing community, so Tuesday's groundbreaking marks the next steps in showing the rest of the state they’re ready to keep expanding.
"Huntertown is now open, and we cannot wait for businesses and other groups and entities to come out to Huntertown and start building," Seifert said.
But first, his focus is on seeing this project completed, likely by July of 2022.
"It’s great to see everyone’s plans and everyone’s ideas come to fruition at the end of the day when it’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Day," Seifert said.
Teffeteller says this Huntertown health center is part of a continued effort to expand.
Lutheran Health plans to open a facility in Downtown Fort Wayne and in Auburn in the new several weeks.