IU Health indicates two properties for health facilities

The Indianapolis-based health provide started advertising on billboards in October plans to open offices in the Summit City.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 10:04 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2018 10:54 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - IU Health is moving forward with plans to open health care facilities in Fort Wayne.

The Indianapolis-based health provide started advertising on billboards in October plans to open offices in the Summit City.

However, where those facilities would go and what services would be provided has been speculated since.

Sometime Friday or Saturday, IU Health installed "Coming to Your Neighborhood" signs at two empty fields across the city indicating something could be going in.

One is at the corner of Stellhorn and Lahmeyer Roads on the city's northeast side.

"That choice is very interesting and it makes it nice since there's not a lot in that area, so again it gives more choices," said Izaak Beck.

"I think it would be a good idea. I think it would bring better health care and more health care specialists to the area," said Scott Conrad.

Many people across Fort Wayne told WFFT Monday they're ready for a third option for health care.

"I think it would help bring some much needed things. my son currently goes down to Indianapolis to Riley, so it might bring an option of not having to travel to Indianapolis," Conrad said.

Another sign is up at the corner of Aboit Center Road and Dickie Road, directly across from Lutheran Hospital.

Last week, former Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer, who is now working with IU Health, told WFFT he wants to "focus on providing great care to our patients and a healthy work environment for our providers. the future for health care in fort Wayne and our region is exciting."

Beck shares that excitement.

"I think it's a good thing at the moment because it gives families more choices when it comes to health care," he said.

Fort Wayne city council members also tell WFFT IU Health is interested in building a hospital at the North River property across from Science Central.

A city spokesman said it will be awhile before the city accepts any formal requests for the property.

Meanwhile, IU Health said it's not clear where exactly the health network is in buying these properties.

A spokesman said the network is still working at what kind of facilities will be built.

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