Lutheran Health Network plans ground breaking for new downtown hospital

LHN said in a news release there will be a ground breaking ceremony July 17 for Lutheran Downtown Hospital at the corner of Main Street and Van Buren Street, just west of the current St. Joseph Hospital.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 1:54 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 3:11 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Lutheran Health Network is scheduled to break ground on a new hospital in downtown Fort Wayne next month.

LHN said in a news release there will be a ground breaking ceremony July 17 for Lutheran Downtown Hospital at the corner of Main Street and Van Buren Street, just west of the current St. Joseph Hospital.

In 2017, LHN announced a new hospital will be built in the downtown area to replace the aging facility.

After deciding against attempting to buy the North River property across from Science Central from the city, LHN executives decided to build the new facility in a parking lot it already owns. The existing St. Joseph Hospital will be torn down to make more room for parking.

Lutheran Hospital Downtown will be five stories with 60 inpatient beds. There will be room to expand to 100 beds as community needs change.

It is expected to open to patients in 2022.

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