FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The landscape of the Parkview Regional Medical campus is getting ready to change.
Parkview officials announcing plans Monday to build a new six-story tower next to the existing core tower.
Parkview Regional Medical Campus President Ben Miles says they've been working on a plan that encompasses the system of care.
"What we plan to do is add seventy two beds in this initial phase. what we have learned though throughout our time serving the community is that we want to make sure we have some flexibility as we continue to grow and want to make sure we have the ability to adapt to what our community needs from us," Miles said.
Miles says Parkview is obsessed with the patient experience.
He says as they've become more efficient and added to what they can do that they know they're running out of room.
Miles says they're taking a different approach with this new building.
"We're actually going to be building out the top three floors and putting outpatient floors there," Miles said. "What that's going to do is allow the bottom three floors there to be open and if we decide to add additional in-patient beds we can do so, but if we find there's more of a need around the ambulatory or outpatient space we'll be able to really go more in that direction."
Miles says there are still some steps to take before work starts on the tower, like submitting the plans with the county. Miles says they hope to start turning some dirt by the end of this year.
"So over the course of the next couple of years we're working on bridging strategies to make sure we can accommodate the growth that we see in near term but really this is about making sure that we have the capacity to truly make sure that that patient is getting in the right place at the right time," Miles said.
Miles says they'd like to have those first three floors open by 2020 and the project wrapped up sometime in 2021.