FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Lutheran Health Network announces some service changes as their new hospital is being built.
Services from St. Joseph Hospital will transition to other facilities within the network.
Lutheran says the transition comes as construction progresses on Lutheran Downtown Hospital.
St. Joseph will still maintain 24-hour emergency services, acute and critial care, adult behaviorl services and surgical suites on an on-call basis.
A press release from Lutheran says service changes include:
· The Burn Center will transition to Lutheran Hospital next month. The consolidation of the trauma and burn programs into a tertiary care location aligns with national best practices and will provide burn patients and their families with easy access to additional specialized support, should it be needed.
· Cardiac catheterization services will transition to Lutheran Hospital’s Heart and Valve Center as well as to Dupont Hospital and Kosciusko Community Hospital when cardiac cath services open later this year.
· Transitional care services, which are widely available across Fort Wayne, will end in the coming months. The closure will occur after all current patients have been discharged. We are confident that other providers are able to meet the community’s current and future needs. Lutheran Health Network will continue to offer transitional care services at Bluffton Regional Medical Center and Dukes Memorial Hospital.
· Similar to transitional care, geropsych services will end after all current patients have been discharged. Changes to the approach to caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has resulted in the development of memory units in an increasing number of long-term care and assisted living facilities.
Lutheran adds that employees impacted by the service changes will be reassigned to similar positions across the network.