LAPORTE, Indiana - Franciscan Health and Beacon Health System celebrated the culmination of their partnership and the end of construction at the new Franciscan Beacon Hospital with a blessing and ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday.
Franciscan Beacon will officially open its doors to patients in the coming weeks.
The two trusted health systems partnered together to create a unique, state-of-the-art hospital that includes a 24-hour, 10-bed Emergency Department. The new hospital is located at the same I Street campus where Beacon Medical Group has served the community for 50 years. Franciscan Physician Network providers are joining the expanded facility, offering patients convenient emergency and specialized care close to home.
The 92,500-square-foot facility, which includes 31,819-square-feet of new construction, features eight inpatient beds for overnight care with nursing station, laboratory services, an on-staff pharmacist, physical therapy, telehealth connectivity and the latest imaging and diagnostic equipment.
"This joint venture is a symbol of the great relationship between our two organizations and of our commitment to LaPorte and surrounding communities," said Kreg Gruber, CEO of Beacon Health System. "People want to receive the very best medical care when and where they need it. We are honored to be working with Franciscan Health to offer this new hospital, providing high-quality, convenient option to the people of LaPorte."
Construction began in November 2018 on the $21.6 million project, which included new construction and renovation of the Beacon Medical Group building.
"We're excited to welcome the community to this beautiful facility, where the latest technology will combine with the incredible talents of physicians and other healthcare professionals from our two organizations," said Dean Mazzoni, Franciscan Health Michigan City President and CEO. "Beacon Health is a great partner, and our values are well aligned to provide outstanding care to this community."
Media should direct additional questions to Robert Blaszkiewicz, Franciscan Alliance, (219) 916-7304, Robert.Blaszkiewicz@franciscanalliance.org or Heidi Prescott, Beacon Health System, (574) 807-2884, firstname.lastname@example.org.