Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health broke ground earlier today on its new patient tower at its St. Elizabeth East campus, 1701 S. Creasy Lane in Lafayette.
"Our celebration today comes after several years of strategic planning with physician partners and staff, and after carefully listening to patients and the community about how we can continue caring for this growing community. Fittingly, we break ground for a new addition nine years after we broke ground for the East campus," said Terry Wilson, president and CEO of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.
The new patient tower is the product of a facility plan that began consolidating medical services out of the St. Elizabeth Central campus at 1501 Hartford Street in Lafayette, announced on April 22, 2014. Ground was broken on the East campus on June 12, 2007.
The most noticeable change will be to the Lafayette East campus with the addition of a three-story patient tower in front of the current facility. The West Tower will be built out towards Creasy Lane and go out over the driveway and plaza that leads into the Visitors Entrance.
The West Tower will have 106,000 square feet of space and will include approximately 52 new patient beds. The following services will be relocated or expanded include:
The West Tower will be connected via walkway to the North and South Towers.The architect for the new West Tower is MSKTD and Associates of Indianapolis; the contractor for this and all other projects is Tonn and Blank of Michigan City.
All rooms will be identical to existing rooms at the East location, which opened on Feb. 25, 2010.
Construction for the new West Tower will begin sometime in the summer of 2016 with completion to be set for 2018.
While the groundbreaking focused on the new patient tower, Wilson also highlighted the numerous other expansions happening at the hospital: an expanded surgery waiting room; operating room expansion which will expand operating room capacity, storage, new office space for hospitalists and other physicians; installation of a new GE 32 Channel, 1.5T 450W MRI and will also include the CaringSuite package; and remodeling of the Woman's Clinic and Lafayette OB/GYN offices in the 3920 Building.
This is the second groundbreaking of the year for Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health. On May 23, it held a groundbreaking ceremony in Crawfordsville for the new $10 million emergency room. A groundbreaking event will be held in the future for the remodeling at the St. Elizabeth Central campus, where the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Kathryn Weil Center for Education, Staff Education and EMS Education will be housed.
"Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health's dedication to providing excellent healthcare services, along with compassionate spiritual care, is essential to our community's wellbeing. For any of us who have been ill and needed medical care, we know that treating the mind, body and spirit is essential for healing the whole person," said the Most Rev. Timothy Doherty, bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. "I'm confident that once opened, this new addition and all of the hospital services that will be provided here will do that and more."
"It can't be overstated to what they have meant to the community," said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. The Sisters have found ways to grow, embrace technology and service, continued Roswarski. "We really celebrate the vision and investment of this new facility."
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said that partnerships are key to making Tippecanoe County continue to grow and prosper. "Healthcare is a need that continues to grow," said Dennis. "We are doing the right things for the citizens."
Video from the event is available on the hospital's Facebook page at Facebook.com/StEHealth.