LAPORTE, Indiana - Franciscan Health and Beacon Health System have announced plans to build a small acute care hospital equipped with a 24-hour Emergency Department in LaPorte, Indiana, adding to the I Street campus where Beacon Medical Group is currently located, according to Franciscan and Beacon Health officials. The project includes approximately 28,000 square feet of new construction and a 19,000 square foot renovation of the current space. When completed, the entire facility will include 92,500 square feet of space.
The new facility will be named Franciscan Beacon Hospital. It will include a full-service, 10-bed emergency department, eight inpatient beds, laboratory services and telehealth connectivity, as well as state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic equipment.
"This is going to be an incredible, high-quality option for hospital services and outpatient imaging in LaPorte County," said Dean Mazzoni, Franciscan Health Michigan City president and CEO. "We intend to provide the citizens of LaPorte County excellent health care close to home."
In addition to the $21.6 million project, Franciscan Health physicians and specialists will join Beacon Health physicians on the campus. Currently both Beacon and Franciscan Health physicians serve a large number of patients from the area.
"While this facility is a new model of care in the region, smaller footprint hospitals are opening all across the country," said Kreg Gruber, Beacon's chief executive officer. "These types of facilities, like Beacon Granger Hospital slated to open in the summer of 2019, are designed to meet the needs of patients when and where they need it. They provide a smaller, more patient-friendly model and higher patient satisfaction without sacrificing the highest in professional and expert care," he added.
Frequently Asked Questions
What benefit does a hospital of this size have?
A facility of this size allows patients to access the same high quality care that you can expect from Beacon and Franciscan Health but on a more intimate and personal basis.
What services will be available at Franciscan Beacon Hospital?
Franciscan Beacon Hospital will have board-certified emergency room ER physicians and registered nurses who are prepared to treat a variety of serious illnesses and injuries. Technicians at the hospital will offer imaging and diagnostic services.
How is Franciscan Beacon Hospital different from an urgent care center?
Franciscan Beacon Hospital will treat more serious conditions than urgent care locations. Full on-site emergency services will be available 24/7 for patients who walk in or are transported by ambulance.
About Franciscan Health
The Franciscan Alliance healthcare ministry began in Lafayette, Indiana in 1875. Today, Franciscan Health is one of the largest Catholic health systems in the Midwest, with 12 hospital campuses across Indiana and Illinois, 20,000 employees and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Excellence. With more than 850 primary and specialty care providers at over 260 locations, Franciscan Physician Network is one of the largest and most respected multi-specialty physician networks in the Midwest, providing compassionate care along with the latest treatments and technology to the communities we serve.
About Beacon Health System
Beacon Health System is the largest, locally owned and operated non-profit health care system in the region. Beacon is our community’s trusted partner and guide in creating and maintaining health as well as the majority provider of services to the underinsured and underserved. Elkhart General Hospital, Community Hospital of Bremen, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Epworth Hospital, Beacon Children's Hospital, Beacon Medical Group and Beacon Health & Fitness are powered by more than 7,000 associates and 1,100 physicians who provide the best care possible to people of all ages. Beacon also trains medical residents in family medicine and hospital pharmacy.