LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Franciscan Health Lafayette East celebrated its new West Tower with a blessing and dedication on April 9 at the hospital at 1701 South Creasy Lane in Lafayette. Following the ceremony, open houses for employees, volunteers, physicians and community members were held.
"When we gathered here almost two years ago, we were standing in a parking lot looking at an empty space in front of the hospital. Now, here we are gathered to celebrate the completion of our new West Tower," said Terry Wilson, president and CEO of Franciscan Health Western Indiana.
The project was announced in April 2016 and costs around $60 million.
The West Tower will have 106,000 square feet of space and will include 52 new patient beds. The following services will be relocated or expanded include:
Franciscan Health officials will begin moving patients into the new tower beginning on Wednesday, April 11. Patients in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center will be relocated that morning. The Advanced Wound Healing Center, Cancer Center, Sleep Disorders Center/Neurodiagnostics and Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists will see patients the morning of Friday, April 13 in their current locations. In the afternoon, they will close and relocate to their new spaces at the East campus. Advanced Wound Healing Center, the Cancer Center and Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists will see patients at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 16. The Sleep Disorders Center will reopen to patients on Monday, April 23.
By Matt Oates
Marketing and Public Relations