Franciscan Health Rensselaer Investing $28M

Franciscan Health Rensselaer Investing $28M

Franciscan Health Rensselaer announces it will soon begin a $28 million project to upgrade and modernize the hospital, setting the stage for the next generation of healthcare in Jasper County and surrounding communities.

The Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees approved the investments, which will include modernizing the emergency department and accommodation for current average daily census of patient rooms to continue to enhance patient experiences.

“We’re gratified that our board is investing in Rensselaer to provide the community with state-of-the-art facilities that match the outstanding care delivered by our compassionate staff,” said Carlos Vasquez, vice president and chief operating officer at Franciscan Health Rensselaer.

“As a rural area we are fortunate to have convenient, local access to a hospital and specialized healthcare services. This update sets the stage for Jasper county to remain self-sufficient and continue to improve quality of life with convenient access of medical needs, employment opportunities and model healthy living in a rural environment,” said Chad Pulver, Board Member of Franciscan Health Western Indiana.

Renovation work will also include the hospital’s infrastructure and central plant equipment, some of which dates to the 1960s.

“A key component of the planning for this project is to make sure we continue all patient services as construction takes place,” Vasquez said, noting that some locations may change to ensure patient and staff safety.

A groundbreaking for the project will be announced at a future date. Tonn and Blank Construction will oversee the renovation work.

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