Places of Caring

Places of Caring

Hospital Projects Take Shape All Over the State

If construction projects are any indication about the overall health of a particular industry, then the medical field in Indiana is certainly doing well. As our team set out to gather details on projects for our annual healthcare issue, there were almost too many to choose from.

Almost every major hospital group in the state, both large and small, currently has some kind of expansion, renovation, or new construction project underway. Each one of them is predicated on improving the overall wellness for the entire state and expanding service offerings to their respective regions. Take a look at some of the new facilities currently taking shape throughout Indiana’s medical industry:

Franciscan’s New Model of Care
$50 Million, Greenwood, IN
General Contractor: Tonn & Blank Construction
Architect: Arc Design

Rendering of Franciscan Health’s new medical complex in Johnson County.

To meet the healthcare demands in the fast-growing suburbs of northern Johnson County, Franciscan Health has big plans to go smaller with a new model of hospital and outpatient care. The company is poised to begin work on a new outpatient and specialty care pavilion and a connecting micro-hospital, including an emergency department in White River Township. Its location is near State Road 135 and Stones Crossing Road.

“Franciscan Health is committed to providing high quality healthcare with convenient access to those we serve,” said President and CEO James Callaghan, MD. “White River Township in Johnson County has experienced dynamic growth in recent years and we have been researching and planning the development of a medical complex that best serves the overall needs of people in this area and beyond.”

The three-story medical complex will encompass about 85,000 square feet and will have 58 patient exam rooms for family medicine and internal medicine services. The pediatric wing of the facility will have 16 exam rooms, and other features of the building include fill-scale imaging services, a 15-room “Flex Clinic,” obstetrical and gynecological care, a wellness spa, and a rehabilitation area.

The adjoining Franciscan Health Stones Crossing micro-hospital and emergency department more fully completes the outreach to the surging population in northern Johnson County. It will offer some of the same services found at Franciscan Health Indianapolis and Mooresville – each located some 12 miles away northeast and southwest of the planned site, respectively – but on a smaller scale.

“Our micro-hospital is a model of value-based care and focuses on providing the right kind of care, at the right time, at the right location for patients residing in that area,” said Robert J. Brody, senior vice president of ambulatory services and chief operating officer for Franciscan Alliance.

The Franciscan Health Stones Crossing micro-hospital facility, approximately 20,000 square feet, will include approximately eight inpatient rooms and a freestanding emergency department with ten exam areas.

Construction on Franciscan Health’s project is expected to begin in March 2017. Both facilities are expected to be complete in late fall 2018. The estimated cost of the overall project is $50 million.

Riverview Health’s New Hospital
$36 Million, Westfield, IN
Construction Manager: Summit Construction Co., Inc.
Architect: American Structurepoint

Rendering of new Riverview Health facility in Westfield.

What was once a plan for a new care center has officially grown into a full-fledged hospital. Riverview Health announced that its Board of Trustees approved plans to expand the scope of services at its new facility on the northeast corner of State Route 32 and U.S. Route 31 in Westfield, which is set to open in late 2017. Initially, hospital officials had only planned on the facility being an ambulatory care and urgent care center.

The 108,000-square-foot hospital will include inpatient beds, three surgery suites, and an emergency room. Previous plans for the building included only outpatient services. The total cost for the project is $36 million and more than 80 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project.

“Meeting the needs of the community and providing access to high-quality, reliable healthcare without sacrificing convenience has always been a top priority throughout our decision-making process,” said Seth Warren, Riverview Health president and CEO. “Inpatient beds, a full range of imaging services, and expanded emergency services will allow us to treat a broader range of medical cases and provide services for those who require additional care beyond an outpatient setting.”

In addition to expanded emergency care, the new facility will also include a wide range of services, including: imaging, laboratory, outpatient pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, an employer wellness clinic, endocrinology, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and more.

To improve energy efficiency, the building has a high-performance envelope and a geothermal mechanical system with 130 wells. LED lights will be used throughout, and large amounts of glass provide natural daylight. In an effort to consider the entire patient experience, the interior design will focus on the well-being of patients and their loved ones while integrating key features for staff. Many of the spaces are designed to invoke a relaxing hospitality ambiance to create a calming environment. In addition, the site promotes walking and bicycling to connect with the broader community, while also providing ample green space with native vegetation.

Lutheran Hospital’s ER Expansion/Renovation
$6.1 Million, Fort Wayne, IN
General Contractor: Weigand Construction
Architect: MSKTD & Associates, Inc.

Lutheran Hospital exterior.

The initial phase of a significant expansion and renovation of the emergency department at Lutheran Hospital is expected to begin in the first half of 2017. The goal of the project is to generate improved efficiencies for staff and a better overall experience for patients.

Much of the work will focus on the creation of an eight-bed, 3,900-square-foot transition unit located adjacent to the existing 16,600-square-foot adult ER. The new area will allow for short-term patient monitoring while freeing valuable exam rooms when the ER is busiest.

Other key elements of the $6.1 million project include the addition of a new CT scanner in the ER for immediate access to the latest diagnostic technology; a fifth trauma bay to accommodate multiple critical patients simultaneously; and four rooms designated as a results waiting area to quickly treat and release patients.

“The ER is the first experience many people have with a hospital and it is Lutheran’s goal to make that initial experience pleasant and seamless,” said Brian Bauer, CEO, Lutheran Health Network. “We constantly look for ways to streamline our process in the ER so patients quickly receive quality care.”

When completed, the existing ER will have a total of 28 treatment rooms, a fifth trauma room, and more workstations. The entire space will have new flooring, paint, hardware, curtains, furniture, and equipment. Including the new eight-bed transition unit, the entire adult emergency department will grow to 36 beds and 20,500 square feet. Work on Lutheran’s ER will be comprised of five phases, which will enable it to remain fully operational throughout the project. All work is expected to be completed by October 2018.

This is the latest in a series of Lutheran Health Network projects designed to support operational efficiencies to reduce wait times and improve the experience for emergency patients. Other recent projects include an ER expansion at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru, which was completed in December, and the opening of Lutheran ER Statewood – Fort Wayne’s first freestanding ER – in October. Combined, these LHN ER projects account for a capital investment of nearly $20 million over the past year and a half.

Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science & Research Center
$70+ Million, Evansville, IN
Developer: Evansville HealthRealty
Construction Management: Skanska
Design Firms: PCI Skanska, S/L/A/M Collaborative

Project renderings of the IU School of Medicine-Evansville campus.

Construction is underway on the new Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science Education and Research Campus in downtown Evansville. The launch of a new model of medical education training for future physicians, dentists, and health professionals in Indiana will serve as the new home for the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville campus.

The interprofessional medical education and research center will offer the most advanced technologies to educate and train future generations of physicians, dentists, nurses, health science researchers, and other health care providers and is a direct result of a unique and well-coordinated collaboration among four regional hospitals and three institutions of higher education. The partners are Deaconess Health System, Evansville, Ind.; Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Ind.; Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Ind.; St. Mary’s Health System, Evansville, Ind.; Indiana University; University of Evansville; and University of Southern Indiana.

The medical education research center will open for the 2017-18 academic school year. The signature element of the campus will be a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art simulation center where advanced technologies will be tested and used in combination with training, research, and potential product development.

“The various health science programs offered by the participating schools will redefine the future of health care not just for our region, but for the entire state of Indiana and the nation,” said Dr. Steven Becker, director of the IU School of Medicine-Evansville. “The medical campus will tap the knowledge and experience of local physicians, who are immensely skilled and widely respected in their professions, to provide most of the clinical training. We know that most doctors who are trained here will stay here, creating a pipeline of future health professionals for our region.”

Indiana lawmakers have approved $25.2 million for the campus, and the City of Evansville has approved a total financial package of $52 million. The annual estimated economic impact of the medical school project is projected to exceed $350 million within 10 years, by 2025.

 Largest Expansion in Johnson Memorial Health’s History
$42 Million, Franklin, IN
Architecture & Engineering Firm: Cripe Architects & Engineers

Project renderings of the new Johnson Memorial Health emergency/outpatient facility and rehabilitation center.

The Johnson Memorial Health (JMH) Board of Trustees has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art emergency/outpatient services facility and a new comprehensive rehabilitation center on the Johnson Memorial Hospital campus in Franklin. The $42 million project, the largest in Johnson Memorial Health’s history, will completely re-shape the east side of the campus with the new emergency/outpatient facility, replacing the original 1947 hospital building. The new rehabilitation center will be constructed on the undeveloped west end of the campus.

The emergency/outpatient services addition will feature a 17,400-square-foot emergency department and over 33,000 square feet of additional space for outpatient services including radiology, laboratory, and wellness activities. The rehabilitation center will contain 20,400 square feet that will house physical, occupational, and speech therapy/rehabilitation services as well as orthopedic care services. Indianapolis-based design firm Cripe will oversee the project’s architecture and engineering requirements.

“This is a significant milestone in the history of Johnson Memorial Health,” said Sandi Huddleston, Chairperson of the JMH Board of Trustees. “With this project, we will greatly improve patient comfort and convenience and ensure superior healthcare service for the growing population of Johnson County for many years to come.”

As with all JMH capital projects, the new $42 million dollar construction project will utilize no local or county tax dollars. Construction will begin this year and is expected to be complete by 2020.

St. Catherine Hospital’s Renovated ICU
$2 Million, East Chicago, IN
General Contractor: Pangere Corporation

Interior view of the renovated ICU at St. Catherine Hospital.

St. Catherine Hospital’s newly-renovated intensive care unit affords new comforts and advanced technologies for critical care patients and their loved ones. The 16-bed unit has been completely redesigned as part of a $2 million project by the hospital, a Community Healthcare System affiliate.

“This truly is a special day for us,” said Jo Ann Birdzell, chief executive officer of St. Catherine Hospital. “Our new ICU will provide our nurses, physicians, and their patients with the finest critical care facilities, systems, technology, and equipment among Northwest Indiana.”

The new, open-air styled unit features an oval work station with enclosed glass and multiple entry and exit points. This design element gives medical and nursing staff a panoramic, 360-degree view of all patient rooms, which have been redesigned in a way that opens up space to better accommodate medical staff, nurses, and visitors. Panels for vital equipment hook-ups, including dialysis, were installed behind the beds and inside walls, maximizing mobility and efficiencies for patient care.

The LED-lit unit includes an isolation suite, respiratory room for ventilator decontamination, and easily accessible personal protective equipment. Two rooms are outfitted with patient lifts. Flooring is cushioned and furnishings enhanced; all fabric and materials in the unit are antimicrobial to reinforce infection control and a sterile environment.

St. Catherine is also performing expansions to other areas of the hospital. Work is currently underway to expand the hospital’s Anti-Coagulation and Outpatient Retail Pharmacy.