Room for Tomorrow’s Treatments

Room for Tomorrow’s Treatments

Indiana hospital organizations are moving full-speed ahead with upgrading their services and capabilities. For many of them, this has brought about the need for new facilities as they’ve outgrown or technologically out-paced their former buildings. Major new investments are taking place in every corner of the state – literally. Take a look at some of the current projects.


NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center – $120M

The new NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center.

Indiana’s new state-of-the-art NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center was recently completed. It’s located on the east side of Indianapolis adjacent to Community Hospital East. The “NDI” is the first new state psychiatric hospital in 53 years and will advance evaluation and treatment for patients with the most challenging and complex neuropsychiatric illnesses and move them more efficiently into the most appropriate treatment settings within the community or state mental health system.

“This beautiful new facility represents our state’s renewed and focused commitment to mental health,” said Social Services Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall. “This state-of-the-art hospital will take advantage of the most recent advances in brain research and clinical care to optimize the quality of care and diagnoses for all Hoosiers with severe psychiatric illnesses.”

The staff of the 159-bed facility will serve a diverse patient population, focusing on brain-based disorders, including: acute and chronic mental illness, addictions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and neuro-degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Patients will be referred to the hospital from community mental health centers, other state psychiatric hospitals and judicial partners.

The NDI becomes Indiana’s newest in a network of six state psychiatric hospitals. It will replace a long-time institution, Larue Carter Memorial Hospital which has served patients since 1952 and is being phased out of operation.


Franciscan Beacon Hospital – $21.6M

Franciscan Beacon Hospital rendering.

Franciscan Health and Beacon Health System are joining forces to establish the new $21.6 million Franciscan Beacon Hospital in LaPorte. The project officially got underway late last year and represents the culmination of several years of planning between the two organizations.

“This project has been in the works for the last two years and is a great symbol of the commitment by both organizations to the people in LaPorte County,” said Kreg Gruber, Beacon Health System chief executive officer. “It all really started with relationships and conversations. Oftentimes, that’s where great things begin.”

Once completed in early 2020, Franciscan Beacon Hospital will comprise about 28,000 square feet of new construction and include an approximate 19,000-square-foot renovation of the current space at 900 I Street.

The hospital will also feature a full-service, 10-bed emergency department, eight inpatient beds, laboratory services, telehealth connectivity, 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.


Lutheran Downtown Hospital – $120M

Lutheran Downtown Hospital rendering.

Lutheran Health Network announced details for St. Joseph Hospital’s replacement facility in Fort Wayne, which will ultimately be called Lutheran Downtown Hospital. Situated at the southwest corner of Main and Van Buren, the 60-bed acute care hospital will be built across the street from the existing hospital on property.

Upon completion, the new hospital will include a 19-bed emergency department, a six-suite OR, three cardiac catheterization labs, two gastroenterology suites, hyperbaric medicine, wound care, imaging services including MRI and CT, robotic-assisted surgery, laboratory services, and the regional burn center.

The facility will be built with space to accommodate future growth to more than 100 beds, based on the community’s needs. Construction of the five-floor, 181,000-square-foot hospital is expected to begin summer 2019 and will take between 18 and 24 months to build. Anticipated completion of the project is late 2021.

“As we look to the future of healthcare and how it will be delivered in and around the heart of the city, this new facility will serve as a springboard to bigger and better things,” said Mike Poore, regional president and CEO of Lutheran Health Network.

The attached medical office building on campus, which was expanded and renovated in 2008, and the parking garage will continue to be utilized once Lutheran Downtown opens. At that time, the old hospital will be razed to allow for additional parking. The vacant plaza office building, which once housed the school of nursing, will also be demolished.


Deaconess Clinic Downtown
(Total costs not disclosed)

General Contractor: Barton Malow Company
Architect: SLAM Collaborative

Deaconess Clinic Downtown rendering.

Crews have broken ground on the new Deaconess Clinic Downtown project, located at 5th and Walnut Streets in Evansville on the campus of the recently-opened Stone Family Center for Health Science. The new building will feature 100,000 square feet of clinic and office space, including primary and specialty care and a new Deaconess Clinic EXPRESS.  The IU School of Medicine–Evansville will occupy 10,000 square feet for clinical research and The Vision Care Center will also be leasing space.

Patients and employees will have access to covered parking in the adjacent parking garage, located on Locust Street, which will be connected to the new building via an enclosed pedestrian bridge.

“This modern building has been designed with patient needs—and great patient care—in mind,” said Dr. Allen White, vice president and chief physician administrative officer of Deaconess Clinic. “It’s an exciting time to be part of what’s happening in downtown Evansville, particularly here in the developing medical district.”

The dedicated clinical research space for IU School of Medicine–Evansville will be partially funded by $9 million from the Regional Cities Initiative. Aside from that, no other sources of public funds are being used for the project.

“With this embedded clinical research facility inside Deaconess Clinic Downtown, the IU School of Medicine-Evansville will gain a major asset in developing new health care technologies and attracting top talent to southwest Indiana,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

The $70 million Stone Family Center for Health Sciences opened in August of last year. It was established by a collaboration between the University of Southern Indiana, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the University of Evansville. The new center combined with the new Deaconess Clinic Downtown facility formed a campus that is projected to meet the medical needs of the region for years.

Deaconess Clinic Downtown is expected to open in the spring of 2020.


La Porte Hospital – $125M

General Contractor: Robins & Morton
Architect: Gresham, Smith and Partners

New La Porte Hospital rendering.

Work is about half-way complete on the new $125 million La Porte Hospital, a 200,000-square foot facility made possible by a $140 million commitment through La Porte Hospital’s affiliation with Community Health Systems.

The new facility will be a full-service acute-care community hospital featuring services such as inpatient and outpatient surgery, a heart center, critical care, emergency services, orthopedic services, birthing & family care services, and many others. The building will also be designed to accommodate future growth.

“With every major development, our new hospital becomes more of a reality. We are building something incredible for our community,” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO of La Porte Hospital.

Architectural features of the new hospital include a mix of traditional brick and stone with enormous windows. These windows will be high performance, low-e glass, which will minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light without compromising the amount of ambient light in the building. It will also contribute to overall energy efficiency and windows will be placed throughout the facility to maximize daylight in patient care areas. The building will be supported by a steel frame supplied by regional steel mills.

Sustainability is top of mind for designers as well, with design features giving the hospital the ability to pursue Green Globes certification.

The hospital chose two out-of-town builders to help bring the project to life. The general contractor is Alabama-based Robins & Morton and the architectural firm is Gresham, Smith and Partners, a national company. Both firms have extensive hospital construction experience. Ground was broken on the project last year and the projected grand opening is set to take place in the fourth quarter of 2020.