Franciscan Health, Beacon Health to build small acute-care hospital in LaPorte

Architect’s rendering provided

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ground was recently broken to build a new LaPorte Hospital (owned by Tennessee firm Community Health Systems). Now comes word that LaPorteans will soon have another hospital choice for their health care needs, as detailed in this press release issued Sept. 21, 2018:  

Press release from Franciscan Health and Beacon Health

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, IN, 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.

About Franciscan Health
The Franciscan Alliance healthcare ministry began in Lafayette, Ind., in 1875. Today, Franciscan Alliance is one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the Midwest with 14 hospital campuses, approximately 20,000 employees and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Health Care Excellence. Hospitals include: Franciscan Health Crown Point; Franciscan  Health Michigan City; Franciscan Health Crawfordsville; Franciscan Health Lafayette East; Franciscan Health Lafayette Central; Franciscan Health Indianapolis; Franciscan Health Carmel; Franciscan Health Rensselaer; Franciscan Health Mooresville; Franciscan Health Chicago Heights, Ill.; Franciscan Health-Olympia Fields, Ill.; Franciscan Health Hammond; Franciscan Health Dyer; and Franciscan Health Munster.

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.

8 Responses to “Franciscan Health, Beacon Health to build small acute-care hospital in LaPorte”

  1. Mike

    Sep 22. 2018

    Excellent! Always good to have options, particularly in a small community like La Porte.

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  2. Gorgeous Jim

    Sep 22. 2018

    Maybe with a little competition the astronomically high cost of health care in LaPorte County may go down a little bit, but I doubt it.

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  3. chrissy

    Sep 23. 2018

    Having choices and competition is always good for the consumer. I am very happy about this new small acute care hospital that is convenient and close.

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  4. Dan

    Sep 24. 2018

    So, in cases where 911 is called and EMS is involved, would patients have a choice to go to either emergency facilities?

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  5. Oldeskule

    Sep 25. 2018

    does this mean that the days of 2 hour waits in the ER to be seen are over and done with?

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  6. SuzQuz

    Sep 25. 2018

    There is a shortage of doctors now, and in the medical educational facilities, as well. How will all these mini hospitals be covered? Please don’t tell me “nurse practitioners.” We’re overrun by them now.

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  7. RGH

    Sep 25. 2018

    I applaud this decision. Competition and choice is good for everyone. Also may stop the flow of doctors from La Porte.
    Any dates for start and completion announced?

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  8. Col

    Sep 27. 2018

    This is GREAT news for the wellness of our city! Good to see local interest & investment in our healthcare. Thrilled that an organization with a culture like Franciscan is here to provide our families & neighbors the level of care we deserve..

    CHS has convinced me that they are not interested in being our community hospital …though I’m sure they’re great at building facilities with curb appeal.

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