Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte breaks ground on new offices and conference & learning center

Left side back row: James Clarke, Dr. Gary Wheeland. Left side front row: Tim Larson, Jim Kaminski, Daniel Kaminski, Rory Bunce, Drumm Osborn. Right side, back row: Rich Schmitt, Jeffrey Bernel, Jane Nelson, James Laughlin. Right side, front row: Maria Fruth, Kathleen Lang, Hester Muller, Amanda Wolf.

WNLP photos (below) by Bob Wellinski

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On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte (HFL) broke ground on a new facility in LaPorte, IN. The structure will become HFL’s new headquarters and will house a conference & learning center. The new building will be located 1.7 miles southeast of the current HFL office and will serve as a great resource for the foundation and surrounding community.

The center will be 12,815 square feet and will be completely accessible. HFL is utilizing the expertise of the architects at Shive Hattery and the team at Larson-Danielson Construction to conceptualize and bring their vision into fruition. The site, nestled in a tranquil location surrounded by nature and located just south of Fishtrap Lake, will be constructed using natural materials that will complement the land. There is even a previously established hiking trail, the Chessie Trial, alongside the site, and HFL will add a water/rest stop for trail participants to use. The exact location is McClung Road and East Shore Road, near the north-side LaPorte city fire station.

The Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte stated it sees potential for the Chessie Trail to improve the health and quality of life of the community. Its grant to the project of $232,020 provided the 20 percent match for the federal grant LaPorte City received.

The primary function of this center will be to host many educational opportunities for not for profits sponsored by HFL, such as the Not for Profit Leadership Academy, Board Governance Academy, and other speakers and seminars. It will be a productive space to meet, learn, retreat and plan, offered free of charge to nonprofit organizations that engage in charitable activities benefiting the residents of LaPorte County and other public entities. It also holds the potential to host health and wellness seminars and speakers.

The building will feature a large conference room that can be split into 3 smaller rooms and will be capable of seating 10 to 223 people. This will offer a variety of room configurations and each room will include state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, wi-fi and conference telephones. There will also be a large warming kitchen located close to the conference room(s) that will serve as a convenience for events that will host a hot meal.

An Incubator Space will also be available within the building. This space will be a dedicated area for nonprofits to work and collaborate with their mentors, designers, accountants and other industry experts. It will ideally be a space for young nonprofits to remove barriers and should help ease them into the  often costly process of establishing administrative and financial systems.

“HFL’s evolution is logical as money alone cannot change a community. A significant part of the plan relies on the development and enhancement of deeper partnerships with and across organizations and our community,” said Maria Fruth, President & CEO of HFL. When asked about the foundation’s strategic roadmap, Fruth added, “It is only by working together toward common goals that we will successfully reach our vision – to be among Indiana’s top 10 healthiest communities by 2030.”

The Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte is a not-for-profit, independent, private foundation dedicated to promoting health and wellness for the residents in and around LaPorte. This foundation was initially funded in March 2016 from the proceeds of the sale of LaPorte Hospital. With their shared vision, the LaPorte Hospital Foundation and the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte blended their financial and operational efforts together as of Jan. 1, 2017.

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2 Responses to “Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte breaks ground on new offices and conference & learning center”

  1. Tim

    Aug 21. 2019

    Where exactly is it going to be located at ?

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    • Staff

      Aug 21. 2019

      McClung Road and East Shore Road, near the north-side LaPorte city fire station.

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