New EMS station goes up to replace new EMS station

WNLP photos and story by Bob Wellinski 
A crew from Pavey Excavating has brought down the La Porte County EMS building, located on the northwest corner of Tyler and State streets, to make a little more space for the new La Porte Hospital. The EMS base was built just a little over 4 years ago. A new base is under construction on the east side of Tyler Street, a stone’s throw from the demolished base.
La Porte County sold the State/Tyler property to La Porte Hospital for $1,055,000, according to the Beacon. The La Porte County Board of Commissioners voted to award a $954,000 contract to New Tech Construction to construct the new building.
EMS will temporarily use the former House of Fara building, located behind Kabelin Ace Hardware on the west side, until the new base is completed.
Meanwhile, construction on the new La Porte Hospital is progressing as the building’s skeleton is enclosed. The first photo below shows the new hospital looming in the foreground with the current one in the background.

27 Responses to “New EMS station goes up to replace new EMS station”

  1. lawman

    Dec 27. 2019

    if they plan right they might be able to fit another dollar store in there somewhere.

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  2. More cost/not needed

    Dec 27. 2019

    It baffles my brain that when the plans were made for this new hospital that the plans couldn’t be made to incorporate a building that was 4 years old. So more money is being spent to tear down a new building to rebuild it somewhere else.

    As of right now, Laporte Hospital is one of the highest places for labs, xrays, and other medical things. This new hospital is not going to “bring in more” people. People are choosing to go to Michigan city and South Bend and other places. Beacon is even building a place for people to choose to go to over Laporte Hospital.

    I guess when the hospital is spending other people’s money, it easy to just demolish a perfectly good building and rebuild it just a few feet away.

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    • Scott

      Dec 28. 2019

      Just more evidence how ridiculously overpriced healthcare is. Money flows like water for them.

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    • Lisa

      Dec 28. 2019

      The new Hospital is smaller. The fifth floor of the current hospital isn’t even used. The 6th floor houses the HR and payroll employees (etc), but is in no way FULLY utilized and 7th floor? Sleep lab- which is 4 rooms and colleague health has a small office. They could easily eliminate 2 floors and still have space…. not defending. Just saying.

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    • County resident #1

      Dec 29. 2019

      Lawman you made my morning with that …still laughing

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    • LaPorte Resident

      Dec 29. 2019

      I’m with ya there, I went to my La Porte Dr and he sent me to Michigan City ER over La Porte ER, he said he liked the MC one better.

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  3. John

    Dec 28. 2019

    Oh, it was indeed a very stupid move to build something brand new one year and then tear it back down four years later. No foresight, no planning, no common sense. The new hospital building even LOOKS smaller than the old one. How do they expect to have enough room for all the patients? Please don’t tell me they’ll cram two to a room.

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  4. Jeff

    Dec 28. 2019

    It seems to me that when the hospital made EMS move.They probably already had some plans in place to build a new hospital. This is the biggest waste of money.

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  5. Jeff

    Dec 28. 2019

    At least the Dollar stores are built by a local company.

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  6. BJH

    Dec 28. 2019

    Lawman, now that is funny!

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  7. Tim

    Dec 28. 2019

    How much did it cost to build the first new EMS building?

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  8. SuzQuz

    Dec 28. 2019

    Who are the actual people who planned all this? I want names. They build a beautiful EMS station only to tear it down. Makes me want to live elsewhere, as I’m ashamed of the lack of intelligent planning.

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  9. Robert

    Dec 28. 2019

    La Porte Hospital: that’ll be $575 for those 2 ibuprofen…..,

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  10. Follow the $$

    Dec 28. 2019

    You folks are close however like in Watergate, you need to follow the money! Ask how much is the county government ( i.e. your tax dollars ) spent for temporary EMS quarters? How much did the just razed building cost and how much for a new one to be built? Ask why they chose to buy an old fire station that was in poor repair in Michigan City, continue to dump money into a building that wasn’t good enough for the firemen? Why wasn’t a joint venture made between the new MC hospital and the county to build a new EMS base at their site?

    Why don’t your elected officials plan any father than the next election? Ask how many costly studies have been done on the salaries of the county workers only for them to be ignored and never shared?

    Not sure where New Tech Construction is from however if it isn’t a local company, why? Hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars not going back into the local economy? How ironic is it that a major contractor is literally across the tracks?

    Top of all of the questions should be; how does the county government NOT work out a deal to keep a four-year-old building that was designed to be an ambulance base, be maintained and made a part of the new facility? The ambulance base, way back, started with a bay actually in the hospital and worked incredibly well.

    SuzQuz is right… makes me physically ill to see our tax dollars squandered and it may just be the time to move away.

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  11. lawman

    Dec 28. 2019

    la porte has a history of poor planning. let’s go back to the new LPHS. opened maybe ’62 or 63. two years later comes the consolidation of some county schools into LPHS and bang! new school way too small! I enter in 1965 and have to SHARE a locker not really big enough for one. so they build the new ”addition” at a cost of MORE than the whole school cost to start with. and no one knew the consolidation was coming???

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  12. Name (required)

    Dec 28. 2019

    I can’t wait to see what the next EMS building will look like in four years. Maybe they’ll at least let the paint dry before tearing this one down. But I agree…I also demand another dollar store. Perhaps they could incorporate it into the old hospital building. Plenty of space in there.

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  13. Gorgeous Jim

    Dec 29. 2019

    It’s a shame that we had to go from bricks to sticks in the construction of the new EMS base. Also I was under the assumption that all new commercial construction had to be built with steel framing. Possibly someone in the know of commercial construction could chime in on this. It would certainly be a shame if we had to tear down this new building under construction because its framing only meets residential standards. And then the tax payers will have to shell out another $1,000,000 to start over again.

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  14. Bernie

    Dec 29. 2019

    Well, I thought sound-off was, mercifully, dead and buried. The new La Porte Hospital is being built at a cost of ~$128 million dollars so, when all of you negative people need state-of-the art medical care you will have the best care your sorry butts don’t deserve. And, think of all the jobs the construction of the hospital brought to the community to build it. The old hospital is a dinosaur that is too expensive to operate and needs to go. The new hospital will be far more cost efficient.

    Typical La Porte negativism. La Porte Hospital is one of the largest employers in the county, and now, because it is a for-profit hospital will be adding millions of future dollars to the city’s coffers in property tax.

    The reason there are so many Dollar General type stores in La Porte is because that’s what La Porteans want. Economics 101. They serve a need in the community that no other store wants to provide. Competition creates the best prices for the consumer.

    With regards to the EMS building, The hospital paid the county to buy it and it appears the county made money on the deal based on what it received for the land and building and what it will cost to build a new one. Another plus for the taxpayers as it did not cost them anything.

    Geez, start thinking logically before writing the above drivel, La Porte. It’s all good.

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  15. Andrew Serafin DDS

    Dec 29. 2019

    And you wonder why health care is so expensive…..its not the docs that are driving the prices.. ITS THE THIRD PARTIES. They feed off of the system…which incidentally just so happens to be you

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  16. lawman

    Dec 29. 2019

    Bernie-you would be happy if they built a nuclear waste dump in la porte as long as it created 2 night janitor jobs.

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  17. Bernie

    Dec 29. 2019

    Lawman,

    You just won the “nattering nabob of negativism” award by demonstrating your complete ignorance of basic economics. Bet you voted for Tim Staboz. Do your homework. But, people like you don’t really care about positive change in our good city, do you? You love to see people fail. Sad. Why not move to Gary; lots more to criticize there to make you feel good.

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  18. John

    Dec 30. 2019

    Ohh, lawman–LOVED that last comment!!!! I agree with you. Don’t mind Bernie; he’s just nattering himself.

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  19. Name (required)

    Dec 30. 2019

    Wow, Bernie. You complaining about people complaining about this issue is simply amazing!

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  20. Sarah

    Dec 30. 2019

    HUGE waste of money all around!!

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  21. Paul

    Dec 30. 2019

    This all defense coming from a guy named Bernie. Coincidence i think not.

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  22. Laportean

    Dec 30. 2019

    Bernie- right there with you! Can’t make any progress and positive changes without spending money. Again all the naysayers crawl out of the woodwork- and are also the first to complain that there is no growth or anything to do in this town.

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