Beacon Health System and Franciscan Health have broken ground on the $21.6-million Franciscan Beacon Hospital in LaPorte.
The project involves around 28,000 sq. ft. of new construction and a 19,000 sq. ft. renovation of the current space. When completed, the entire facility will include 92,500 sq. ft. of space.
The new hospital 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.
Located at 900 I St., near LaPorte High School, the project will cost $21.6 million. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.
“While this facility is a new model of care in the region, smaller footprint hospitals are opening all across the country,” Beacon’s CEO Kreg Gruber said in a statement. “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.”