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Lutheran releases hospital design

May 1, 2019

Lutheran Health Network said Tuesday it has finalized exterior design plans for Lutheran Downtown : the hospital that will replace St. Joseph. A groundbreaking ceremony for the estimated $120 million project is expected this summer.

Lutheran Downtown Hospital will be five stories and about 188,000 square feet, built on property currently used as an employee parking lot on the southwest corner of Van Buren and Main streets. 

Updates include more windows to allow natural light, which Lutheran said “enhances a healing environment.” The design also adds a mix of brick, stone, metal panels and an exterior insulation finish system to create a more textured facade, helping to modernize and beautify the building.

The rendering was shared with St. Joseph Hospital employees, board members and other key stakeholders Tuesday morning, Lutheran said in a news release.

“Each significant step we take in the creation of Lutheran Downtown Hospital brings with it a renewed sense of enthusiasm from all involved,” Lutheran Health Network CEO Mark Medley said in a statement. The exterior design, he added, “blends classic and modern elements into a total package that fits well with other recent construction in downtown Fort Wayne.”

The hospital is expected to be completed in late 2021 and open for patient care in early 2022, Tuesday’s news release said. The  hospital will have 60 inpatient beds with room to grow to 100 through future expansion.

Lutheran is conducting a national search for a permanent CEO for St. Joseph. Lisa Dolan is interim CEO.

Paula Autry, previously Lutheran Hospital CEO, was expected to become St. Joseph’s CEO on April 1 and help with plans for the new hospital. However, about two weeks after making that announcement, Lutheran confirmed that Autry decided to take a project CEO position with Community Health Systems, Lutheran’s parent company.

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