Ground broken on Lutheran Downtown Hospital; opening in 2022

Lutheran Health Network CEO Mark Medley speaks before ground was broken Wednesday for the new Lutheran Downtown Hospital. (News-Sentinel.com photo by Kevin Leininger)
The new Downtown Lutheran Hospital is expected to open in 2022. (Courtesy image)

“Welcome to the future of health care in downtown Fort Wayne. Lives will be saved here.”

With that, Lutheran Health Network CEO Mark Medley welcomes the large crowd of employees. dignitaries and others who gathered at West Main and Van Buren streets Wednesday afternoon to witness the groundbreaking for the new $120 million Lutheran Downtown Hospital, which will be built to the west of the current St. Joseph Hospital on property now used for physician and employee parking.

Lutheran Downtown Hospital will be five stories high and approximately 188,000 square feet and is expected to open in early 2022. It will consist of 60 inpatient beds with room to grow to 100 during future expansion to meet community needs.

The medical office building, which was expanded in 2008, and the parking garage will continue to be used once the new hospital opens. At that time, the old building will be razed for additional parking. The vacant former school of nursing will also be razed.

Under the leadership of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph Hospital opened May 4, 1869, in what was previously the 65-room Rockhill Hotel.