FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Patients are settling into their new rooms at the Lutheran Downtown Hospital.

Saturday morning, patients and health care workers began the official transition to the new hospital.

Longtime St. Joseph Hospital employees walked across Van Buren Street Saturday morning after clearing each floor, turning out the lights and ceremonially thanking the building for its service to the community.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday morning to mark the completion of the hospital. The new facility replaces the adjacent St. Joseph Hospital which will be demolished to make way for parking.

The new hospital is located at Van Buren and West Main on the west side of downtown Fort Wayne adjacent to the West Central Neighborhood.

“I am pleased that Lutheran Downtown Hospital will be completed months ahead of schedule. Our community is going to benefit from a hospital that is designed with the total patient experience in mind,” said Twilla Lee, CEO of Lutheran Downtown Hospital.

“Both hospitals will be operating simultaneously beginning at 6 a.m. on Nov. 13,” explained Lee. “This will continue until the last patient is safely moved to their new location or discharged.” It is expected that the move will be completed by noon or earlier Saturday.

Lutheran Health Network announced the new hospital in 2017 and construction began in 2019 on the 194,000 square foot, $118 million project.