Rendering of Lutheran’s planned downtown hospital released

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The design of the planned Lutheran Downtown Hospital has been finalized as officials prepare to break ground on the replacement for St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Fort Wayne.

Lutheran Health on Tuesday released a rendering of the planned hospital that shows a 5-story, 188,000 square foot structure with a brick, stone and metal exterior. The health network said in a news release that the exterior design of the facility has been finalized and the new rendering was shared with St. Joseph Hospital employees, board members and stakeholders Tuesday morning.

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

It was December when Lutheran Health Network announced plans to build a replacement hospital for St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Fort Wayne, at the corner of Van Buren and Main streets. Plans called for a 60-bed acute care hospital, with room to grow to 100 beds in the future.

Lutheran Health said in Tuesday’s news release that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held “this summer.”

Lutheran Downtown Hospital is expected to be completed in late 2021 and open for patient care in early 2022.

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