New La Porte Hospital to open in October
Patients will be in the new La Porte Hospital well before year end. Recently, La Porte Hospital CEO, Ashley Dickinson announced that construction of the new full service hospital at 1331 State Street will be completed and ready for a move-in date of October 24 to transfer patient care activities.
"The benefit is to the patients," said Dickinson. She said the new hospital was designed for efficiency and to shave minutes off treatment by locating critical departments within steps of one another. Patients will benefit from its Primary Stroke Center capabilities as well some of the newest patient care technology available. "Patients will enjoy the advantages of the new hospital a bit earlier than expected."
"We have an outstanding contractor, subcontractors and trades," said Dickinson. "Robins and Morton, general contractor, expects the building to be substantially complete in September which allows us to complete staff training and move-in well before the end of the year."
Dickinson said her team is developing a plan detailing the logistics around the move to the new facility. While some non-patient care departments may begin moving in early October, she said, the biggest portion of the move will begin early on October 24. The hospital anticipates all patients to be comfortably settled into the new hospital within four hours, she said.
Tours of the new hospital will be conducted before the hospital opens. One of the first big events planned is a celebration for employees where they can bring their families to tour the new facility.
Construction on the new medical office building, which will be attached to the new hospital, will start in July. It is expected to open in third quarter 2021 and will house physician offices, sleep studies, the infusion center, wound care center and the arrhythmia center.