Region’s newest hospital now open in LaPorte

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Published on November 04, 2020 with No Comments

The region’s newest hospital, Northwest Health-LaPorte is now open in downtown LaPorte.

The new hospital in LaPorte, Northwest Health–LaPorte, is now open and treating patients. The hospital was designed with quality of care and convenience for patients as the top priority.

On Oct. 24, Northwest Health– a Porte opened at 1331 State St. in downtown LaPorte.  That event marked the culmination of years of planning and a vision of creating a healing environment that will serve LaPorte County and surrounding areas for decades to come.

The four-story, 200,000-square foot hospital with all private patient rooms sits one block from the older LaPorte Hospital. The location was chosen for its centrality and its commitment to support the continuing development of downtown LaPorte.

The two-story lobby was designed to easily and efficiently guide patients and visitors to the healthcare services used most frequently. Registration areas, also in the lobby, were designed to ensure patient privacy

At Northwest Health–La Porte, both patients and visitors will also have access to complimentary valet parking upon arrival.  Because family members are often at the hospital during meal times, two dining options are available: the Garden Café on the first floor and The Gathering Café & Bakery on the second floor.

Next year, Northwest Health–La Porte will open the doors of a new medical office building that will be attached to the hospital. The 55,000 square-foot medical office building will feature three stories of physicians’ offices as well as the infusion center, sleep lab and wound care.

“We are so pleased to give our community the gift of a new state-of-the-art hospital,” says Ashley Dickinson, CEO of Northwest Health–LaPorte and Northwest Health-Starke. “Our new hospital is set to provide the compassionate care we’ve become known for with the addition of all brand new technology and equipment for best practice patient care.”

During the planning phase, hospital colleagues and physicians played a central role in the hospital’s evolution, said Dickinson. They collaborated with the architects to fine-tune floor plans to ensure the new facility would emphasize convenience and comfort for patients as well as quality care, she said.

“Northwest Health–LaPorte will provide a high level of clinical efficiency, advanced technology and patient convenience,” Dickinson said.

For example, privacy is important to patients, and the hospital offers all private patient rooms designed to support patient healing and family involvement. Each room includes a private bathroom and shower, a large picture window, flat screen TV, internet access, room-by-room temperature control and a recliner to allow a family member to spend the night.

In planning the new hospital, officials made the commitment to technology and medical advancements by investing millions of dollars in new equipment. This includes electronic information boards in each room that are linked to the patient’s medical record which allow patients to see their care plan at all times and also see photos of their care givers.  More than 80% of the equipment in the facility is new.

Designed to save extra steps and valuable minutes, the hospital also features floor-by-floor efficiencies, such as multiple nursing stations on each level and separate observation/documentation stations in the Intensive Care Unit. This means patients are closer to their caregivers, and caregivers are closer to the supplies, equipment and resources needed to expedite care.

The plan for transferring patients from the hospital on Lincolnway to the new facility on State Street has been a year in the making. “We looked at several methodologies, before determining what was the safest procedure to transfer our patients,” said Dickinson.

Twelve ambulances from several different agencies transported sixty-four patients, including two newborns, to the new facility.

A temporary command center at each hospital featured software to track each patient on the move. “We used one ambulance per patient,” Dickinson said. “We used paramedics in life-support ambulances to make sure everything that could be mitigated was.” Multiple agencies helped support the actual patient transfer that began at 6:00 a.m. Oct. 24, including the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Dickinson remarked, “We have a new name, a new logo, new patient-centered design, new technology, equipment, new jobs and, most importantly, we are part of an entirely new healthcare system for the region – Northwest Health. We are a regional system, which means our patients can remain here in Northwest Indiana, getting nearly all of the care they need close to home.

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The region’s newest hospital, Northwest Health-LaPorte is now open in downtown LaPorte.


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