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New Medical Facilities under Construction

Monday, August 31, 2015

Organizers say the new facilities will improve health care opportunities in both their respective communities.

According to a press release from the Franciscan Alliance, the Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City hospital will be moving to a 70-acre site at the corner of I-94 and Ind. 421 in Michigan City at a cost of about $175 million.

The facility is planned to feature 120 all-private inpatient rooms, outpatient services and a medical office building. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2016.

In the release, Dr. Vidya Kora, a member of the Northern Indiana Regional Board for Franciscan Alliance and a member of the Franciscan St. Anthony Health medical staff, said this hospital has been needed for years.

"We are excited this dream will soon become a reality," Kora said. "Although Franciscan St. Anthony's provides physicians and patients with state-of-the-art equipment, patient rooms and service areas are smaller than you find in hospitals being built today. Building a new campus will be good for our patients, our physicians, staff and the community."

But also on the horizon is a new $38 million, 71,000-square-foot outpatient medical clinic in Mishawaka.

Designed to serve area veterans, it will take the place of an 18,000-square-foot facility in downtown South Bend. The planned clinic will offer such new treatments as cardiology, pulmonology, optometry and audiology services. The new clinic will also have a staff of more than 100 VA employees.

It will be called the St. Joseph County Health Care Center, and will be located at the corner of Trinity Place and Fir Road, just east of the new St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Franciscan Alliance Inc.