LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A $60 million project is set to expand care at Franciscan Health Lafayette East, but it's not just about getting more people in for treatment.
Work on the new west tower is almost complete. News 18 got a sneak peak at some of the high tech upgrades designed with staff, patients and their families in mind.
"The facility itself, in this new space especially, will contribute to the continuing efforts to improve service even more," said Franciscan Health Lafayette President and CEO Terry Wilson.
Franciscan's East campus will soon be home to wound care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, rehab and sleep centers.Those are all moving from Lafayette's Central campus.
The hospital's existing outpatient, palliative care, medical/surgical nursing and oncology departments are also expanding.
"This takes that same talent and puts it in a state of the art facility to provide that very same care," added Wilson.
That new state of the art of facility measures about 107 thousand square feet, but the size isn't the only impressive thing about the investment. It's the technology.
From devices designed to help people learn to walk again, to the way food is delivered to patients, the building has some of the latest innovations. But there's also been a huge focus on people's needs.
"What do families need? What do the patients need? What do our staff need? We try to incorporate all those different aspects in there," said Jim Siemers Franciscan Alliance COO.
Roof top gardens provide a tranquil outlook for those getting treatment, and staff and families of patients will have areas to unwind.
"The family wants to be here and we've provided new space for them, additional space for them to relax and to be near their family as they're treated," Wilson said.
But this is just the beginning of big things to come for Franciscan.
"We can add more in patient space on this campus," he added. "We can add more medical office building space on this campus. We have a lot of room to grow."
Construction will be complete at the end of this month. Patients are set to move in on April 11.
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