Franciscan Health Lafayette opens new West Tower

Public figures and members of the medical community gathered for a dedication and blessing Monday afternoon.

Posted: Apr. 9, 2018 5:57 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Franciscan Health Lafayette East celebrated the opening of the new West Tower.

Public figures and members of the medical community gathered for a dedication and blessing Monday afternoon.

The $60 million addition was finished in just under two years. It was both on time and under budget.

It adds 106,000 square feet of space and more than 50 more beds for in patient care.

Some of the new ammenities in the new tower are a new rehabilitation gym, wound treatment center and cancer center.

Franciscan Health Lafayette president and CEO Terry Wilson said the the new tower gives much needed extra space to the East campus.

"We started it at a time when this hospital was full too often and we've been dealing with that for the last two years. So it feels good to have the room to roam so-to-speak and have opportunity grow a little bit and provide better service for people," said Wilson.

The West Tower will also have more beds for surgery patients. Wilson said that will help with improve care throughout the hospital.

"It brings some services that have been over at the Central campus on to this campus where they have a lot more resources and access to collegues and so forth and we're excited about that as well," said Wilson.

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