Franciscan West location still up in the air

Plans for a new Franciscan West facility are still in the works after being in development for nearly five years.

Posted: Feb. 14, 2019 5:53 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Plans for a new Franciscan West facility are still in the works after being in development for nearly five years.

Franciscan Health still owns the 28-acre plot of land at the intersection of U.S. 231 and Cumberland Avenue. However, there hasn't been a decision made on what type of facility will be built at the intersection, according to hospital officials.

CEO Terry Wilson said there is a possibility a micro-hospital will be built on the site. A micro-hospital is a smaller hospital with an emergency room with only a handful of beds and specific limits on the services provided.

"We thought on that site, a micro-hospital would be an investment of approximately $25 million," said Wilson. "You'll see jaws drop when you say that, but if it's going to be a hospital, that's what it would take."

While there hasn't been any groundbreaking, Wilson said he hopes to take the next step for the project in the near future.

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