The Franciscan Alliance Board of Directors have approved funding approximately $20 million in projects that will bring additional services to the former Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital location on Homer Street.
The board approved the funding to completely repurpose Franciscan Health’s Homer Street campus after the opening of a new hospital at 3500 Franciscan Way in January 2019. Funding will be used to tear down all but the 2001 patient tower, emergency department and parking garage. A Franciscan Health ExpressCare location will continue to operate out of a portion of the previous emergency department.
The funds will also go toward renovating all levels of the patient tower to welcome a Franciscan PACE (Program for the All-inclusive Care of the Elderly) program on the ground floor and to relocate Franciscan Health Michigan City’s 14-bed inpatient Behavioral Medicine Unit (BMU) from the hospital’s fifth floor to the second-floor patient tower at Homer Street. Discussions are also under way with other community partners to offer programs and services at the renovated Homer Street campus that will advance Franciscan Health’s Mission and address priorities identified by its recent community health needs assessment (CHNA).
“Programming, planning and design on the Homer Street project will kick off soon. When we are finished, the new and improved Homer Street campus will be thriving once again with existing and new programs and services to meet the needs of the communities we serve for many years to come,” said Franciscan Health Michigan City President and CEO Dean Mazzoni.