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Franciscan Health announces $28 million modernization project for Rensselaer hospital

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Franciscan Health’s hospital in Rensselaer is getting some major upgrades.

The health system Aug. 9 announced a $28 million plan to update and modernize the hospital, which officials say sets the stage for “the next generation of health care in Jasper County and surrounding communities.” A groundbreaking date and expected start of construction are both pending.

Among the major changes include modernizing the emergency department and emhancements to patient rooms. Tonn and Blank Construction of Michigan City will oversee the project.

“We’re gratified that our board is investing in Rensselaer to provide the community with state-of-the-art facilities that match the outstanding care delivered by our compassionate staff,” said Carlos Vasquez, vice president and chief operating officer at Franciscan Health Rensselaer.

Chad Pulver, board member of Franciscan Health Western Indiana, said being in a rural area, Jasper County is fortunate to have convenient, local access to a hospital and specialized health care services.

The planned updates to the hospital provide other benefits, he said.

“(It) sets the stage for Jasper County to remain self-sufficient and continue to improve quality of life with convenient access of medical needs, employment opportunities and model healthy living in a rural environment,” Pulver said.   

Renovations also are planned for the hospital’s infrastructure and central plant equipment, some of which has been in use since the 1960s.

Vasquez said planning for the project includes ensuring the hospital can continue offering all patient services when work is underway. Some hospital services may change locations during construction to ensure patient and staff safety, he said.


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