(LaPorte, IN) - A new miniature hospital in LaPorte began seeing patients today.
Franciscan Beacon Hospital opened its doors at 10 a.m.
The over 20 million dollar facility along State Road 2 West has
10 emergency room beds and eight inpatient beds.
Dr. Lars Kneller, a member of the hospital board of directors, said the hospital
has a full service emergency room operating 24 hours, seven days a week.
He said the hospital is for short term care and patients with more complex issues
requiring longer stays will be transferred to hospitals in Michigan City or
Kneller says talk of building the hospital started about three years ago
so the doors opening brings a real sense of accomplishment.