(La Porte, IN) - We’ve learned more about the upcoming demolition of the former La Porte Hospital.
Right now, hospital officials said equipment and other furnishings on the inside are being removed from the structure. Once completed, the building will start being demolished in pieces with an excavator, and the site should be cleared by this time next year, hospital officials said.
Hospital officials also revealed the site would be converted into a grassy park-like space for the community to enjoy where the hospital retains ownership of the property. Officials said that they would explore any other type of use in the future with the city before a final decision.
Completed in 1972, the old hospital building is coming down after a new hospital called Northwest Health opened a short distance away on State Street in 2020.
Leigh Morris, chief executive officer and president of La Porte Hospital for more than 20-years beginning in the 1970s, said it’s difficult for him to see the chain link fencing up around the site.
The purpose of the fencing is to keep the public safe from the upcoming teardown.
Morris said La Porte Hospital replaced two aging hospitals that once served La Porte and was a symbol of modern medicine when it first opened.
“Even though I got some sad feelings about seeing that hospital torn down, I understand, and we will move ahead and have a wonderful health service in this community going forward,” Morris said.