IU Health Starke Hospital officials are putting the finishing touches on the design of a new, state-of-the-art hospital. A second cardboard mock-up of the space is set up at the former Freeman Products building at the intersection of Culver Road and Klockner Drive in Knox. IU Health Starke Hospital President Craig Felty says they’ve taken public input to heart.
“We started out with four beds. Our first plan for this had 10 beds. Now we’re up to 13 beds with two of those being flex beds, and we also have the ability to flex even more. We have pre-op and post-op beds we can use for patients, and we’ve increased the amount of beds in the emergency department because our emergency department is really, really growing.”
Each of the patient rooms will have a private bath and shower, visitor seating and a recliner in case a family member wants to spend the night. They will also feature a linen and supply storage area that is accessible from the both the hallway and inside the room so the housekeeping staff does not have to disturb the patient.
Felty says the new hospital will be patient-friendly and will provide the best care possible to meet all of the community’s needs.
“Our services we do here are within immediate walking distance as you walk in the door. Wellness and rehab is right there. You won’t have to trek through the hospital to get to it. The blood draw station is within 15-20 feet of registration. Diagnostic imaging you saw last month is right there at the entrance.”
Bistro 35, the recently opened community dining facility at the existing hospital, will be incorporated into the food service area of the new building. Plans call for private dining areas as well. They will be suitable for group meetings and will also offer families of patients a quiet retreat.
The fitness center will also feature state-of-the-art amenities and 24-hour community access via swipe card.
Felty says a lot of input from colleagues has gone into designing a facility to accommodate Starke County’s health care needs for the next half century or longer. He says hospital officials have also used consultants to project patient volumes in five to 10 years.
Members of the community can tour the mock-up tomorrow from 2 until 4 p.m. Felty hopes to finalize plans and break ground on the new building early next year. It will be located between the existing hospital and medical office building. Once it’s complete, the current hospital will be torn down and turned into a parking area.