Frequently Asked Questions regarding Lutheran Downtown Hospital
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Q: What services will be included in Lutheran Downtown?
A: When completed, Lutheran Downtown will open with:
- 60 inpatient beds
- a 19-bed emergency department
- a six-suite OR
- three cardiac catheterization labs
- two gastroenterology suites
- hyperbaric medicine and wound care
- imaging services including MRI and CT
- robotic-assisted surgery
- laboratory services and
- the regional burn center
Q: Why are you building a new hospital instead of renovating the existing one?
A: The existing building, which has gone through many physical changes over the years, has limitations that make it more difficult to add today's medical advancements and create an optimal environment for staff to deliver the experience patients need and expect. Some sections are nearly 90 years old.
Q: When will construction start?
A: Design work and planning with local officials will begin immediately. Construction is expected to start this summer with an anticipated completion in late 2021. Based on patient utilization and future needs, the facility's design includes space to grow the total number of beds to more than 100.