Franciscan Health Michigan City Presented Blessing and Tour for VIP Guests

Franciscan Health Michigan City Presented Blessing and Tour for VIP Guests
By: Kole Rushmore Last Updated: December 7, 2018

“The new $240 million 425k square-foot facility, demonstrates the commitment the Franciscan alliance has made to our community, and will carry us to the 22nd century,” said Dr. David Fumo, Medical Staff President at Franciscan Health Michigan City.

In celebration of the Franciscan Alliance’s commitment to the community, the hospital invited VIP members to a blessing from Donald Hying, Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, followed by an elaborate tour of the new state-of-the-art facility, Thursday, December 6.

“This has been in the works for two and a half years,” said Dean Mazzoni, President and CEO of the hospital at today’s blessing. “We broke ground in May 2016, and this is the combination of hard work, teamwork, dedication, and commitment.”

Franciscan Health Michigan City is scheduled to open on January 12th, 2019. The new hospital will provide comprehensive services in a space that promotes well-being and solace. All of the 123 private rooms are equipped with smart TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows, couches that fold out into beds, and much more to accommodate your healthcare needs.

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“This will give us the tools to practice the art of medicine,” said Dr. Fumo. “The details, like smart TVs in each room, that allow physicians to assign with education videos for explaining procedures that can be viewed by the patient on demand.”

“[It will include] Room signs that have real-time information,” Dr. Fumo explained. “If I find a patient that needs to be in isolation and I’m in my office and put the order into place, it alerts the nurse and changes their room sign to show they’re in isolation. All within 90-seconds.”

"We're so excited to be opening this new facility with the latest & greatest technology around," said Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairwoman of Franciscan Alliance. "We'll be able to continue to provide the same passionate care we've always shown for the next 100+ years."

Other amenities include: 24/7 emergency department, eight fully-integrated surgery Smart Suites, inpatient and outpatient surgical services with IMPACT Center, centralized cardiac monitoring, a full service imaging department and a conveniently accessible chapel.

“Everything here is state-of-the-art technology; it was designed and built with the patient in mind,” said Mazzoni. “If you look across the country, hospitals struggle with patient infection. We’ve done everything to minimize that and provide a safe patient experience here.”

“We’re here to serve and we’re happy to take care of everyone in the community,” Mazzoni explained. “Caring for patients at Franciscan is more than a job, it’s our mission.”

A preview for the public is set for Saturday, December 8th. For more information on the new hospital, visit https://www.franciscanhealth.org/newhospitalmc.