Franciscan Healthcare-Munster: New Emergency Department a Thing of Beauty to Munster

Franciscan-Healthcare-Munster-New-Emergency-Department-a-thing-of-beauty-to-MunsterFranciscan Health-Munster recently received a Beautification Award from the town's Chamber of Commerce, following the opening in January of a new Emergency Department, which is the highlight of a massive hospital renovation project, other components of which will be completed soon. Shown with the award plaque are, from left, Sean Leahy, hospital director of ancillary and support services; Sister Maria Kolbe Elsto, chaplain; Sister Aline Shultz, chief operations officer; Sister Cecilia Clare Stoffel, patient advocate; and Laura Mannion, a member of the chamber's Board of Directors and Franciscan Alliance Foundation director of development. Not pictured is Wendy Mis, chamber executive director, who earlier presented the award.

During the presentation, Mis said, “The $70 million investment to improve health care in Northwest Indiana, by offering a five-level emergency department, is just the beginning of a massive expansion project here in Munster. The high level of quality health care services offered, as well as the beautiful facilities, made the decision to present the award to Franciscan Health an easy one.” The chamber established the annual award in 1987, to encourage and recognize businesses that make extraordinary efforts to improve and beautify their property, whether inside or out, not only for the benefit of their business, but for the enjoyment of the community as a whole, Mis said.