Lutheran Health Network broke ground at 12404 Lima Road in Huntertown on Sept. 14 for the new Urgent Care and Primary Care Facility. The facility is set to open July 2022.
“I am very excited about this new site and that it will increase access to quality healthcare services for Huntertown and northwest Fort Wayne residents,” said CEO of Lutheran Health Network Scott Teffeteller. “This announcement reinforces that we are putting our resources toward increased medical services, facilities and technology that are important to our patients.”
The new facility will provide primary care, urgent care, laboratory and imaging services. Construction on the 22,000 square foot project will begin immediately.
“The Huntertown area is a growing community, including many new housing developments, which builds the demand for quality healthcare services,” said Huntertown Town Council member and Redevelopment Commission president Brandon Seifert. “We welcome Lutheran Health Network to our community to serve our residents’ needs for medical care close to home.”
MKM Architecture + Design is the architect for the project and the general contractor is FCI Construction.
“This building will provide comprehensive primary and urgent care,” Teffeteller said. “You can come in and see a primary care doctor for long-term issues and see an urgent care doctor for short-term issues and get labs and imaging done all in the same building.”
Teffeteller said LHN observed all of the possibilities and spots that would serve the most of their patients and landed on Huntertown.
“We have Dupont Hospital right down the street and this will be a great access point,” he said. “We are all about creating additional access points right now.”
Teffeteller said Huntertown is in the right location that allows them to reach out to the community as opposed to having the community reach out to them. He said the facility plans to staff between 35 and 40 employees, half of which will be new. There will be six to eight different healthcare providers.
“This is something that is very needed in our community,” Seifert said. “Now people won’t have to travel half an hour or 20 minutes down the road.”
Seifert said the town council is “very excited” to have LHN in Huntertown.
“We’re very excited and very thankful to Lutheran Health Network for coming to Huntertown and coming to us for choosing a new clinic,” he said.
Seifert said he hopes the new clinic will show residents of Huntertown that it is a large community that has the needs for clinics and groups like LHN.
“With how fast our growth is, now we have to match the growth with our business aspects,” he said. “It’s a win-win situation.”