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Lutheran Children's Hospital

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Lutheran Children’s Hospital (LCH) is the first comprehensive children’s hospital in Fort Wayne. Since opening in 1999, LCH has created a dedicated “children’s hospital within a hospital” concept with recent facility investment of $10M.  LCH is a tertiary care facility, with neonatal, maternal/fetal and pediatric transport programs that includes Lutheran Air and dedicated LCH Mobile Intensive Care Units, as well as a verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.

Level III Pediatric/PICU and NICU/OB care are currently focused at LCH (south) but sister-facilities including Dupont Hospital (north) and St. Joseph hospital (downtown) are developing coordinated, network systems of care for mother/baby and pediatrics that will result in more robust pediatric and perinatal programs of excellence and elevate the overall level of pediatric medicine in Northeast Indiana.

The LCH facility includes:

  • 24-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), plus 25 beds at Dupont
  • 8-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), plus 3 intermediate beds at Dupont Hospital Fall 2017
  • 31-bed General Pediatrics Unit, plus 10 beds at Dupont
  • 20-bed Level II/III Obstetrics Unit, plus 48 beds at Dupont
  • 7-bed Pediatric Emergency Department, adding 4 additional beds Fall 2017
  • Pediatric specialties include large inpatient and outpatient:
    • surgery
    • gastroenterology
    • pulmonary/cystic fibrosis/sleep
    • diabetes/endocrine
    • hematology/oncology & sickle cell
    • cardiology
    • genitourinary
    • cleft/craniofacial
    • neonatal/developmental follow-up
    • conscious sedation
  • Pediatric burn program is housed at St. Joseph Hospital

Lutheran Hospital is a 396-bed tertiary care facility that opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1904. Lutheran’s areas of specialized care include northern Indiana’s only heart and kidney transplant programs, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®, Level II verified adult and pediatric trauma centers, an accredited and commended community hospital cancer care program and a certified primary stroke center.

Lutheran’s trailblazing history of heart care is also evident through its accreditations as a heart failure institute and chest pain center. It has also achieved advanced certification from The Joint Commission for ventricular assist devices. Lutheran Children’s Hospital teams with more than 75 pediatricians practicing in 27 areas of pediatric specialty in an environment filled with imagination and color. Lutheran Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of expertise and technology locally so patients don’t have to travel hours from home to receive the care they deserve.

Lutheran Health Network, whose members are owned by subsidiaries of Community Health Systems, is an integrated healthcare delivery system and the largest healthcare provider in the region with eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds including 793 in Allen County alone. The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is a strong team consisting of more than 7,000 associates. Each network entity offers a wide range of services and specialties. LHN facilities had more than 41,500 inpatient admissions and more than half a million outpatient visits in 2012.  The community of Ft. Wayne, Indiana is a great place to live, work, play and raise children. Ft. Wayne, the state’s second largest city, is a three-time All-America City Award winner and has also received the City Livability Award from The United States Conference of Mayors. Our community is affordable – 9% below the national average – and regularly ranks near the top of the list for most affordable housing.

The educational system includes multiple universities and excellent public and private schools. Art and cultural activities include a 66-mile trail network, the Philharmonic, multiple museums, and sports teams. “The Summit City” also offers many opportunities for golf enthusiasts including courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. Furthermore, Ft. Wayne is centrally located and just a short drive from major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Detroit. 

Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized care through its hospitals, patient care centers and physician practices. The strength of Lutheran Health Network allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians, innovate with the newest technology and participate in clinical research. These attributes enable it to sustain and grow its spectrum of services, and most importantly, deliver the choice, support, care and patient experience that have long been its hallmark. Network members include Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Dukes Memorial Hospital, Dupont Hospital, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, The Orthopedic Hospital, RediMed, Rehabilitation Hospital of Ft. Wayne, St. Joseph Hospital and Community Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of the network located in northwestern Ohio.