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Lutheran to add pediatric ER department

Lutheran Children’s Hospital will build a pediatric emergency department onto the southwest Fort Wayne hospital, officials announced today.Details – including the project’s price tag – will be announced at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a news conference on the Lutheran Hospital campus. The 7,100-square-foot addition will be adjacent to the hospital’s main emergency department.

The event, which includes a few ceremonial hammer swings to an old nursing station, kicks off construction.

Lutheran Children’s Hospital was created in 1999, using the “hospital-within-a-hospital” concept. A tree house elevator carries young patients to the third-floor pediatric outpatient clinics and inpatient ward. But pediatric services are not limited to one contiguous space within Lutheran Hospital, spokesman Geoff Thomas said.

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